Fresh Indigo 5 Ways: an exploration of Persicaria Tinctoria/Japanese Indigo - Recording with Britt Boles
Who is this class for?
Growers of persicaria tinctoria (aka Japanese Indigo) - appropriate for small & large scale growers or researchers of indigo and it's applications. If you'd like to play along live, you'll need access to fresh plants( recommend 5-10 for the best experience)
What will we do?
We'll dive into the seafoam blues, aquas, and minty greens with five hands-on applications for the freshest colors alive!
What do you need:
- Approximately 5-10 persicaria tinctoria plants- access to potted live plants or a freshly cut bouquet placed in ice water(ice packs come in handy here).
- flat working surface that can get messy
- blender and access to outlet/extension cord if outside
- salt (any salt will do, but I often use the large box of Morton's kosher salt)
- large stainless steel mixing bowl (will wash off) or similar sized bowl that you don't mind getting stained blue.
- hammer, mallet, or a palm-sized, smooth rock
- small bucket6-10 protein fibers(silk, wool or blends) and cellulose fibers(cotton, hemp, linen, bamboo, etc.)- I recommend small/sample size pieces for experimentation, some dry and some wetted out. Scoured is ideal.
- soy beans(bulk) or in a carton muslin, cheesecloth, or elastic paint strainer bag
- rubber band/stringice/icepacks
- gloves(if you don't want stained hands and/or to avoid getting salt in any paper cuts;)
- mason jar with lid
- watercolor paper/brush
- rinse bucket
- masking tape/duct tape
- drying rack or clothes line
- journal for notes/pencil/pen
Britt Boles is an artisan, educator, and indigo doula tending persicaria tinctoria and other dye plants in collaboration with Northfork 53 farm in the unceded territory of the Chinook, Clatsop, and Nehalem Nations (Nehalem, Oregon). "My practice is driven by an explorative source connection: The exquisite dance of pigment extraction, the playfulness of leaves crushed by hand, and the mystery of indirubin. Indigo has become a guide, friend, and metaphor touching every hem of my life. The full circle soil-seed-sprout-pigment-vat transformation is what calls to me most and achieving blue fiber has become secondary, incidental art. The craft of the vat, plant processes, and communal blue kinship have become the full expression of my art and inspiration."
In addition to in-person and virtual courses, Britt works collaboratively with other artisans, farmers, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 educators on projects including the Indigo Pigment Extraction Methods global growers group, the Blue Biographies seed-to-story interview series, Indigofest, and Natural Dye Podcast.