Natural Dye Day
August 2, 2009
It was an incredible day in the garden and the studio. A benefit for our local sustainability center- Sustainable Fairfax, was shared with an exuberant, creative, and very sweet group of adults and children. Immersion dye vats of Eucalytpus, fennel, bee plant, California Sage, Fermentation Indigo, Logwood, and black walnuts were dunked into, with silk, wool, cotton, hemp, and a bit of linen.
We started indoors with a little presentation on the importance of using natural dyes. There are many reasons to use natural color, from personal to global ecological health- it was a joy to share this information with such an understanding and receptive audience. Many people purchased dye plant seeds, and talked about how to re-create these processes in their own homes and gardens. I hope to see little dye gardens popping up in neighborhoods everywhere- and have people walking down the street wearing their own bee-plant pants, and Eucalyptus shirts…A world that is soft on the eyes, and good for the ecosystem. What a wonderful world that will be.
We experimented with rust dyeing, hapa-zome (or pounding)- new additions to my usual immersion dyeing process. It was beautiful to observe how people used the immersion dyeing as a base layer, and then pounded pansies, borage, and geraniums into their cloth. This created amazing effects, ones that I learned so much from.
I have so much gratitude to each and every member of today’s creative team. If anyone in the group would like continued support in any of their eco-color adventures, please drop me an email, or give a call. I look forward to your colorful future!