For World Water Day, 12 Ways to Natural Dye & Protect Land & Water

For World Water Day on March 22, 2024, we wanted to shine a light on 12 ways to natural dye and protect 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 dye plants.This year’s theme of World Water Day 2024 is ‘Water for Peace.’ From the World Water Day 2024 site: “When we cooperate on water, we create a positive ripple effect – fostering harmony, generating prosperity and building resilience to shared challenges. We must act upon … Read more

Looking Back To Look Forward Botanical Colors 2023 Report

I can’t believe it’s the end of 2023. No really, how did we get here?? It seems a blur, a really exciting but challenging-paced year chock full of the ups and downs of a small business. And we are a small business! Many of you think we are a huge company, but did you know our incredible team is 8 employees strong? We pull off big things and work hard but there’s one thing we couldn’t do without. You. For our 2023 look back to look forward, we wanted to tell you how much we grew because of all of … Read more

Video From (The Last Ever!) FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Kathy & Amy xo

For our very last FEEDBACK FRIDAY, Kathy and I were the presenters and talked about the history of our show. We also pulled out some of our favorite moments from the 134 episodes (3 covers of the FEEDBACK FRIDAY song? Heck ya!) and what the “show” has meant to us since 2020. We have appreciated you being part of these presentations and supporting us so much. Thank you so much for all your emails, messages on Instagram and for showing up to say goodbye. Watch the recording below. FEEDBACK FRIDAY started out as a weekly show featuring Botanical Colors’ President … Read more

Video From FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Liz Spencer + Katrina Rodabaugh

Our last FEEDBACK FRIDAY was a huge milestone for us as we prepared for our second to last ever FEEDBACK FRIDAY, featuring dear friends as well as alumnae, Katrina Rodabaugh and Liz Spencer. Watch the video recording below. The two shared mini presentations and then had a conversation together and with attendees on being caretakers as well as creatives. What are the challenges and successes to following our creative journey in natural dyes? When does a passion become work and what are some of the boundaries that we need to set to keep balance? Katrina and Liz tackled all these … Read more

Video From FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Babs Behan

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had natural dyer and specialist of non-toxic natural dyeing techniques and bio-regional, regenerative textile systems, Babs Behan. Babs is the author of one of the newest books in our book store, Botanical Dyes: Plant To Print Dyes, Techniques & Projects. She is also Founder of Botanical Inks , a non-toxic natural dye studio and the Bristol Cloth Project. Watch the recording below. Shop Babs’ book here. Website Instagram Babs tells us she is committed to the transformation of our textile industry and the possibility of global environmental and cultural regeneration. Inspired by her own … Read more

Video From FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Cassie Dickson

Yesterday, we welcomed coverlet weaver, flax and silkworm farmer Cassie Dickson to FEEDBACK FRIDAY. Cassie says: “A Southern Highland Craft Guild Heritage member, specializing in spinning, traditional weaving, and natural dyeing, I have called western North Carolina my home for over 30 years.  As a traditional pattern weaver, I have woven coverlets and linens for over 40 years.   I grow flax and use 18th and 19th century tools and process the fiber to weave linen cloth.  For the past 33 years, I have also raised silk worms,  processing the cocoons to silk fabric and sharing that interesting historical story.  Over the years, I have taught … Read more

Video From FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Jody Alexander

Last week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had mixed media artist Jody Alexander. In 2020, Jody made some life changes so that she could swim in lakes, and in 2023 she decided to make her open water swimming experiences into an art project. Aqua Lab is a work in progress that attempts to define the allure of open water swimming through the collection of data that includes water and air temperature, earth pigments surrounding the lakes, and underwater photos to capture water color. Watch the recording below. Take a class with Jody! Stitch, Patch, Dye: A Bag Making Workshop with Jody … Read more

Sunday Visit: Julie Beeler of Mushroom Color Atlas

For this week’s Sunday Visit we caught up with Julie Beeler of the Mushroom Color Atlas. Julie is a designer, artist, educator and Oregonian who grew up with a deep love for and curiosity about the natural world. Julie says she experiments with the unpredictability of plants and fungi by growing and harvesting, observing and foraging, as well as tethering herself to nature’s seasons. You might know remember Julie from her FEEDBACK FRIDAY presentation or her Mushroom Color Atlas poster and dye marks we sell. You might also just know here from taking one of her incredible classes. She has … Read more

Video From FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Hannah Regier

Last week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had a beautiful presentation with fiber artist/land conservationist Hannah Regier. Hannah shared her practice and the evolution of her work from functional to fine art; and showed her latest project, Landcestors which was supported by a creation grant from the Vermont Arts Council. Watch the recording below. Website Instagram Hannah’s Nonprofit conservation organization, Bull Creek Common Lands About Hannah:Hannah Regier is a fiber artist and land conservationist whose work explores the profound possibilities of natural dyes and fibers to bring people into meaningful, reciprocal, relationship with the land. Hannah grows and forages dye and … Read more

Video From FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Textile Artist Youngmin Lee

Last FEEDBACK FRIDAY we welcomed textile artist, Youngmin Lee. Youngmin talked about her practice using Korean textile traditions that include bojagi and her ultimate journey to find happiness. It was one of those magical presentations that we got lots of messages about that it was “one of our best.” Watch the recording below. About Youngmin Lee Website Facebook Instagram: @youngminlee_bojagi  &  @koreantextiletour Email: [email protected] Youngmin Lee is a textile artist using bojagi tradition and techniques to create her work. Her interest in textiles led her to study clothing and textile in college and she received an MFA in Fashion Design in South … Read more