Earlier this week we had the great joy of going over to Rowland Ricketts’ studio to use his community indigo dye vat. How exciting! This was my first time dyeing with indigo (first of many, I hope). I’d met Rowland in the fall when we visited him at Hilltop garden to see the indigo plants and composting process. His knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication to the craft are remarkable.

It’s incredible that traditional Japanese indigo farming is happening here, in this little Midwestern town. Ricketts writes that this art project is, “based on the belief that material and process are central to the artistic practice and the idea that raising your raw materials from a handful of seeds lends a unique insight into how we live, create, and consume as contemporary Americans”.

Please take a look at his indigo website.


Indigo Paper

A couple of our papers hanging out to dry. The Japanese paper, Mingeishi, worked especially well.

Indigo Fabric, in process

Indigo Linen

I also experimented with dyeing a piece of linen—success! Look for me wearing this scarf around town, especially at Bloomington <> Bluemington, First Friday on May 2nd.







  • oh! so jealous! so pleased you are finding such good things to get into.

    the textile arts center here in brooklyn is going to use our community garden for natural dye projects. I’m looking forward to that this summer 🙂

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