It’s June and I’ve just planted indigo seedlings into a garden patch. Blue. I’m growing sky and water blue. I first dyed with indigo cakes from Japan in the late 1980’s when I was restoring Navajo textiles, dipping handspun wool into the dye bath and watching it go from green to sky blue and deeper with each dip and aeration until it was metallic midnight. Now I grow the plants and strip the leaves in late summer to make my dye bath. Same ritual dipping and airing, only the La Cieneguilla grown indigo yields a greenish teal and occasionally a deep blue. In these collages I’m combining wax encaustic (some wax gathered from home-hives) with the dyed silk organza.
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