STUDY OF NATURAL INDIGO
I studied indigo and traditional textile techniques in Japan from 2011-2013. Ever since, my ongoing research on indigo growing and different dyeing practices around the world has taken me to do further fieldwork in Japan, India and Vietnam and to learn from artisans and master dyers from West Africa, Europe and America.
I’ve been growing indigo in the UK since 2019. I grow Isatis tinctoria and different varieties of Persicaria tinctoria and use various methods of extracting indigo pigment and other colour dyes produced by these plants plants.
INDIGO GARDEN LONDON
I co-founded Indigo Garden London in 2020 with artist Liza Mckenzie, it is an educational space where we run workshops and community events to promote sustainable indigo growing and dyeing. We are supported by Blackhorse Lane Ateliers.
I’ve been running indigo dye and traditional Japanese shiborizome workshops from 2019. Recent workshops include:
- Indigo from seed to dye
- Indigo Masterclass
- Painting on fabric with natural indigo
- Prints and patterns with indigo plants
- Traditional Japanese shibori & indigo dyeing
- Indigo. Denver Botanic Gardens. Denver, U.S.A. July – Nov 2023
- Aizome, The Craft of Japanese Indigo-dyeing. Embassy of Japan, London. May – Sep 2023
- Indigo Exhibition 2020 (藍色展２０２０). Tokushima, Japan. January 2020
- Spring Arts and Crafts Showcase, Arts Depot. London, UK. March- April 2019
‘An indigo journey’
- London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. September 2022
- Natural Dye symposium, The Loom Shed. June 2021
- Simple Things Magazine, April 2023 issue, pg 92-95
- Warp and Weft Magazine, London Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers, issue 285, pg 12-13 May 2022
- Selvedge Magazine blog. ‘Indigo Garden London’ January 2021
- NHK News Web, ‘Exhibition of Indigo Dyeing Works spread around the world’ 21 Jan 2020
- CGA Magazine. ‘Best of British Design’ pg. 74, winter 2018 – 19