Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Indigo & Oak (+Stony Creek Colors!)

Last week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had Molly Roškar of Indigo & Oak and Sarah Bellos from Stony Creek Colors. Molly talked about color on a medium we don’t always consider, wood. She addressed the way natural dye and different finishes become lenses through which we can see and interact with this particular fiber. A new lens for sure.

We also had Stony Creek Colors who introduced their newest product IndiGold™, the world’s first pre-reduced liquid natural indigo dye and demonstrated how a completely hydro-free vat made with 100% plant-based indigo can be created instantly and ready for use. They actually made a vat in real time!

Watch the video recording here:

About Molly:



In 2010 Molly Roškar of Indigo and Oak moved from the salty, emerald city of Seattle on the northwestern coast of the United States to the not so salty but also very green city of Zürich in the northeastern part of Switzerland. Between the United states and Switzerland she has spent the past 15 years working with her hands and immersed in the processes of working with architectural surfaces,  restoring old furniture and household objects. Molly specializes in working with wood surfaces and natural finishes such as shellac, oil, hide glue and soap. She has been working with natural dyes and wood for the past decade but has recently begun to more deeply research and explore the enormous range of color found in natural dyes and their relationship with wood.

About Stony Creek Colors:

Stony Creek Colors’ vertically integrated model allows for full supply chain traceability. Their indigo is grown in partnership with family farms in middle Tennessee as a regenerative rotational crop, capturing carbon and fixing nitrogen in the soil where it is planted. Stony Creek Colors’ team harvests and produces high-purity dye at their own factory north of Nashville, creating color which serves as a safe alternative to synthetic indigo used in the denim industry. IndiGold™ is their newest technology development.
IG: @stonycreekcolors


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)!

2 thoughts on “Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Indigo & Oak (+Stony Creek Colors!)”

  1. ‘Heat 16 liters of water to 180 degrees F/80 degrees C. ‘
    This is an instruction on the 1-2-3 Indigo recipe. i have wasted indigo following this recipe. It is too hot and kills the indigo. 50 degrees C. is the highest temperature you can safely heat the water.

    • Hi Katy,

      Traditional fermentation vats will fail if the temperature is raised too high because it destroys the bacteria feeding the vat, but a 1-2-3 vat depends on chemical reaction rather than fermentation and you can heat it above 50C. It does not affect the indigo pigment.
      We use this type of vat every day in our production studio and it’s the same vat that our good friend and indigo authority Aboubakar Fofana uses to teach workshops. We have not seen any problem from high temperatures other than you need to wait until it cools so you can put your hands in the vat safely.

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