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"Nomads and Driftwood" Nomads and Driftwood is committed to quality, but not at the expense of the environment or the people and communities it touches. For this reason we are committed to responsible sourcing and creation and to the use of environmentally friendly and/or recycled goods as far as possible. 

1. Our Wearable Art

What is the Ethos of our Wearable Art

Our wearable art is the result of a collaboration between myself, as a designer (using my own original images), and the maker, brokered by VIDA. Our shared vision is to build beautiful products, made in a responsible way that make the wearer feel beautiful inside and out - contemporary life and mindful global citizenship. 

We do this by creating an ecosystem where all the players benefit from the process of building these products. We believe in respecting the makers of the products we bring into our lives, and for every product made, literacy and education programmes are supported in their factories across the globe. Items are only manufactured on demand to ensure we bring into the world only that which people want.


What fabric do we use?

We use 100% modal - Modal is a luxuriously soft botanic silk fabric made of beechwood. Its botanic origin makes it eco-friendly and its fineness is comparable to that of natural silk.

How do I care for this Precious Fabric? 

Light, thin and soft; with a beautiful matte finish, DRY CLEAN ONLY. Do not bleach 


2. Our Images

What is the Ethos of our Images

Our images are the original work of Alison Ross or, where credited, kindly made available by Colin Ross. Items are only made on demand to ensure that we only bring into the world that which people want. 

We are committed to quality, but not at the expense of the environment and therefore each image is produced on museum grade, acid free paper and recycled paper is used  wherever possible, for our packaging. 


What is a Limited Edition Print?

Some images are only available as Limited edition prints. This means that only a limited number of that specific image are printed. This number is stated clearly at the start of the print run, and once sold - thats it! There are no more - no matter how much people love it or how fast it sells out


How can you be sure it is a Limited Edition Print?

When you choose your Limited Edition Print the size of the edition run is clearly stated. Once your print is produced it is signed, dated and numbered. It is then sent to you with a Certificate of Authenticity. 


What is Archival or Museum Grade Paper?

Fine art papers described as being Archival Quality can also referred to as Museum Grade. According to ISO Standard 11108 this means it is Acid free (with a pH of between 7.5 and 10); has an alkalai reserve of at least 2% calcium carbonate; the paper is resistant to tearing; the paper is free of easily oxidised material or lignin; the paper is made from cotton and has a high resitance to breaking by folding.


What is Acid Free Paper?

Acid free paper is paper that if infused in water yields a neutral or alkaline pH (pH 7 or slightly greater). It can be made from any cellulose fibre as long as the active acid pulp is eliminated during processing. It is also lignin and sulphur free.

How do I care for my Image?

The finest materials are used to create your image, to ensure its long lasting beauty. To properly care for your investment it should never be displayed in strong ultraviolet radiation (such as direct sunlight!) and never without proper framing, ideally including UV filtering glass.

How long will my image take to arrive?

When you order your image we will discuss delivery options with you. However, as a rough rule of thumb, we ask that you expect your order to take approximately two weeks to arrive. While we strive to have each image in its new home well before this, we realise that with the vagaries of postal services etc. and we believe it is always best to under promise and over deliver rather than the other way around!

How can the work you select be finished?

Images and poetry can be ordered as standard in either 12" x 12" or  8" x 8" format, as well as in greeting cards. I am more than happy to discuss different formats, whether larger, smaller or canvas wraps. However, these are custom finishes and will need to be specially ordered.


3. Our Poetry

Poetry is all the original work of Alison Ross.

4. Returns

If I am not happy how can I return the item? 


For wearable art - the return policy is available to view on the website.

For publications - the returns policy is available on the website.


For images - return the image in its original condition and packaging within 14 days of purchase and we will be happy to give you a full refund. 



5. General FAQs

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from the world around me, people, places and the life experiences I encounter. I feel particularly inspired by wild spaces, where nature is still relatively untouched - under wide sky, empty beaches and where horizons are limitless. I love to throw away my watch and settle into nature's rhythm of tide and light.

For more information on preserving wild places in Scotland check out the John Muir Trust at

These beautiful images are the work of Colin Ross. For further information please contact Colin Ross either using the link below or visit our sister website at

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