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Hiroyuki Shindo, "Shindigo Balls." Photo courtest New Deal Films, Inc., 2005

Get the backstory on the making of the 2011 documentary “Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo” by filmmaker (and SDA Member) Mary Lance. Into the Blue Yonder: The Making of “Blue Alchemy”

https://www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses/we6141-textile-basketry-twining-and-looping-using-moulds Basketry Twining and Looping Using Moulds - Short Course

https://www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses/we6141-textile-basketry-twining-and-looping-using-moulds Basketry Twining and Looping Using Moulds - Short Course

Sonja Dahl
 Threshold; bread, indigo dye, 2011

Selected Archive of Student Work from the Fiber Department - Cranbrook Academy of Art

Hiroyuki Shindo

"Shindigo" with Hiroyuki Shindo in Miyama, Japan

HIROYUKI SHINDO, Shindigo Ball 2007.75.12 | OMCA COLLECTIONS....OMG I have one of these that I bought from the artist when i studied in Japan. What a wonderful, dear man!

HIROYUKI SHINDO, Shindigo Ball 2007.75.12 | OMCA COLLECTIONS....OMG I have one of these that I bought from the artist when i studied in Japan. What a wonderful, dear man!

Woad balls. Woad is an old color. A conversation with history. A natural dye. #BLUE An ugly plant. Locked in green leaves, compounds that break into pigments of blue. Blues that can be as bold as a Blue Jay feather or as tender as an azure sky at dawn, as dark as ink or as milky as glacial ice.

Before Indigo was used, "woad" (Isatis tinctoria) was used. "Woad is an old color. A conversation with history. A natural dye. An ugly plant. Locked in green leaves, compounds that break into pigments of blue.

A photo of the hands of Aboubakar Fofana working with the indigo-producing leaf. A textile artist from Mali, Mr. Fofana explained the traditional process of making indigo dye to us.

To most of us, indigo is just blue jeans, a commonplace commodity of global fashion. But to devotees of organic indigo like Aboubakar Fofana, a veteran of the Santa Fe

Mixing blue dye

Mixing blue dye

Kyoto Trip - September 2010: Hiroyuki Shindo and the Little Indigo Museum

"Since this rational process demands such sensitive perception that only a sort of 'sixth sense' or instinct can control it, we indigo dyers.

Wax-resist indigo-dyed silk sari at Aranya, Bangladesh, 2006. Photo by Mary Lance

Get the backstory on the making of the 2011 documentary “Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo” by filmmaker (and SDA Member) Mary Lance. Wax-resist indigo-dyed silk sari at Aranya, Bangladesh, Photo by Mary Lance

Great woad extraction and drying instructions. Because nobody needs instruction on growing woad....

How to Extract Woad Dye in 10 easy stages - too bad woad is considered a noxious weed in most states.

Get the backstory on the making of the 2011 documentary “Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo” by filmmaker (and SDA Member) Mary Lance. Hiroyuki Shindo working a shibori pattern, Japan, 2005. Photo courtesy New Deal Films, Inc.

Get the backstory on the making of the 2011 documentary “Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo” by filmmaker (and SDA Member) Mary Lance. Hiroyuki Shindo working a shibori pattern, Japan, Photo courtesy New Deal Films, Inc.

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