Our last FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with “indigo doula,” yes, that’s what we all call her, Britt Boles, founder of Seaspell Fiber and the super popular Indigo Pigment Extraction Methods group on Facebook. Britt shared lots of exciting and helpful information on the nuances of growing/vatting homegrown pigment vs commercial pigment and showcased her recycled plastic clamp resists we are now selling!
Shop all Botanical Colors indigo products here.
Watch the video here.
Additional topics and products Britt talked about:
-The Seaspell Fiber Vat Table, 4’ x 2.5’ equipped with power– Inquire for custom domestic orders at [email protected]
–4 gallon drum with locking lid
-Inkbird Temp controller with wifi app
-Apera Instruments handheld PH meter AI209 PH20
A little more about those exciting clamp resists Britt and her husband created that we are selling like hotcakes:
Resist Shape Innovation:
Itajime Shibori is a Japanese resist technique which traditionally secures two pieces of wood with string or clamps to create a negative shape pattern on cloth dyed with indigo. My indigo resist dye journey began with canning lids and graduated handcrafted wooden shapes. I would spend hours drawing, sawing, and shaping resists in an effort to create two identical shapes, but found it difficult to create consistent sharp lines and all of the wooden shapes started to break and warp with frequent use. My husband, Andy, witnessed the struggle and together we sought a solution. We looked into other shape materials but found they were slippery, difficult to align, or couldn’t create clean lines, so we created an original 3D printed resist shape tailored to a dyer’s needs. We are excited to share these tools as the next evolution in the art of resist
If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori.
We even have our own theme song thanks to musician Jimmie Snider (click here to hear more of his music)!