Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Claire Wellesley-Smith

This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had artist, researcher and author based in West Yorkshire, UK, Claire Wellesley-Smith. Claire specializes in projects that use local, natural color, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants. She talked about her practice and some of her community-based projects; including an ongoing Stitch Journal now into its eighth year as well as recent work around textiles and resilience.

Claire’s two books: Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art and Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art (published in April)

Check out the Claire Wellesley-Smith website here
Instagram is @cwellesleysmith

Watch the video here.

We also had a post-FEEDBACK FRIDAY event for our month-long celebration of #indigojuly. Britt Boles, founder of Seaspell Fiber and the super popular Indigo Pigment Extraction Methods group on Facebook joined us. Britt shared about the nuances of growing/vatting homegrown pigment vs commercial pigment and answered all the indigo questions she could handle!

Britt’s links:

The Indigo Pigment Extraction Methods Facebook group

Indigofest Growalong on Patreon

Intuitive Indigo Course

Britt’s cool 3D printed Resist Shapes!

NEXT WEEK! Join us July 30th, 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern for a live Zoom FEEDBACK FRIDAY with Studio Nienke Hoogvliet, a design studio for material research, experimental and conceptual design. The studio engages in freelance projects for different companies and institutions but also continues research in self-initiated design projects. The studio is based in The Hague, The Netherlands. We are pretty obsessed with their seaweed dye research.

After the presentation, we’re having another post-FEEDBACK FRIDAY 1/2 hour event for our month-long celebration of #indigojuly. Get ready to ask the our good friend Liz Spencer of The Dogwood Dyer all your indigo questions!

RSVP here.


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!