The Indigo Vat
A Magical Indigo Dye Workshop
"The botanical name for the indigo plant, Indigofera, derives its name from indigo meaning blue and fera meaning to bear.
Indigo has monumental character. It is known to have survived for thousands of years without revealing or even hinting at the secrets it held, forcing ancient dyers to coax color from the plant. Indigo demanded discipline and organization from the men working with it since man's nature was in no way related to the temperamental behavior of this contrary colorant. Yet indigo, because of its very demanding and troublesome demeanor, attracted one toward it in charismatic fascination."
-excerpted from 'Blue Traditions,' Dena S. Katzenberg, The Baltimore museum of Art
Join us for an alchemical transformation process as we ready a vat of luscious indigo dye. Through a process of twisting, tyeing and resisting, we will turn white cloth into the dizzying blue patterns of your choice. Students can bring their own cloth or garments on which to work. In addition, we will provide yardage for experimentation. Cloth dyed in this Indigo workshop makes a perfect foundation on which to stitch or quilt - for those wanting to continue into the Saturday workshop: The Japanese Boro Textile.
Date: Friday, September 7th, 2018
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Location: TATTER Blue Library, 505 Carroll Street Suite 2B, Brooklyn NY 11215
What to bring: All materials are provided in this course. Students are welcome to bring their own garments to dye or over-dye.
Kaari Meng, French General
Kaari Meng began French General in 1999 along the Hudson River in Grandview, New York. After running the general store in Soho on Crosby Street for many years, Kaari and family moved French General to Los Angeles, where it resides today in Frogtown, on the Eastside of LA.
French General is a vintage workshop filled with antique French textiles, beads, buttons and trim. Kaari has written six books on jewelry making, sewing, entertaining, and collecting. French General offers workshops on stitching, jewelry, sewing, paper arts, weaving and more.
French General designs quilting fabric and patterns for Moda as well as a home decorative fabric line for Fabricut.
Every summer Kaari and her team take groups of women to the south of France to find their inner rural Frenchwoman. You can see more of what they do by visiting www.frenchgeneral.com online or on Instagram.