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Silk & Willow’s Shellie Pomeroy Brings Poetry to American Made

Based in the Hudson Valley in New York, Silk & Willow plant dyes silk into some of the most poetic, luxe colors we’ve ever seen. Founder Shellie Pomeroy says “I continue to create and explore products that will compliment our ribbon line. I am passionate about hand crafted items of the highest quality and materials sourced from ethical companies. All of […]

Han Purple: A 2,800-Year-Old Color Quantum Physicists Are Trying to Understand

According to Ancient Origins,  “Han purple is an artificial pigment created by the Chinese over 2,500 years ago, which was used in wall paintings and to decorate the famous terracotta warriors, as well as ceramics, metal ware, and jewelry. The pigment is a technological wonder, made through a complex process of grinding up raw materials […]

Vermont Artist Dyes Fabric With Sumac And Indigo For Janis Joplin-Inspired Clothing

VPR, Vermont NPR writes: “Recently,  NPR has been exploring the concept of color and the impact that rich hues have in our day-to-day lives. That’s a topic that’s near and dear to one Northeast Kingdom artist. Graham Keegan makes fabric dye from plants that he harvests near his Kirby home — plants like wild sumac and […]

EXHIBIT: The Drawing Center Features ‘Thread Lines’

IF IN NYC….”This group exhibition features sixteen artists who engage in sewing, knitting, and weaving to create a wide-range of works that activate the expressive and conceptual potential of line and illuminate affinities between the mediums of textile and drawing. Multi-generational in scope, Thread Lines brings together those pioneers who—challenging entrenched modernist hierarchies—first unraveled the […]

Upstate’s Designer Breaks Down Shibori Dyeing, GIF-Style

Ok, so this GIF-Style guide to shibori dyeing on Racked is completely amazing. While they don’t use natural dyes, let us suggest our very own Indigo Shibori Kit that is a fan favorite. Now, get reading this story because it’s awesome. “Upstate‘s beautifully dyed designs may look like they were crafted in a Catskills cabin, […]

‘Water and Earth’ on View at Gallery 51 in North Adams, MA

Gallery 51 manager Julia Morgan-Leamon and North Adams, Massachusetts artist Sarah Sutro, who has a studio in the Eclipse Mill, have curated a group show of 10 local, national and international artists, in “Water and Earth,” a call to protect fragile ecosystems. “Sutro brought the idea to the gallery. It has roots in a trip […]

Berlin-Based Blond and Bieber Create Stunning Algae Dyes

We found this amazing article today on Dezeen featuring Berlin design studio Blond and Bieber. The duo uses algae to create colorful dyes for textile printing and has just won a competition for young designers organized by Lodz Design Festival. The studio’s founders Essi Johanna Glomb and Rasa Weber have also created an analogue textile-printer that […]

Ask Kathy: I Want Saturated Color!

Dear Kathy, I am a total newbie natural dyer and one thing I keep wondering about is why am I always getting a marbling effect when I dye? I’d love to know how to get saturated color! My husband and I would like to darken our denim and it’s not working the way we’d like. […]