FIVE DAY INDIGO SERIES 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. PST
Saturday, March 27 - Saturday, May 1 - Saturdays, July 10, 17, 24
At the end of each session you will be given links to that day’s Zoom recording to download along with access to written material prepared specifically for this class. In addition to the Zoom recording, I’ll be uploading higher quality vid-clips to allow you to see what I’ve presented with greater ease. These clips will be available on Vimeo all the way through the last class and one month beyond – allowing you to access them as often as you like to work at your own pace.
   We’ll begin each day with a review of the previous session and cover all your questions before charging on.
March 27 - Plant seeds.
A generous packet of Persicaria tinctoria seeds will be included in your kit along with biodegradable grow bags. We’ll cover a brief history of indigo dyeing in Japan, the role it has played in society, and how it is cultivated. We’ll go over the many varieties of plants used in Japan to produce indigo blue. I’ll teach you how the seeds grow and what the plant will need as it matures.
May 1 Transplant Seedlings
   Today we’ll check on the progress of everyone’s seedlings and go over how to transplant them outdoors when conditions are right and what to do to make sure you wind up with healthy, robust specimens.

With our eyes on the July class, we’ll go over several projects that need advance preparations. We’ll be covering shibori techniques, block rubbings, and tsujigahana. Each project will be clearly spelled out, illustrated with video steps and printed directions.
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July 10, 17, 24 Projects
   We’ll be harvesting our indigo and immediately starting a sun-fermentation vat to collect pigment for our other projects.
   While pigment production is underway, we’ll be working with fresh-picked leaves to produce a range of shades of blue and discover what to do with the left-over leaves. Armed with this knowledge, we’ll work on applying the dyes to silk using compound clamp resist techniques, and we’ll be applying the dyes over rice-paste resisted cottons and cannabis I’ve prepared for you ahead of time.
   Remember the blocks we started in May? Now is the time to put them to work. And don’t forget the pigment we’ve been making - we’ll be using it to create a reduction vat and to add details to our earlier pieces using it as a directly-painted dye.
My goal is to guide you through a fast-paced program, covering all the basics of working with fresh-leaf indigo, while guiding you with patience to ensure that all your questions are answered.

There will be a bonus follow-up review session approximately one month after the last session to cover all your last-minute questions and share what we have all accomplished.

Won’t you join us?
Some of the supplies the post office will be delivering to you.
A Collector’s Guide
deluxe edition
A Collector’s Guide
limited edition
A Collector’s Guide
A Field Guide to Japanese Textiles
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