Fresh indigo blues direct from persicaria tinctoria leaves.

My first experiments using my own indigo plants continually break new ground in my understanding of this fresh process. Whether using blended leaves to make a paste or individual direct press leaves on textiles I have been creating new ranges and uses. Inspired by some gorgeous blue tones from soft teal to deep blueswhile in…

Sashiko off the 10cc studio table

It’s been a while since I shared any textile projects, due to working full time to restore my teacher registration. In doing so, I have met and rekindled some curious creative relationships in my own region through visual arts, paint, draw and photography. My indigo beds in Kapiti studio have been dormant over winter 2022,…

Mikuniya guest house at Miyajima stay

Junya our host has thought of every domestic need at his guest house, nestled on the lower slopes of Chue machi. Miyajima is a world cultural heritage island close to Hiroshima where my mother was raised as a child. The public bath house over the lane was also top rate and welcoming to guests. The…

Shannon TePaki property visit. 19 December 2021

Moving Continents:Japan Blue aizome September 2019

A celebration and reflection of my time in Japan a year ago. Keeping natural indigo dyes in all its forms and applications going is a big task for the growers. Several indigo farms in Tokushima supply 80% of the indigo for dyers and weavers. Learning from master dyers in Okayama, Tokushima and Kurume weavers has…

Ransyu Yano HonAizome Yanokohjoh Co. Tokushima

Through the 2019 Japan Foundation fellowship I was in Japan to meet the Kasuri weaving community members and research specific processes and indigo dye for it’s uses for Kasuri weavers. Through Okayama based artisan Hiromi Watanabe, her professional skills in studio based dyeing were an insight into the fundamentals of Japanese aizome practice. Her education…

Hiromi Watanabe Aizome artist and dyer Tsuyama Okayama

Getting to know a region through its people, culture and arts is one way of making very good connections to the Japanese landscape of arts. Meeting Hiromi Watanabe dyer and artist through Toyomi Harada from Misaki cho was a tactile experience for our group of visitors from the Arts and Craft Village. I can’t thank…

Japan Blue – Aizome, indigo dyers Tokushima

My trip to Japan wouldn’t be complete without meeting some of the dyers who create original and traditional works from the indigo plant and makers of sukumo. The fermented Aizome or sukumo is made from indigo plants in Tokushima. Awa blue is made from polygonaceae from the knotweed family. The leaves are harvested, dried and…