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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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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historical documents that assessed the risk of fire at Philadelphia factories in the 19th century.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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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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Madder matters

We are super excited that our first year of growing our madder root has turned out a success! Madder root is
what the red coats used for their red. It makes an alizarin red or a Turkey Red. The root is what is used for
harvesting as a dye. Patience is a virtue though, as it takes 2-3 years to mature into usable dye.

Just found this book at the Book Trader’s in olde city and am excited to read it!!

-Elissa

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Selling at Art in the Age

We are now selling our products at Art in the Age store in old city on 3rd and Arch! Check out our stuff! On
the 23rd were doing a workshop at the store from 6-8. Checkout the Art in the Age blog to RSVP.

These are the new perfume oils we have created. We created one specifically for Art in the Age that has a rustic
woody/mossy scent. Our other scents are called Trees and Soil and Wood burning Stove. Stop in the store and
check them out!

Our show Sustaining Spring just ended and it was very successful! First fridays are super packed in Art in the Age!

-Elissa

 

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Corzo Center website

The grant BLUEREDYELLOW received from The University of the Arts’ Corzo Center for the Creative
Economy
was featured on their new website! Thanks again Corzo Center!!

-Elissa

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Woad dyeing

There are still companies that do woad-indigo dyeing. Woad creates the indigo pigment and it is considered
by some to be a weed. Its origin is from England; Tender Co. celebrates woad in its native environment.
Tender Co. works with Woad-Inc. in Norfolk to do the actual dyeing.

Woad is not quite as strong as the indigo plant. You need more of the plant to dye with and often an increased
number of dips for a darker blue.  Because it is often looked upon as a weed (particularly in the U.S.), it is easy
to pull and make your neighbors happy.

The Hillside is now working with Tender Co. to produce a woad-dyed cloth.

-Elissa

 

 

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Art in the Age

You can now find us posted on the Art in the Age blog. Our friend Dan from Grampashop did the video.

-Elissa

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