On Saturday I ran an Indigo session, in fact it was the first one since having my son over a year ago now, and it was immensely enjoyable. The emphasis of it was about sharing the indigo vat in order to reduce waste liquid after dyeing. The session was different to a workshop because I offered no teaching, little explanation about the dye and people had to bring their own fabric and other materials they wanted to use.
My accomplice, artist Michael Storrs, had already gained experience of indigo first hand from his own travels far and wide about Japan. He brought with him the most exquisite vintage fabrics I had ever seen, of thick cottons and hemps and an antique indigo jacket made up of hand sewn indigo patches, likely to have once been worn and handed down through a Japanese family of farmers.
On the day we set the vat going and, like all vats the results are never quite as you expect. This vat was not as dark as we would have wanted it to be but still, we came away with pleasing results.
I attempted to dye paper as well as fabric which had a wax resist I had previously applied using antique Indonesian Thjamps. These have been loaned to me by my very dear friend and excellent artist, Sue Bamford. I am enjoying experimenting with them. My fabrics will be transformed into scarves and Michael’s will become artistic book covers to house drawings and paintings on rice paper.
I plan to hold several Indigo session throughout the coming year at my workshop eARTh, please let me know if you would be interested or would like to join or start a session, Ive had lots of positive expressions of interest, so maybe next month…