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RSVP FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Rosalind Wyatt

By Amy DuFault | October 25, 2021

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we have UK-based Rosalind Wyatt, a collage and calligraphy artist. Rosalind explores history and tells stories through natural dyes, needle, thread and fabric through her creative textile art. Check out her website. Check out her Instagram page. RSVP here. About: Rosalind Wyatt is a British artist trained in calligraphy and […]

The Many Faces of Sappanwood Extract: Just Add More (Or Less) Dye + Iron

By Amy DuFault | October 20, 2021

All the images and recipes below should inspire you to try out our newest extract in the shop: sappanwood. It should also make you think about doing your own experiments with different amounts of extracts and adding iron. How many colors are you missing out on?? Our fabulous Kate Rosendale, who wears many Botanical Colors’ […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

By Amy DuFault | October 20, 2021

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. We were joined by Arts & Ecology Co-Director Shannon Algiere and Member Services Center Manager and the farm’s natural dyer, Glynis Cotton. Watch the video here. Learn more about Stone Barns here. Follow them on Instagram here. For nearly two decades, […]

You Asked: What Did I Do Wrong With My Ceriops Tagal?

By Amy DuFault | October 8, 2021

Thanks so much to Sue who wrote to us and documented with her own images, asking why she didn’t get the color she’d hoped from Ceriops tagal. She writes: “I dyed a linen apron and mask commercially dyed off-white. Total weight 225 grams. I scoured them according to Botanical Colors and Catharine Ellis using washing […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Rachel MacHenry of Botanica Tinctoria

By Amy DuFault | October 4, 2021

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had Botanica Tinctoria founder Rachel MacHenry. Rachel talked about her work developing ideas and products focused on natural dyeing, including collections developed with Ajrak dyers in Pakistan, a natural dye research facility in India and forest-based community production in Assam. Her talk looked at the connections between cloth, color, […]

Do You Know How To Mordant Cotton Like a Pro? Amy Doesn’t.

By Amy DuFault | September 30, 2021

Ok, Amy here and I just got back from a week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I always take Botanical Colors’ Wool Gauze with me when I travel to sample local plants and see what kind of color is all around me. This time I brought the wool gauze and mordanted 10 organic cotton bandannas. […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Botanical Printer Irit Dulman

By Amy DuFault | September 17, 2021

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had botanical printer Irit Dulman presenting from Tel Aviv, Israel. Irit’s exploration of eco printing is focused on stark prints and bold colors derived from nature. We love her monochromatic eco printing. Watch the video here. Check out Irit’s website here. Follow Irit on Instagram here. Sign up for […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Heidi Gustafson

By Amy DuFault | September 13, 2021

Last week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had artist and ochre translator, Heidi Gustafson. Heidi is based in the Cascade foothills of rural northern Washington. Her collaborative ochre and iron research projects include work with scientists, anthropologists, linguists, indigenous practioners, citizen foragers, healers, artists and places around the planet. Heidi’s current projects focus on ochre, iron […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Lotta Helleberg

By Amy DuFault | August 30, 2021

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had natural dyer and artist Lotta Helleberg. Lotta talked about her artistic journey, specifically how and why botanical printing, and natural dye processes have become the main focus of her art practice. She also discussed the roles of her local flora and the plants in her dye garden (including […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Takayuki Ishii of Awonoyoh

By Amy DuFault | August 21, 2021

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had Takayuki Ishii of Awonoyoh. Takayuki Ishii is an indigo dye artisan who was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. He currently owns a workshop in the mountainous area of Kanagawa Prefecture, where he runs an indigo dyeing company using traditional techniques and materials. Takayuki talked about the tradition of […]