Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Growing Dye Plants From Seed

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY featured lots of helpful information to grow, harvest and dye with your own dye plants from seed.

Watch the video recording here:

Plant Workshop’s Milisa Moses, Botanical Colors’ President Kathy Hattori and Botanical Colors’ Sustainability Director Amy DuFault went over the basics of growing, harvesting and dyeing with your own dye plants starting from seed. We featured a few of the varieties that we love to grow and showed you what colors come from them. Milisa gave guidance for starting your own seeds and Kathy and Amy showed some dye techniques and colors achieved from a number of dye plants.

Check out our specialty raw natural dye materials and new dye seeds that are flying off our virtual shelves.

Interested in supporting our local and small farm and garden growers of natural dyestuffs? We’re shining a well-deserved spotlight on women growers, Black, Indigenous, and Growers of Color who have long been marginalized and underrepresented. We are happy to collect donations to be equally divided among a rotating group of growers.

Learn more here.

Image credit: Kassia St. Clair by Karolina Kaczynka

NEXT WEEK we’ll be talking with The Secret Lives of Color author, Kassia St. Clair! Kassia is a freelance journalist and author based in London and whose book USA Today called the “100 Books to Read While Stuck at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis!” 

The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes, and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso’s blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history.

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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.