Join us May 22nd, 9am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern for a live Zoom FEEDBACK FRIDAY for the launch of an Indigo Shade Map with Maryland Institute College of Art and the Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative.


The Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative brings together multiple agencies, including the Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as artists and designers to explore the cultural and economic impacts of growing, processing and using natural dyes in the greater Baltimore region. As part one in a 3-part series, we’ll take a look at a newly created Indigo Shade Map, an evolving online, interactive site that maps the locations, histories, and cultures of indigo plants, developed by Rosa Chang and a group of MICA students.

Other independent projects that have been part of this initiative include a dye garden and alternative color lab in Baltimore, as well as an art and performance project that looks at the connections between West African indigo traditions and communities in Baltimore. This first conversation focusing on The Indigo Shade Map, introduces the work at MICA that has served as a container for these projects, and focuses on the development of the map as part of a class called “Natural Dye as Intercultural Connector.” Rosa Chang will be joined by MICA Fiber Department Faculty Valeska Populoh and the student researchers listed below.


Rosa Sung Ji Chang 장성 is a Korean female interdisciplinary artist focusing on natural dye/indigo and its culture as a form of art practice and visual storytelling content.

Jennifer Nguyen is a fiber artist interested in natural dyes and traditional methods of art. They use their work as a tool to reconnect with their Vietnamese heritage, family, and Asian culture through the use of research and practice.

Valeska Populoh works as an artist, educator and cultural organizer in her adopted hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. She is on the faculty of the Fiber Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she has been facilitating the “Natural Dye as Intercultural Connector” course.

Eva Sailly is a curator based in Baltimore and a recent MFA Curatorial Practice graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Eva’s work includes “What to Make of Earth and Dust,” a pop-up workshop and performance series highlighting the recitation of brujería among young Latinx and Afro-Latinx educators, activists and practitioners.

Ayobami Adeyemo is a multidisciplinary artist whose interest lies in studying textiles and dye methods from various parts of the world.


If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we are emailed with questions from our natural dye community. Weekly, all of  your questions are answered by Kathy Hattori, Founder of Botanical Colors. Both Kathy and Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability and Social Media Director will be on hand to moderate and answer questions.

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