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My obsession with indigo

Updated: Oct 4, 2019

During university, I took a textiles course that completely changed the way I looked at fabric. I had always found sewing tricky and thought that was the only way you could be involved in the world of textiles but I was so wrong.

When I entered the textiles studio, it was filled with huge vats bubbling away, jars filled with powders of every colour you could imagine and delicate artworks by other students. I was immediately intrigued and thought "hmmm.... this might be something that I would be into". What followed was a series of exciting chemistry experiments that resulted in all sorts of wonderful results. I used many different kinds of dyes but I would always return to indigo. Since then, I have tried my hand at dyeing wool, silk, linen, cotton, rope and even wood!

I especially love the feeling of the unknown when trying new techniques to create a pattern on the fabric. From clamping to tying to stitching to mud resists, you just never know exactly how each piece is going to transform.

I'm very excited to be taking part in a 4-day dyeing course this month to expand my knowledge about other dyes. I can't wait to share some of the things that I will be working on with pink and yellow but never fear! My heart will always be with indigo.

#homewares #lifeathome #patternplay #tableware #kitchenware #organicfabric #handdyed #indigo #kaikodesign


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