Twenty-five years ago in 1992, Dolphin began dyeing and drawing on big and baggy, brushed cotton shorts. He ventured onto Queen St. in Toronto, opened up an ironing board to place his wares, and commenced on his entrepreneurial, artistic journey!
Dolphin and Gaia met in Morocco in 1995, got engaged in Guatemala in ’96, married in France in ’97 and proceeded to have 3 kids (a boy and twin girls) in 14 months! A whirlwind! With all the kids still in diapers Dolphin quit his regular job after his last night of parental leave for the twins. What to do now? In the winter of ’99: book craft shows and festivals… make and dye shorts! The beginning of…
THE FUNKY CLOTHESLINE
Now, in its nineteenth year doing the summer circuit, The Funky Clothesline exhibits at Craft Shows and Festivals throughout Ontario. A full line and wide variety of original, colourful, hand-dyed and painted clothing has blossomed, from infant-wear to plus sizes… shorts; cargo pants; six types of dresses; nine types of tops and tee’s; skirts; sarongs; scarves; hats; bandannas; diaper suits and more. Also available is an organic line of cotton funky tops and various dresses.
The majority of the blank garments are cut and sewn from Dolphin and Gaia’s original designs and patterns. For the organic line the cotton or bamboo fabric is milled in Ontario and Quebec. They tie, and then hand-dye all clothing themselves using sponge brushes and various unconventional methods and constantly experiment with colours, techniques and different fabrics. Gaia further enhances selected garments with original drawings using permanent fabric paints. At the shows personalized drawings can also be requested.