My part of the Seed 2 Runway Project consists of 1) growing natural color from indigo, marigold and madder; 2) natural dyeing and eco-printing on fabric; and 3) contemplative stitching by hand and machine including embellishing with beads and other fibers.
A Project of Otahpiaaki Fashion Week at Mount Royal University | Calgary, Alberta and Poo'mikapii at Red Crow Community College | Cardston, Alberta
Project Consists Of Growing Three Colorful "Tuskie" Aunties: Indigo | Marigold Flowers | Madder :: And Stitching (Making Marks of Resistance)
The Stuff Of Dreams ...
From Seed To Pow Wow & Ceremonial Regalia On Medicine Cloth
Marks of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery Workshop
Image Link to PDF About Indigo Transfer of Knowledge on Kainai Reserve in Canada
Eastern Woodlands Hand Dyed Wool Blanket Shawls aka Medicine Blankets
The "Seed 2 Runway" products that I will make to sell with be traditional Eastern Woodlands hand dyed blanket shawls. Two styles will be available: 1) Hand Dyed with Linen Thread Blanket Stitch Binding; and 2) "Winter Count" ~ Hand Dyed with Embellished Wool Applique. Dye colors will be grown from seeds and nuts picked up off the ground. Natural colors will consist of blue from indigo leaves, yellow from marigold flowers, red from madder root and brown from black walnuts.
Each shawl measures 46” x 82” on 100% organic cotton mull, which is a soft semi-transparent light and airy fabric. The wearable art shawl is hand dyed using plant-based indigo following multi-generational family techniques. Dark blue colors are achieved with multiple dips in a simmering indigo pot. Resist design patterns are Contentena Creek Homeland Toisnot Tuscarora, and Georgetown, SC Geechee that were practiced and passed down through family members. Each shawl is one of a kind. Shawls were used as teaching samples during indigo dye workshop at 2018 Otahpiaaki Fashion Week in Calgary, Canada. Hand wash in cold water using mild detergent, and tumble dry low. Shawls can be purchased in-person at yearly Holiday Sale venues and at Online Sales Events.
2017 Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto Black Walnut & Indigo Dye Workshops ~ Toronto, Canada
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