Welcome to Olive & Company! We are so happy you found us. Explore our collections to shop our handcrafted hatbands and custom printed textiles.
Meet the maker!
Hi! I'm Olivia. I am the designer and maker of everything you see here. I live in a small town in Wyoming with my husband, our son and two pups. We love to spend time outside mountain biking, paddle boarding, skiing, and hunting.
A couple years ago, I went on my first upland bird hunt and really enjoyed myself. (We love being able to eat field to table.) The feathers we plucked from the pheasants that day were too beautiful to discard, so my feather hoarding began. It is a problem, I was saving all these feathers unsure of what to do with them---but I just couldn't let them go to waste. It wasn't until a year later, my mom taught me how to do this cyanotype process. I tried it first with flowers and then I had the idea to try some of my feather collection. And immediately after finishing my first sun print that day, I knew I finally found a way to share the beauty of the feathers in a unique way!
But still I had a feather problem..so began my hatband and medallion pieces that have become such statement pieces and a fun way to share these natural works of art.
Every piece is one-of-a-kind! No two are the same even if they are arranged the same way.
What is cyanotype?
Cyanotype is an antique photographic process, using the sun to expose images on paper--or in my case fabric. I collect feathers and flowers and arrange them on my fabric, which has been pre-treated with ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. With this treatment the fabric is a light olive green color. Once I have my objects arranged in the design I like, I take the fabric outside to be exposed to the sun. After exposure, 20-60 minutes, I remove the objects and wash the fabric. Everything the sun touches deepens to the blue you see in my images, leaving behind a white negative of the objects used.