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Video From Live FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Making Green With Natural Dyes

By Amy DuFault | January 14, 2022

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had Botanical Colors President Kathy Hattori show us how to make green with natural dyes. Using powdered fustic, weld, and as Kathy calls it, “a new crazy chlorophyll mixture,” she showed the versatility of our dyes to achieve colors maybe you’ve only dreamed of. Watch the video here. Some […]


By Amy DuFault | January 14, 2022

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we’ll have artist Yasuna Iman who uses art as a vessel for reflection. Based in Paris, France, Yasuna (b.1995) is a multidisciplinary artist developing a visual abstract language on natural paper and wood, using handmade botanical pigments, rust, plants, and other raw materials sourced in the natural world. Yasuna says […]

Video From Live FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Around the World in 80 Fabrics

By Amy DuFault | January 10, 2022

Our last FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with National Geographic Explorers Tierney Thys (a marine conservationist), Carroll Dunham (a medical anthropologist), and Lesli Robertson (a textile educator/consultant) for “Around the World in 80 Fabrics.” The three shared their discoveries of fabrics from nature through their project, Around the World in 80 Fabrics – from natural dyes used […]

Video From Live FEEDBACK FRIDAY: (All Things Indigo) With Britt Boles of Seaspell Fiber

By Amy DuFault | December 21, 2021

Our last FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with “indigo doula,” yes, that’s what we all call her, Britt Boles, founder of Seaspell Fiber and the super popular Indigo Pigment Extraction Methods group on Facebook. Britt shared lots of exciting and helpful information on the nuances of growing/vatting homegrown pigment vs commercial pigment and showcased her recycled plastic […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: The Color Association of the U.S. (+ Aboubakar Fofana Trunk Show!)

By Amy DuFault | December 13, 2021

Last week, we had The Color Association of the U.S. (CAUS) plus an Aboubakar Fofana trunk show! Leslie Harrington, Executive Director of CAUS and Tess Murdoch, Senior Trend Analyst gave us some background history on CAUS and talked about how forecasting is changing and also, how they just launched their very first natural dye collection […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Seaweed Sculptor Jeannet Leendertse

By Amy DuFault | December 5, 2021

Last week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY, we were so fortunate to have Maine-based seaweed sculptor Jeannet Leendertse. Jeannet uses seaweed to create structural forms inspired by the rugged coast of Maine’s landscape. Natural colors from the seaweed take front and center as does a closer look at carbon sequestration and our oceans. How are you using […]

Embroidery Workshop With Rachel MacHenry of Botanica Tinctoria

By Amy DuFault | December 1, 2021

Did you join us for a free online embroidery workshop with Rachel MacHenry of Botanica Tinctoria? The workshop took place on Thursday, December 9th at 9am Pacific/noon Eastern. If you missed it you can still watch it, just purchase thread or a pattern kit from Botanica Tinctoria and we’ll send you the password as well […]

How To Make Your Own Signature Black Natural Dye

By Amy DuFault | November 26, 2021

Want to know how to make your very own signature black natural dye? Here’s a really good black recipe from Kathy to send you into tannin and iron experiments all day…or maybe, for the rest of your life. Black with gallo tannin, iron and logwood is a historical recipe from Europe and creates a warm […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Indigo & Oak (+Stony Creek Colors!)

By Amy DuFault | November 23, 2021

Last week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had Molly Roškar of Indigo & Oak and Sarah Bellos from Stony Creek Colors. Molly talked about color on a medium we don’t always consider, wood. She addressed the way natural dye and different finishes become lenses through which we can see and interact with this particular fiber. A […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Zapotec Textile Artist + Natural Dyer Porfirio Gutíerrez

By Amy DuFault | November 14, 2021

Last week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had Zapotec textile artist, natural dyer, researcher, educator Porfirio Gutíerrez. Porfirio talked about his educational and artistic work now based in his Ventura, California studio and gave us a tour. We even got to partake in a live trunk show! You can still shop here. Watch the video here. […]