Do you have a Japanese Indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) patch and aren’t quite sure what to do with it? Britt Boles has suggestions for using the fresh leaf in a number of ways to extract beautiful colors including a lovely violet from the fresh plants. She experiments with various fibers and techniques that you can try with your own indigo!
Watch artist and educator Britt Boles, founder of Seaspell Fiber for an Intro to Fresh Leaf Indigo Dyeing: Blender, Salt & Tataki-Zome class video. This is a video recording of her live workshop held on July 20, 2022.n A Zoom link and password will be sent to you after purchase.
The cost is $75 and the video is available for 30 days after purchase. Q&A information is also included in the meeting chat.
We respectfully ask that you not share Britt’s video content with others as we have priced the workshop on a per person basis. The video will be available for 30 days after purchase.
Who is this class for?
This class is for backyard and window box gardeners to large scale growers/researchers of Persicaria tinctoria (Japanese Indigo). So that means all levels! Feel free to relax and view class as lecture style, but if you’d like to learn along live, you’ll need access to fresh plants. Britt recommends 5-10 plants for the best experience.
What will we create?
We’ll dive into seafoam blender blues, turquoise salt mash, and Tataki-zome leaf prints. Three hands-on applications for the freshest alive blue hues.
- Approximately 5-10 Persicaria tinctoria Japanese Indigo plants
- Journal/notebook & pen
- Large bowl
- Hammer, mallet, or a palm-sized smooth rock
- Small bucket
- Various scoured protein fibers(silk, wool or blends) and cellulose fibers(cotton, hemp, linen, bamboo, etc.)- small/sample size pieces- some dry and some wetted out. Visit our How To page for scouring information
- Soy beans (soaked and made into fresh soymilk) or plain, premade commercial soymilk.
- Muslin, cheesecloth, or elastic paint strainer bag
- Rubber band/string
- Gloves(if you don’t want stained hands and/or to avoid getting salt in any papercuts;)
- Mason jar with lid
- Watercolor paper/brush
Britt is founder of the Indigo Pigment Extraction Methods global network, Blue Biographies interview series, and co-founder of Indigofest. She has been nurturing a relationship with indigo for 8 years and brings 20 years of experience as an artist/teacher/musician/poet to her practice. Community color and local source connections are the inspiration for Britt’s work with farmers, schools, and local textile artisans.
Many lovingly call Britt an “indigo doula,” for her patience and love for the indigo plant and bringing its color into this world. In this Intro to Fresh Leaf Indigo Dyeing: Blender, Salt & Tataki-Zome class, Britt brings that same patience in her teaching and sharing of lots of exciting and helpful information on the nuances of growing, harvesting and producing blue from indigo through the blender and salt method as well as Tataki-zome leaf prints.