North American Indigo Project

UPDATED 4 FEBRUARY 2019

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COLLOQUIUM – Tickets Still Available

The Year of Ethnobotany: North American Indigo Projects
Michel Garcia + Sarah Bellos + Rowland Ricketts + Rebecca Burgess and sukumo makers from Northern California
Sunday, 31 March 2019 | 9:00-13:00 (9-13:30) | UC Botanical Garden

 

2 Half-Day Workshop by Michel Garcia “Beyond Mordants”: Thursday – Friday, 28 – 29 March 2019 | 9:30-13:00UC Botanical Garden

Register above events @ UC Berkeley Botanical Garden Calendar

Rowland Ricketts: artist talk and indigo dyeing: Friday, 29 March | 18:00-21:00 | San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design in conjunction with the exhibition “Material Domestication”

 

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INDIGO from PLANTS, or PETROLEUM?: Transparency, Traceability, and Farm-to-Trade

Slow Fiber Studios and UC Botanical Garden will collaborate in presenting the North American Indigo Projects with guest speakers, including world-renowned natural dye expert Michel Garcia of Brittany, France, Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors, Rowland Ricketts and Rebecca Burgess. In light of the growing awareness of ecological responsibility—the need to  preserve the health of people and the environment, as well as the traceability of production processes—artists, designers, and industries are reviving the use of natural indigo. We will explore models of using indigo dye in artistic pursuits, community engagement, education, as we learn about revolutionary changes in the industry.

This leading-edge initiative will offer diverse learning platforms of lectures, workshops, and social gatherings. Programs will be led by Michel Garcia, whose vast knowledge is showcased in the  Natural Dye Workshop DVD series. Michel is joined by Sarah Bellos, founder of Stony Creek Colors (SCC), who developed a natural indigo farm to help lead the sustainability transformation within the textile dyeing and fashion industries. SCC indigo powder can be purchased at ww.shop.slowfiberstudios.com. Rowland Ricketts will add his deep knowledge from Japanese sukumo indigo dye producers to his own contemporary fiber art application.  

Please join us for this upcoming event in the spring of 2019, where we will integrate and reflect upon historical practices, chemistry, and farm-to-trade as means to evolve ethical indigo dye practices for the 21st century. 


March 2019

INDIGO JAM -SOLD OUT!

Indigo Intensive Workshops: Dried Leaves, Compost (sukumo), Powder, and Paste.
Led by Michel Garcia, joined by Sarah Bellos, Rowland Ricketts, Craig Wilkinson, et al.
Saturday, 30 March 2019 | 9:30-13:00 |  Slow Fiber Studios Annex
$50 | 
WSN member $45 | 25 participants  (waiting list)

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Photo courtesy of Yoshiko Wada

The Slow Fiber Studios Annex will initiate a dynamic experience with interactive conversations and exchange of information between invited indigo specialists. This unique crossover will facilitate the studio space as a platform to activate expert indigo knowledge, spark imagination and inspire the participants in a wide range of topics concerning indigo.  Discussions and demonstrations may cover: sukumo (compost), dried indigo leaves, indigo powder and making indigo dye vats. Come jam with us.

Registration:

Space is limited. To complete registration to guarantee your place, click both buttons below to make a Payment & fill out the Registration Form.
Also, fill out, sign & return the Participation Agreement, Assumption of Risk Form to staff@yoshikowada.com or mail back to Slow Fiber Studios.

 

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April 2019

WORKSHOP – 8 Spots Left!

Beyond Mordants: Printing & Painting
by Michel Garcia
Monday – Wednesday,  1 – 3 April 2019 | 9:30-16:00  | Slow Fiber Studios Annex
$675 | All materials Included 

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Photo courtesy of Yoshiko Wada

Learn first hand from Michel printing and painting techniques on cloth presented in our Natural Dye Workshop IV DVD. This workshop, he will teach you two methods how to process insoluble colors such as indigo, annatto, and alkanet for painting.  For example, how to extract indigo from dried leaves of indigofera plant family as a dye paste. In addition, Michel will also cover printing with pagoda tree blossom buds, logwood, and cochineal together on wool. Learn how to combine and layer various colors together on the the same surface and steam set colors in cloth. Come join us for this rare learning experience of natural dyes that are not commonly used to extract and bond on cloth, for example, to create colorful wool prints.

Registration:

Space is limited. To complete registration to guarantee your place, click both buttons below to make a Payment & fill out the Registration Form.
Also, fill out, sign & return the Participation Agreement, Assumption of Risk Form to staff@yoshikowada.com or mail back to Slow Fiber Studios.

 

REGISTRATION FORM

 

MAKE A PAYMENT