Growing and Dyeing with Your Homegrown Indigo - Virtual - Saturday, May 29th

** Please note this class is held virtually over ZOOM. 24 hours before class you will receive a link for the class via email. This lecture will be recorded and provided for attendees to view for one week. **

Instructors: Adrienne Rodriguez and Kristine Vejar

Indigo is a term often used to describe the color blue - but what is it really?

Whether you are curious about the process of indigo dyeing, growing your own indigo, or just love indigo-dyed textiles and want to know more about how they are created, this presentation is for all of us who love the color blue.

Kristine and Adrienne's journey of growing and processing indigo stretches over ten years. They are so happy to present their work in the form of essays and instruction through the pages of their newest book Journeys in Natural Dyeing.

In this presentation, they will take you with them on their indigo journey as they recount their trips to Japan and Indonesia where we visited indigo farms. Then, using The Modern Natural Dyer and Journeys in Natural Dyeing, as a reference, Kristine and Adrienne will guide you through the process of growing indigo, processing it into a dye, and dyeing with it to create gorgeous shades of blue ranging from sky to deep sea.

Techniques discussed will include:
+ growing Persicaria tinctoria (indigo)
+ composting P. tinctoria leaves and creating fermented indigo vats
+ extracting indigo pigment from P. tinctoria leaves
+ creating dye from P. tinctoria leaves
+ creating an indigo vat and dyeing with it
+ how to create patterns using pressure and paste

This lecture will include a short indigo dyeing demonstration so you can see the magic of dyeing with indigo for yourself!

Required Materials: Our books, Journeys in Natural Dyeing and The Modern Natural Dyer, are highly recommended.

All levels welcome
1 session / 1 hour
Cost / sliding scale: $10, $15, $20, $25, $30*
*No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us.

Date: Saturday, May 29th, 2021
Time: 12pm - 1pm

Adrienne and Kristine are the co-owners of AVFKW, and lead the on-site natural dyeing studio. In 2014, Adrienne and Kristine embarked on a journey to create a tiny indigo farm located in their small Oakland front yard. There they have practiced growing, extracting indigo pigment, dyeing with it and recording the process in their newest book, Journeys in Natural Dyeing, so others can try this incredible process.

Images by Sara Remington and Kristine Vejar // featured in Journeys in Natural Dyeing


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