We draw inspiration from the Canadian landscape, nature and the beauty of everyday objects. Through sketching, collage, colour explorations and sampling, we share ideas until we are ready to create a computer-generated image of our final designs. What we get are fun, conversational prints, such as cheerful acorns, oak leaves and gardening tools arranged in repeating patterns and ready to screen-print.
These original patterns are screen-printed on a variety of fabrics using water-based inks at a local Toronto screen-printing factory. Our colours are all mixed by hand.
The entire product line is sewn locally. We fold, package and sell our own collection.
Our decision to keep printing and sewing production in Toronto is a vital part of Schoolyard’s mission to support local businesses. This decision to manufacture close to home ensures that we always meet the highest standards of quality.
We use only water-based pigments on naturally derived fabrics.
Taken from the outer stock of the plant, hemp fibres, also known as flax fibres, have traditionally been used to make strong fabrics. Hemp is renowned as a strong, durable fibre, both long lasting and comfortable.
Fabrics containing hemp are breathable and easily absorb moisture.
Hemp crops do not require the pesticides and herbicides needed for conventional cotton, and are more sustainable and biodegradable than petroleum-derived fibres.
Given hemp’s naturally occurring anti-mildew and bacteriostatic properties and its pesticide-free growing process it is a sensible choice for asthma and allergy sufferers
Organic cotton is produced under stringent regulations and must always be certified by an appropriate third party. It is grown using methods and materials that have a low negative impact on the environment.
Organic production maintains soil fertility, and does not require the use of harmful chemicals as does the cultivation of conventional cotton. It also eliminates the health risks to farmers associated with chemical exposure.
We love organic cotton for its softness, for its versatility, and because we know it’s a great choice for our environment and for our health. Although it costs more than conventional cotton, the benefits of using organic are worth every penny.
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