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For National Tie-Dye Day, Resist With An Indigo Vat

By Amy DuFault | April 27, 2021

There’s a holiday for everything so all hail National Tie-Dye Day! According to Vox, did you know that historians’ knowledge of early techniques similar to tie-dye is limited by the fact that textiles decay faster than most other artistic mediums? This means surviving samples aren’t easy to come by. “‘Some of the earliest examples come […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Katrina Rodabaugh

By Amy DuFault | April 25, 2021

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with artist, natural dyer and writer Katrina Rodabaugh who is just launching her third book Make, Thrift, Mend. Watch the video here. Katrina gave inspiring insight into her path as an artist and natural dyer, how life becomes part of the process, (and how mendingoften represents that), ways we can […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Jennifer Steverson

By Amy DuFault | April 18, 2021

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with Jennifer Steverson is a multidisciplinary artist, independent scholar and writer based in Austin, Texas. The agricultural and craft traditions of Black American culture is at the heart of her practice. Watch the video here. Jennifer’s site is newly up with lots more info to come but shop these beautiful […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Ice Dyeing with Cara Marie Piazza

By Amy DuFault | April 11, 2021

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY, (our 50th episode!) was on ice dyeing with natural dye high priestess Cara Marie Piazza. Watch the video here. Cara Marie Piazza creates one of a kind textiles only using natural dye stuffs such as botanicals, plant matter, minerals, non-toxic metals and food wastes. She treats her fabrics through alchemical dye […]

Construction Techniques with Aboubakar Fofana: Create a Pair of Stripcloth Trousers

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Indigo Master Dyer Aboubakar Fofana

By Amy DuFault | April 2, 2021

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with indigo master dyer and multidisciplinary artist Aboubakar Fofana. Aboubakar is based in Mali and France and updated us on his latest projects including cotton cultivation in Mali. He also talked about his indigo farm, exhibits and the workshops he is teaching with Botanical Colors this spring and summer. Watch […]

For Earth Month, 10 Ways to Natural Dye & Protect Land & Water

By Amy DuFault | March 31, 2021

For Earth Month, we wanted to shine a light on two things very important to us: keeping carbon in the soil and protecting our water. As natural dyers, we have so many ways we can tackle these issues from collecting and reusing water creatively to simply stopping using hazardous pesticides as we grow our beautiful […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Ethnographic Fiber + Dyes with LaChaun Moore

By Amy DuFault | March 28, 2021

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with LaChaun Moore on Ethnographic Fiber + Dyes From Black & Indigenous Farmers. Watch the video here. Some links from the presentation: Gist Yarn & Fiber’s Weave podcast, co-hosted by LaChaun Moore LaChaun’s articles from the Tishman Environment & Design Center Kathy and Amy who were interviewed on that podcast! […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Textile Conservation + Natural Dyes

By Amy DuFault | March 21, 2021

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was on textile conservation and preservation using natural dyes. Watch the video here. We were joined by Robin Hanson who has managed the textile conservation lab at the Cleveland Museum of Art for the past 21 years, Nancy Britton, Conservator Emeritus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and […]

Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Kassia St Clair

By Amy DuFault | March 13, 2021

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with journalist, color historian and author of The Secret Lives of Color, Kassia St Clair. The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes, and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against […]

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Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Growing Dye Plants From Seed

By Amy DuFault | March 5, 2021

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY featured lots of helpful information to grow, harvest and dye with your own dye plants from seed. Watch the video here. Plant Workshop’s Milisa Moses, Botanical Colors’ President Kathy Hattori and Botanical Colors’ Sustainability Director Amy DuFault went over the basics of growing, harvesting and dyeing with your own dye plants […]