North American Indigo Colloquium co-presented with Slow Fiber Studios: INDIGO from PLANTS, or PETROLEUM? : Transparency, Traceability, and Farm-to-Trade

Colloquium | March 31 | 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Slow Fiber Studios and UC Botanical Garden will collaborate in presenting the North American Indigo Projects with guest speakers, including world-renowned natural dye expert Michel Garcia of Brittany, France, Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors, Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed, and Rowland Ricketts. In light of the growing awareness of ecological responsibility—the need to preserve the health of people and the environment, as well as the traceability of production processes—artists, designers, and industries are reviving the use of natural indigo. We will explore models of using indigo dye in artistic pursuits, community engagement, education, as we learn about revolutionary changes in the industry.
This leading-edge initiative will offer diverse learning platforms of lectures, workshops, and social gatherings. Programs will be led by Michel Garcia, whose vast knowledge is showcased in the Natural Dye Workshop DVD series. Michel is joined by Sarah Bellos, founder of Stony Creek Colors (SCC), who developed a natural indigo farm to help lead the sustainability transformation within the textile dyeing and fashion industries and Rowland Ricketts, indigo farmer and artists.
SCC indigo powder can be purchased at
Please join us for this upcoming event in the spring of 2019, where we will integrate and reflect upon historical practices, chemistry, and farm-to-trade as means to evolve ethical indigo dye practices for the 21st century.

Check-in, coffee and light refreshments at 9:30 am, speakers begin at 10:00 am

 $145 / $135 UCBG Members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606