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The Year of Ethnobotany: North American Indigo Projects
Michel Garcia + Sarah Bellos + Rowland Ricketts + Rebecca Burgess + Indigo Makers
Sunday, 31 March 2019
Slow Fiber Studios and UC Botanical Garden collaborated in presenting the North American Indigo Projects with guest speakers, including world-renowned natural dye expert Michel Garcia from France; Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors, Tennessee; and Rowland Ricketts, Indiana. Their presentations will be followed by a discussion panel with Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed; Kristine Vejar, Berkeley; Craig Wilkinson, Sonoma; Graham Keegan, Los Angeles; and a moderator, Yoshiko Wada, Berkeley. 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. The colloquium discussed models of using indigo dye in artistic pursuits, community engagement, education all in the intention to learn about revolutionary changes in the industry.
Batik Colloquium: Enduring Art of Dyers In Indonesia
Film Screening + Lectures + Batik Demonstration + Indonesian Dance & Music Performance + Batik Trunk Show + Potluck Lunch
Sunday, 14 October, 2018 at Hillside Club, Berkeley, California, USA
Slow Fiber Studios hosted a series of events focused on Javanese life and culture through the lens of its batik traditions. Batik touches on just about every aspect of Indonesian life. From the cloth a child is wrapped in when it is born to the clothing worn by Indonesian leaders at important gatherings, batik binds a proud nation to a long and cherished cultural identity. Batik is truly “intangible”, as UNESCO proclaimed in 2009. It is part of our world heritage, the identity of an island nation, worthy of admiration and preservation.
Chapter 1 – Natasha Reichle: Historical and Social Background of Batik
Chapter 2 – Daniel Gundlach: Contemporary Batik Production In Java
Chapter 3 – Dr. Donald Breyer Presents His Unique Batik Collection
Chapter 4 – Yoshiko Jinzenji: Translated by Yoshiko Wada