I love teaching

One of my pleasures with indigo is teaching the process to groups of people. I host workshop at CHI design studio in Columbia SC often but sometimes I travel to beautiful places to give a class: Lake City & Moore Farm Botanical Gardens or Wild Dunes Resort for example. Everyone is eager to learn a new skill. They watch, listen, use their fingers, submerge their hands in the blue dye but the most fulfilling for me is when they open their art work and smile with WHOA's and WOW's..

Workshops

To bring an indigo workshop to your location, please contact me via email chidesignindigo@gmail.com. A good group size is between 10 and 16. I bring all supplies and everyone leaves with their beautiful work and happiness on their face.

With gratitude,
Caroline

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Working one-on-one

My very first one-on-one student came from Charlotte NC. In her words, she is on a spiritual journey: "I too, am on an indigo journey, and have been looking for someone closer to the coast I can work with. I'd like to know what an individual day of instruction would look like. Would I be able to learn how to do an indigo vat, and experience working with natural powder? Would I be able to bring my notebook and ask questions about supplies, and techniques? I'm on a spiritual journey now, and indigo is part of that path."

She completely got what she was looking for. We spent 6 hours together. She learned all shibori, mokume and katazome techniques. She learned how to make a natural non fermented indigo vat and how to dye properly with it. The rain caught us so she could not finish all her dyeing but she went home eager to get her own vat started in her small studio.

Hands-on

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Visit with Michel Garcia ~ Provence, France

My husband and I traveled to France these past few weeks to explore the region of woad in Occitanie and to visit with a renowned natural dyer and educator, Michel Garcia. He lives in Lauris, Provence and after a 3 hour drive, he invited us to his studio for a couple of hours of magic.

Michel Garcia & his studio

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I learned so much about the blue pigment and the other ways to extract it. I practice the ancient fermentation way but he taught me the dry leaf method and I was astonished! Steeping, mixing with a hand-held mixer, microwaving to dry the mud ball - yes, microwaving!! - 1.2.3 DONE!

Indigo Pigment making process

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So this year, I am going to be able to produce purer, faster, better quality blue pigment from our local indigo leaf and create even more beautiful napkins and scarves for you. 

Excited for 2018!
... your indigo girl!

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October 2017 Indigo Harvest

This year's indigo field grew from 1/4 acre to almost 1/2 acre and 600 plants. We harvested 300 plants September 23, 2017 and 450 October 21, 2017. We are still in the process of drying and weighing the indigo dye powder. 

Next year we will be moving the indigo production to a different location, closer to the coast. The two harvests, with the help of the International Center for Indigo Culture (our non-profit), will happen mid-September and mid-October 2018. Stay tuned for opportunities to be part of this Lowcountry Indigo Renaissance!

Lovely indigo day in Kingstree SC.

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