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TERRA OOAK

SLOW SUSTAINABLE HANDMADE
DESIGNED AND HANDCRAFTED IN FRANCE & HONG KONG
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Hello, and thanks for visiting Terra Ooak!

My name is Liz J Young Lim and I’ve been creating bespoke homeware and accessories since 2012.

During my year of backpacking, I walked the Camino de Santiago that led me to settle in Finisterre, a small rural fishing village in the northwest of Spain. A fellow pilgrim showed me how to make macrame bracelets, and soon after I started to practice sewing with recycled fabric from clothes left behind by pilgrims. A year later, I moved to the Pyrenees mountains in France where I continued to experiment and learn how to backstrap weave, embroider, quilt, and work with leather over the years.

Everything I create is one of a kind, meticulously handcrafted with earth friendly materials. Inspired by traditional cloth and wear and old ways of making, I work slowly, with attention to detail and with longevity in mind. My hope is that these items will be cherished for a long time.

After 8 years in the Pyrenees mountains in France, I am currently living and working in Hong Kong.

FABRIC WITH A STORY:

-All the fabrics I make use have been collected over years of travel. Hand spun wool from Morocco, antique textiles from Vietnam and Thailand, plant dyed fabrics from Korea, French Linen and other special finds in vintage and second hand shops. Some of the fabrics I work with are decades old.

-I also use organic cloth, deadstock and recycled fabric. When I make something from recycled clothing, each piece is cut carefully to preserve all zippers and buttons, and I make an effort to use the smallest scraps. Apart from a few upcycled pieces I mostly use biodegradable fabrics such as cotton, linen and hemp. Most of the recycled textiles are from a non profit organisation in south west France. They work in educating and spreading awareness about the environment, funding solidarity projects, taking people off the streets and making their community self sufficient by growing their own food, building their own homes and taking care of animals.

-All leather items from this shop are made with scraps from a local artisan who works with high quality leather from the above mentioned nonprofit. The string used in macrame and stitching leather are all individually hand twisted and waxed with organic beeswax from a local honey maker in the Pyrenees.

-Accessories and jewellery are made from pieces that have been carefully collected over time, such as antiques from the jade market in Hong Kong, Karen hill tribe silver from Thailand, and pieces from small shops and artisans during my travels. I also collect little treasures from nature, such as stones from the river and earth, or driftwood from the beach.

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