Michelle Moore Designs

Michelle Moore, an artist and surface designer in Hudson Valley, New York, embraces sustainable practices, creating one-of-a-kind works of art with natural dyes. From growing flowers to hand-dying textiles and paper, her slow, thoughtful process reflects her deep connection to nature.

Michelle Moore Designs

Edition 4 Feature
Words by: Michelle Moore 
Location: Hudson Valley, New York, USA 
Photo Credit: ©AlexHealyPhoto @alexhealystudio 


I am an artist and surface designer, who currently works with natural dyes made using home-grown and locally grown flowers, natural extracts and respectfully foraged leaves, like hemp, birch and sumac, as well as barks, black walnuts and so much more. I hand-dye everything from textiles to paper in small batches, to create one-of-a-kind works of art. So much goes into each piece, from growing and harvesting flowers to scouring and mordanting the fabric and finally dyeing it. I love the process, though: it’s slow and thoughtful, and yet allows so much room for creativity. 

Nature has always been, and will always be, my main source of inspiration. I was born and raised among the beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New York State, USA. Each season in the Hudson Valley brings so much to look forward to. In spring and summer, I search the local farm stands for the most incredible seasonal fruits, veggies and my favourite flowers. Autumn brings abundant apple and pumpkin picking. Winter has its own magic, with snow-covered hiking trails, frozen lakes and the majestic Hudson River in full flow. I also enjoy wandering the colourful streets of Woodstock and perusing the local consignment shops for forgotten treasures. It is an area rich in unique experiences, which keeps me constantly intrigued.