Each piece created is one of a kind. I work solely with my hands, without guides, and honor the power and spirit of improvisation.
All plant and insect dyes are harvested in an eco-friendly and sustainable manner from conscious companies and collectives that give back to communities directly.
Each textile piece must undergo its own personal process that spans 3-5 days of preparation and immersion.
24 hours of Mordanting (preparing the fiber)
24 - 48 hours of Extracting the Dye from the matter.
24 hours of Clamping, Tying, Binding, Wrapping, Dying, Washing and Drying.
Multiple colors could add an additional 48 hours.
the Colors and Process
Cochineal is a small parasite the lives on a specific kind of cactus. It produces pinks, fuchsia, and reds. Our Cochineal is harvested after their life cycle and is sustainably raised in the Sacred Valley of Peru.
We extract the Cochineal from the bug whole over a 2-3 day extraction process in PH neutral water.
Myrobalan is a nut that comes from the Terminalia chebula species of tree. it is also known in Ayurveda as Haritaki, which is the Sanskrit word for the fruit. Haritaki is known as the ‘king of medicines’ as it has cellular regenerative qualities, it’s tridoshic, and has a number of medicinal qualities, but specifically it is one of the main ingredients of Triphala. It is high in tannins and yields butter yellows to golds and is excellent as a pre-mordant and darkens with exposure to the sun, unlike many yellow plant dyers.
Osage Orange is the heartwood of an invasive tree that grows abundantly in the midwest. Osage Orange was often used as hedgerow wind breaks on farms but was originally prized by the Osage tribe for the heartwood to make Bows. Osage orange has tannin content, but often needs a stabilizing ally to keep it from fading from sun exposure, like many yellow dyers.
Organic Indigo is from a green leafy plant which produces sky blue to dark blue. Our current Indigo comes from India, and seasonally from our Indigo garden.
We utilize both Iron fermentation, as well as Henna/fructose fermentation vats.