“Indigo is the only color capable of connecting disciplines, people, cultures and places around the world”.
/Jenny Balfour Paul/

    My first Indigo Garden- from seeds to pigment.
My first researches and tryouts of using natural colors and dyes where during my art education.
In 2016 I used for first time natural Indigo dye as base of my project Le Grand Bleu in which I apply the Japanese technique Shibori on different papers.
    Since I discovered the unique properties of the Indigo I wanted to know more about the whole process of growing , extracting pigment through fermentation, dry leaf’s and the different ways of using the pigment. The oldest known fabric dyed indigo, dated to 6,000 years ago, was discovered in Peru. One of the earliest written descriptions of Shibori dates to 238 CE.
Following the ancient information about Indigo and Shibori, I was guided from contemporary growers how to grow from seeds Japanese indigo.
    I received my first Persicaria tinctoria (Koujoko)- seeds from Marian Gorostizaga- Spain.
In 2020 I have been invited from Tolhuistuin* to use their facilities and to make my experimental garden to research the whole process of Indigo.

* Tolhuistuin provides the space to participate through the imagination in the development of the city towards a sustainable model of existence, based on the principle of radical inclusivity. Based on the power of art and culture, makers and visitors work on inspiration, new angles, a sense of community, innovation and relaxation, always from the local context of Amsterdam North.

My incredible indigo journey in pictures:
•    Planting and growing.
•    Extracted Indigo pigment through fermentation.
•    Prepared dry leaf’s for dying.
•    I made an artwork from the dry Leaf’s – following the idea and technique from The Butterfly Effect.
•    Collected seeds for the next planting.

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