This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with Leigh Magar of Madame Magar. Leigh talked about all things indigo from her work as an indigo artist, designer, farmer and educator on issues surrounding indigo’s origins.
Watch the video recording here:
Madame Magar is a textile design studio inspired by art, nature, folkways and history. The studio embraces a “seed to stitch” design philosophy that explores the history, a rich yet tangled past of place; while living and working on a former indigo plantation. The “seed to stitch” vision is inspired by Eliza Lucas Pinckney; who as a young girl in the 1740’s planted Indigofera Suffruticosa and with the hard work and knowledge of the enslaved, made indigo a huge South Carolina crop.
The “seed to stitch” project interweaves design and nature by growing Indigofera Suffruticosa and other dye plants and respectfully harvesting wild indigo, discovered on a walk in the studio woods; and other wild dye plants to use mindfully in the one of a kind collections. Dresses, accessories and textile art (created from dress scrap cloth), are hand-dyed and hand-stitched. The work includes exhibits, installations (makeshift studios and shops), performances, and workshops(for private individuals groups). Madame Magar is also inspired by a grandma and great aunt who cooked from their gardens and quilted; utilizing homespun traditional and simple sewing techniques; interlaced with contemporary, outside the box, thought provoking methodologies.
Check out Leigh’s website here.
Shop her indigo collection at the boutique Worthwhile here.
Join us next week, October 23rd, 9am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern for a live Zoom FEEDBACK FRIDAY with Kristin Arzt of Scrambles Quilts.
We’re excited to have Kristin focus on her journey but also on all the clay paste resist projects she’s been working on.
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.