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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 […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Kathy Hattori Talks Ceriops Tagal

By Amy DuFault | August 10, 2021

Last week for our live FEEDBACK FRIDAY, we had Botanical Colors President Kathy Hattori talking all things Ceriops tagal! Watch the video here. Shop Ceriops tagal HERE. Ceriops tagal, also known as Indian mangrove, is prized for its tannin-rich bark, which yields very dark red-brown on cellulose fibers. Mangroves are widely distributed in Southeast Asia, […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Nienke Hoogvliet

By Amy DuFault | August 1, 2021

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had Nienke Hoogvliet talking about our new favorite topic: seaweed dye. Studio Nienke Hoogvliet, is a design studio for material research, experimental and conceptual design. The studio engages in freelance projects for different companies and institutions but also continues research in self-initiated design projects. The studio is based in […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Claire Wellesley-Smith

By Amy DuFault | July 23, 2021

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had artist, researcher and author based in West Yorkshire, UK, Claire Wellesley-Smith. Claire specializes in projects that use local, natural color, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants. She talked about her practice and some of her community-based projects; including an ongoing Stitch Journal now into its eighth year […]