19 February, 2013
I mentioned we were getting together with Belinda and Alex for some indigo dyeing last tuesday. We had to hide from the hot sun in the shade of a tree. Greens and blues, all different shades on different pieces of fabric, developing, like prints in the darkroom. I didn't really know what to expect, so any surprise was welcome. You can sort of see in the next photograph how the hanks of yarn, dipped one after another in the bucket, are gradually changing color from green to blue and some of the in-between shades are so pretty and impossible to describe, I wish there was a way to stop the process and fix that color.
And then once the fabric is dry, the color is completely different again. I think we are pretty hooked, there are so many things to experiment with, to try and alter the final result. And yet the fact that so much is outside of your control, the uncertainty itself is addictive.