Botanical Colors Scholarship Donations

Donate to our Dye Hard T-shirt Fundraiser Collaboration with The Toronto Ink Company to help us provide scholarships to workshops with cultural treasures and natural dye masters.

We've wanted to collaborate with Jason Logan, the founder of The Toronto Ink Company for a long time. What started out as an inside joke about his "dye hard" fans excited to hear him present on FEEDBACK FRIDAY, became this, a t-shirt to support sending vital supplies to displaced children and families in the Ukraine as well as supporting Botanical Colors' BIPOC scholarships.

The graphic on the t-shirt is (of course) from Jason and the t-shirts are from our friends at North Carolina-based Solid State Clothing and the 10,000 Pounds of Cotton Project and are "dirt to shirt" certified grown and sewn in the U.S.
Kathy worked hard to make Jason Logan-like ink spots using our dyes, and I think did a great job showcasing what you can do ON the t-shirt once you order it and get your kit.

Your pre-order of a DYE HARD t-shirt will be split evenly to go to both organizations (International Rescue Committee and our scholarships). We will take pre-orders through the month of April and then go into production end of month.

T-shirts will be shipped with a Botanical Colors dye kit and instructions on how to get the colors Kathy got on this t-shirt.

Want to give even more to support? We're giving you that option too.

...and thank you!

 

Jason Logan tee 1

Testimonials from Past Recipients:

Being granted the scholarship from Botanical Colors I had the wonderful opportunity to study for master Aboubakar Fofana and digitally meet creators all over the globe which I might never have crossed paths with otherwise. Having my roots in Mali growing up and studying fashion in Sweden I never quite found anyone in my surroundings who looked like me, inspired me, made art that talked to me or held the knowledge of the African textiles and traditions. It was important for me to learn the history of the Malian textiles and to understand how they were made. I would have never thought I would be able to have this experience without going to Mali, but the beautiful collaboration between Botanical Colors and Aboubakar Fofana made that happen.

Under Aboubakars wing we learnt the traditional Malian art form of mineral mud dye (Bògòlandini). Being able to hands on working with the Malian hand spun organic cotton and mud collected from the Niger River was such a pure moment and a dream coming through.

Even though the class was digital I was blown away by the absolute presence of Aboubakar. He was so generous with his knowledge explaining and showing each step of the process in detail. He also shared his personal beliefs and told the historical and cultural aspects of these textiles. This created a warm atmosphere and connection between all of us students which I believe we all needed during the covid-19 lock down.

This will be a milestone for me in my own creativity and road to develop my own expression. Aboubakar made the natural dyeing process which I already love so much meaningful and confirmed to me why I need to continue to do art. Botanical Colors who has always been a great source of knowledge for me now also became the bridge to Aboubakar and the connection to Mali. For that I will always be thankful and it would have not happened without the support from this scholarship. From the bottom of my heart thank you!

Nana Sacko

Receiving the scholarship gave me the opportunity to study Indigo dyeing with artists in an environment where I felt supported by everyone present in the class. For me, the Indigo workshop with Aboubakar Fofana connected the practice of indigo dyeing to family, culture, identity, art and environmental sustainability. It helped to highlight the importance of preserving cultural practices and in doing so, our connection to the natural world. The scholarship aims to give equal access to artists most affected by these challenging times by helping them receive the tools they need to get started. I am so thankful to everyone at Botanical Colors for inspiring and motivating me to continue with my own practice and encouraging me to practice with intention, patience and appreciation.

Sal Alamillo