UPCOMING WORKSHOP: West Philadelphia

We thought we’d post the following workshop to our guild series.

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-Elissa

 

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Guess what we’re selling…

So we realized that it was about time for us to make nontoxic indigo dyed undergarments as these fabrics tend
to be closest to our body in sensitive areas. Below is a matching set for women.

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…and other women’s…

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Men’s of course

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These new items are currently posted on our shop!

-Elissa

 

 

 

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WORKSHOP SERIES 2014

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Dresden dyer’s guild coat of arms includes stirring and turning sticks, a reel for winding fabric, and a rake.
We felt it appropriate this season to begin a workshop series in different studio/workspaces and give each
its own little dyer’s guild.

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Our first workshop will be held Saturday, May 31st in the dye shop of Parsons-Meares, Ltd., a company
producing state of the art costumes in New York City.  The workshop will focus on natural dyes in costume,
primarily colors of the shakespearean era. Learn basic natural dyeing techniques using colors that would
have been used in the theater including a naturally fermenting indigo vat, madder, weld and cochineal.
Leave the workshop with knowledge, color samples and a cotton tote bag to keep your sheet music or dance
clothes in. We hope to see you there!

MAX CAPACITY: 12 students

COST: $65

TIME: 10-4 (we will take a break in the afternoon-food nearby, kitchen space in shop.)

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR WORKSHOP: Pay ahead using paypal and send payment to
blueredyellow.designs@gmail.com, and in an email, RSVP your name and we will send you a waiver and
release of liability to sign before workshop.
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Queen Elizabeth in Tyrian Purple (mollusk) and below; Shakespeare’s  Globe Theater today.

The Globe from air

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NEW POST!

Wow it has been awhile since we posted and we apologize. Here’s some of what we have been working on….

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First off, we had a workshop in Kensington organized by artist Maria Moller of Hexamer Redux, a project on 
historical documents that assessed the risk of fire at Philadelphia factories in the 19th century. We were part of
a workshop based on a Hexamer survey from Providence Dye Works, a dye factory that stayed in business up
until the 1950’s.

 
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The site is currently vacant aside from Porretta’s Frame and Alignment shop off Emerald Street. Maria set up
the amazing surveys, and we setup a little dye workshop in the vacant area.

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We had pre-alum-mordanted wool and cotton and foraged plants grown in the lot such as mugwort and
goldenrod to make yellows. Botanist Zya S. Levy of We the Weeds did a re-survey  of the site. The surveys of
the historical site were shown at Little Berlin as part of the Manufacturing Fire exhibit.

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Aside from the workshop, we have done some custom orders!
 

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Plethora of Tees for David Eric Iacone of Least Concerned Clothing

 

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Honorably mentioned in The New York Times!

Elissa and I were surprised and delighted to be invited to interview with Michael Tortorello two weeks ago for 
an article in The New York Times! The article is in todays paper and available online. They even sent
photographer Steve Legato to take pictures of us working. Some of those photos appear in the slide show.
Take a look!

View the article online.

View the slide show.

- Mira Sophia

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The madder has sprung!

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Only last week there was no sign of the madder but today she is there, thrusting vigorously upward, reaching
for the sky. This is how we begin our 2012 growing season! A promising start after an unusual Spring.
It’s going to be a good year. I can feel it!

-Mira Sophia

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Color Swatches

We have been working on some swatches. Making lots of over dye swatches with beautifully knitted fibers.
Checkout http://www.admknitting.com/ who we have collaborated with on the swatches.


-Elissa

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Our workshop at the Design Center

The workshop was awesome! Thanks everyone who made it out. It makes us happy to share an age old process.

-Elissa

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Design Philadelphia workshop

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Red and Yellow Plant Dye Workshop

Gain a hands-on understanding of the processes involved in using plant material to create naturally dyed fabrics. 
Workshop includes lecture and demonstration of using raw plant materials to make madder root red and marigold
yellow. Leave workshop with a handkerchief or bracelet.

 

It is on October 21 from 10-1

Wheelchair accessible.
Admission: $5
Space is limited. RSVP  to blueredyellow.designs@gmail.com
http://www.blueredandyellow.com

 

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The plant formerly know as Polygonum tinctorium!

Today, Monday October 3rd, Elissa and I harvested the indigo we planted this spring. It was a solemn occasion.
We are fast approaching the moment of truth. Will these plants, which we have lovingly cared for, yield the
precious blue pigment we seek?

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As a gardener I always find harvest bittersweet. After months of carefully tending these plants we pull them all
up. In less than an hour the patch is bare, no hint of what was so happily growing there only this morning.

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If there is sorrow there is also a growing sense of excitement. The harvested indigo makes an impressive pile!
We haven’t worked hard for nothing – this will be a success! Won’t it?

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Certainly the blue stains on our fingers indicate something!

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Of course harvesting is the easy part. Now we must process the plants. To save space we decided to remove
all the stems since they don’t contain the sought after pigment. Not surprisingly this took some time!
Special ‘thank you’ to a couple friends (you know who you are!) who assisted with this task!

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Many hours later we have two kiddie pools of leaves cozily steeping in the kitchen. I think that’s enough
for one day, don’t you?

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In closing I’d like to give a shout out to all the beneficial insects out there – we couldn’t have done this without
you! Also I have only just learned that our indigo, common name of Japanese Indigo, no longer answers to
the name of Polygonum tinctorium (thank you very much!) but prefers the moniker Persicaria tinctorium. Just
so you know!

- Mira Sophia

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