|An indigo-colored vase I recently made.|
I found that when I glaze objects in transparent then black, they combine in the firing to produce a deep indigo color.
There's an episode of At Home With Venetia in Kyoto where Venetia visits a textile artist with her grandson Joe. They crush indigo leaves and create patterns on fabric with that and other plant dyes. Venetia and Joe later sing a song about colors. Funnily an echo effect is applied to the song so it sounds as though they're singing in a grand, empty hall.*
While watching Venetia I wondered what the indigo dye smelled like. I knew a guy in London named James who studied textile design in college. He claimed that he loved the smell of indigo. It's not a typically pleasant scent apparently, but he loved it anyway.
|The Nakashima House as printed in Handcrafted Modern by Leslie Williamson|
I saw photographs of the furniture maker George Nakashima's home in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The interior is traditional Japanese crossed with the American Shaker style. The simple cushions on the plain wooden benches looked to be indigo-dyed. I grew up living only minutes away from this house. Now it's on the other side of the country from me. Shame, as I would love to visit it now.
|Shun-yo from Shoyeido|