The JUNCO Story
From a love of photography to a passion for textile art.
How it all started
Hello! I’m Tania
Nice to meet you.
Hello! My name is Tania Alexis Clarke. I’m based in Vancouver, Canada and have been practicing visual art for as long as I can remember. Photography has been a large part of my life since I was a teenager learning with my dad’s Canon SLR 35mm film camera. Eventually travel became another passion, and the two together resulted in a huge roster of images. With my graphic design background, years of experimenting with digital photo manipulation led me to creating complex and interesting patterns from natural and urban textures that I captured with my lens. The result was an exciting combination of nature, technology, and fashion. I have been refining the process for textiles and wearable art since 2015.
I am a firm believer in making the best possible impact on our planet, and am committed to ensuring JUNCO follows my personal values. My designs are created with nature in mind. This is both as an inspiration, and a commitment to protecting it. 1% of all sales are donated at the end of each year to an environmental or animal welfare organization. I adopted a pair of rescue birds in 2017, and in 2018 I donated to Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary as I was inspired by their efforts to help orphaned birds.
I am currently researching environmental organizations for 2019. Do you have a favourite environmental charity? I’d love to hear about it! Email me your ideas.
Transparency and the Future
I am inspired by the slow fashion movement. None of my items are mass produced, and everything is printed and hand sewn ethically in Canada. The inks used to dye the fabrics are water soluble and don’t use any nasty chemical processes.
I select high quality, durable fabrics that will last for years to come. Due to technology limitations in Canada, I have been printing on premium polyesters. When I started JUNCO, it was important to me to support the local economy and keep producing locally rather than shipping in items from overseas.
I recognize that polyester is not an ideal fabric for the environment in terms of production and end of life, however high quality polyesters maintain their structure and the garments can be loved for years. One of the fabrics I use is milled in Canada using 70% less energy and water than conventional polyesters.
I encourage you to select your new garments with intention rather than impulse, to ensure you’ll keep it in your collection for a long time. I create my designs with this in mind. Nothing is based on trends or seasons. I create from the heart with the hope that each design will call to someone.
Excitingly, the industry is starting to advance in Canada and I am currently sourcing printing on natural fibres. I look forward to offering a new line of products made of organic fabrics in 2020.
I also look forward to offering a garment recycling service in the future, where your previously loved JUNCO items can be refashioned into something new, or recycled responsibly.
Thank you for choosing small batch, original and independent fashion.