Video from LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Kathy Hattori Natural Dye Q&A

Check out our most recent live Zoom FEEDBACK FRIDAY with Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori. Kathy answered about 25-30 questions on all subjects. You’re going to learn a lot.

Watch the recording here:

Kathy’s books she mentioned on the video:

Lichens For Vegetable Dyeing, Eileen M. Bolton

Lichen Dyes: The New Source Book, Karen Casselman

Miriam Rice Mushroom Dye Books & Videos

Alissa Allen, Founder of Mycopigments

And that bucket heater for indigo!

NEXT WEEK for Juneteenth on June 19th at noon…

The Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative returns for part 2 of a 3-part series with Kibibi Ajanku. Kibibi Ajanku is an Afrofuturist who makes and presents ethnically charged art in the Baltimore area. She serves as Equity and Inclusion Director for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance where under her leadership, the Fellowship has increased racial inclusion within the arts sector and has positively altered workplace best practices through actively training, placing, and referring an annual cohort of emerging professionals.

Kibibi will be talking about being Baltimore born and raised, her art and dance work as well as how the silence around slavery and African people as related to indigo and other dyes needs to be better understood. She will also talk about how some of the MICA natural dye projects delve into this and offer education, community and power.

We met her through Valeska Populoh at the Maryland Institute College of Art and whre Kibibi serves as a Community Researcher. Through her work as an arts leader, an artist, and an educator, Ajanku works consistently and deeply as a social justice voice. She also leads monthly equity conversations for the Alliance and is excited to administer the evolution of a new Urban Arts Field School project with Urban Arts Leadership fellows and community folklorists, recently funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.brings together multiple agencies, including the Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as artists and designers to explore the cultural and economic impacts of growing, processing and using natural dyes in the greater Baltimore region.



If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we are emailed with questions from our natural dye community. Weekly, all of  your questions are answered by Kathy Hattori, Founder of Botanical Colors. Both Kathy and Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability and Social Media Director will be on hand to moderate and answer questions.