Boots & Pine


Cara Marie Piazza in Gowanus

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Where did you grow up?


What brought you to New York? 

I moved to London for Uni, and then came back to start my business. There’s something about NYC that always draws you back.

What do you do for a living?

I am a natural dyer and part time in house dyer and assistant to Alice Waese.

How did you get started?

I took a workshop at Uni on natural dyeing and was instantly hooked. After experimenting four hours with natural dyestuffs, I realized that it was necessary I dedicate my profession to being a witch. I made my final collection with dyes only sourced from food wastes and then decided to set up shop back at home. Now I collaborate with designers to naturally dye their collections as well as sell kimonos, slips and scarves to private clients.

What’s your favorite thing about your neighborhood?

I just moved to south Williamsburg, where I love that you’re surrounded by cheap cobblers, still have good deal at the bodega and then can be over the bridge to the lower east side in a minute. There’s something that doesn’t feel gentrified yet which I like and is hard to come by.

For my studio in gowanus it is the low lying buildings and industrial back drop is a bizarrely cleansing palatte for my dyeing work. Having the starkness around me definitely influences my color choices.

What’s the last treasure you found?

Can it be a treasure someone found for me? A good friend Daniela, on her trip to Spain found the most amazing vintage book on natural dyes in her house’s library and brought it back for me. It’s a real treasure.

If you were going to eat your last meal in New York, where and what would you eat?

One of my favorite places in the world is Milon, the top left Bangladeshi restaurant on 6th and 1st. The low hanging chili lights, willingness to pretend it’s your birthday every time you go, the Bangladeshi techno disco party for your pretend birthday combined with free mango ice cream make it a really magical place.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Lynn Yaeger.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Witchy woman – the eagles.

What does New York need that it doesn’t have now?

My future Natural dye factory / food waste to dye processing plant.

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