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Indigo Extraction Process—from leaf to pigment with Judi Pettite
September 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm$150
A step-by-step participatory workshop for artists and small- to medium-scale indigo growers
Wondering how to convert the leaves of Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) into blue pigment? Join Judi Pettite onsite at the Fibershed Learning Center in Point Reyes Station for a day of indigo extraction — from a tour of the Fibershed pigment garden, to a demonstration of harvesting the last indigo of the season, then extracting the pigment from the leaves onsite using a passive fermentation process. Our focus will be on small batch extraction for home gardeners, dyers and artisans. Dried indigo pigment can be stored for later use in a dye vat or for art mediums like paints, inks and pastels.
Students should bring their own lunch, snacks, and beverages (water bottle/travel mug), as well as an apron, notebook, and camera. Since there will be time outdoors in the garden, be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
Enroll here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/329405750467
Judi Pettite is an artist, researcher and educator currently living in Southern California. In the field, studio or on the road, she is interested in what motivates people to work with natural pigments, how they forage or cultivate these materials and how this creativity is expressed. Her artwork is intertwined with the exploration of natural mediums and is inspired by many art forms, including painting, drawing, performance and installation.
Judi started the BioHue project in 2006 to create plant-based pigments for use in her art practice. The project moved her beyond the studio and into the outdoors she loves. Through her workshops and products, Judi hopes to support and develop an interest in sustainable colors for artists.
Fibershed Scholarship Program
Fibershed is offering two scholarships to most workshops; one scholarship if it’s a small class. If you would not otherwise be able to attend, and would like to be considered as a scholarship recipient, please answer a few brief questions on this Google Form. Responses will be reviewed by Learning Center staff and kept strictly confidential.
Photos above of Judi Pettite in Fibershed’s pigment garden and indigo extraction in progress by Paige Green