foraging for color, ink-making, natural dyes, wild pigments
Wild Pigment Project’s book suggestions! Books about identifying, gathering and using pigments are at the top, followed by highly recommended books about pigment history and ideas about color. We’re in the process of providing reviews for each book. Let us know if you’d like to write a book review for your favorite pick.
Make Ink by Jason Logan
Jason Logan’s book, Make Ink is an invitation into the poetic den of a modern-day alchemist. His approach strips the practice of delving into the mysteries of color-containing tree parts, weeds, and the fragments of industry any “crafty” associations such an activity might have. He invites readers to forge deeper bonds with their local stomping grounds by filling their pockets with acorn caps, broken bits of drywall, poisonous pokeweed berries, tarnishing curls of copper wire, and even cigarette butts as potential sources for ink-making. Distinctly literary, Make Ink nevertheless gives clear, easy-to-follow recipes for twelve different brilliant colored inks, and includes a gallery of both Logan’s beautiful ink blots, and ink scribbles by an array of famous artists and authors, plus an interview between Logan and Micheal Ondaatje, author of The English Patient. ~ WPP
Thousands of natural materials can produce glorious color—the insect cochineal produces pink, maroon, and purple, and more than 500 species of plants produce indigo blue. Now, in The Modern Natural Dyer, expert Kristine Vejar shares the most user-friendly techniques for dyeing yarn, fabric, and finished goods at home with foraged and garden-raised dyestuffs as well as with convenient natural dye extracts. Demystifying the "magic," Vejar explains in explicit, easy-to-follow detail how to produce consistent, long-lasting color. With stunning photography of the dyes themselves, the dyeing process, and 20 projects for home and wardrobe (some to knit, some to sew, and some just a matter of submerging a finished piece in a prepared bath), The Modern Natural Dyer is a complete resource for aspiring and experienced dye artisans. ~ excerpt from www.kristinevejar.com