Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Flora Obscura

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with Flora Obscura founder/designer Alison Kelly.

Alison Kelly is a fiber artist and fashion designer that creates one-of-a-kind textiles for Flora Obscura by adapting ancient natural dye techniques to combine with eco-printing: a process of laying flora directly onto cloth to be alchemically steamed and permanently imprinted with flora.

Watch the video recording here:

Here is her website.

Here is her Instagram page.

Some of the eco-printing books she mentioned:

India Flint books

Wild Colour by Jenny Dean

And if you have time on Wednesday, October 7th to catch the RISD Nature Lab Common Thread talk with me and past FEEDBACK FRIDAY presenter Brece Honeycutt on natural dyes + color this Wednesday, RSVP here.

Kathy will be talking with the Handweaver’s Guild of Boulder on October 12th and 13th. Get more info here.

Next week…Emily Carris of The Art Dept

Join us October 9th, 9am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern for a live Zoom FEEDBACK FRIDAY with Emily Carris-Duncan of The Art Dept. Emily will be talking about the practice of using natural dyes to tell historical stories.

“Much of my work is born out of a search for self and a desire to heal historical wounds. As a trans-racially adopted black queer, non binary person raised in modern America my story is incomplete, riddled with holes; a result of malicious neglect and the casualty of power, supremacy, domination, and shame.

I seek to unearth and preserve the untold stories of my ancestors while morphing the everyday objects that hold the traces of their pain and thereby my own. I have created pieces that interweave my experience as their descendant, with their stories so often overlooked and untold.”



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 and Social Media Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder  Kathy Hattori.