This week, we’ve got video from our live FEEDBACK FRIDAY featuring Kenya Miles and her Blue Light Junction Studio. Blue Light Junction is a natural dye studio, alternative color lab, retail space, dye garden and educational facility in central Baltimore. Kenya is also artist in residence for the Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative at MICA and Parks & People, an initiative to grow and process natural dyes in Baltimore city. This was part 3 in a 3-part series featuring the Natural Dye Initiative at MICA.
PLEASE support Kenya’s Blue Light Junction Buildout on GoFundMe here.
Catch part 1 with the Indigo Shade Map and Rosa Chang here.
Catch part 2 with Afrofuturist, natural dyer, artist and dancer Kibibi Ajanku here.
NEXT WEEK: Wild Pigment Project
Next week, our special guest is Tilke Elkins, founder of Wild Pigment Project. Wild Pigment Project supports the global art community to use pigments that reflect values of racial, economic, and ecological equity. Tilke does this by fostering a network of artists, foragers, designers, craftspersons, scientists, farmers, researchers, ecologists and others passionate about wild pigments. The project aspires to provide generous resources to facilitate learning about land stewardship through ethically gathered botanical, mineral and waste-stream-derived materials used to make paint, ink and dye.
Tilke Elkins, a painter and social practice artist living near the banks of the Willamette River on Kalapuya lands in Oregon, is the orchestrator of Wild Pigment Project, which she founded in the spring of 2019. With this as with all her projects, her aim is to deepen the love of and attachment to place, with all the joys and sorrows this entails.
RSVP FOR FEEDBACK FRIDAY WITH Wild Pigment Project here.
If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability and Social Media Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori.