“The Indigo Plot” Studio boxes Autumn 2022

Studio boxes are back… and this year they are very special.

Every autumn/winter I run through my studio stash and make up some studio boxes with samples or surplus of fabric and paper printed, inks, pastes and various other creative items, ingredients I want to share around. Usually they are samples I made for classes and do not have a use for. The items are very much unique and hand made by me using a very sustainable process and extremely natural ingredients.

This year will be very special and the proceed of the sales will go towards the up-keep of “The Indigo Plot” my natural dye garden in the Glasgow Botanical Garden. This is a two years project where I will try and connect the public with natural dyes and show them how to connect plants with colours. I am planning a big Natural Dyes exhibition on 15/16/17th September in Glasgow – Scotland.

This year I am starting my studio boxes very early with a set of wool scarves I hand dyed in gorgeous Woad and Indigo vats, all home grown. Other items will be added as and when I get to that pile.

Those items will be with me at the creative craft fair in Glasgow on the 13-16 september.

If you want to order one just click and pay via the paypal link… paypal will give me your address but if your paypal account is not up to date contact me right away with your updated address by email bettysbeautifullife@bettysbeautifullife

If you are out with mainland uk email me or message me for posting costs bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

“The Indigo plot” hand dyed wool scarf (Woad and Indigo) NORTH AMERICA & AUSTRALIA SHIPPING INCLUDED

This is a gorgeous scarf made of open woven wool (provenance Europe), 45 cm x 160 cm so a generous size for keeping cosy this winter. It has been hand dyed (by me) with a natural dye vat of Woad and Indigo (home grown). This is a very unique product as only a few were made using my home grown plants. Indigo dyed products are very colour fast and long lasting. This items has been well finished and will provide you with lovely warmth for years to come as well as make you part of a special project. “The Indigo plot” is a temporary dye garden in Glasgow were Japanese Indigo is grown and Woad plants.

£65.90

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“The Indigo plot” hand dyed wool scarf (Woad and Indigo) UK SHIPPING

This is a gorgeous scarf made of open woven wool (provenance Europe), 45 cm x 160 cm so a generous size for keeping cosy this winter. It has been hand dyed (by me) with a natural dye vat of Woad and Indigo (home grown). This is a very unique product as only a few were made using my home grown plants. Indigo dyed products are very colour fast and long lasting. This items has been well finished and will provide you with lovely warmth for years to come as well as make you part of a special project. “The Indigo plot” is a temporary dye garden in Glasgow were Japanese Indigo is grown and Woad plants.

£49.95

Sharing eco wisdom… teaching my eco technique to local pupils

This week was a special one, quite a busy one in fact as well as hosting “The True Colour of the Cotinus” Exhibition at the Glasgow Botanical garden and a Cotinus printing masterclass I had the very great privilege to welcome the S1 pupils of a local school for a two days workshop in Botanical Printing and Natural dying. A whole 100 children and their teachers from Jordanhill School came by to learn about Eco techniques.

Before Covid kicked in I used to teach those workshops but somehow the 2 years gap seemed to make them more meaningful so this time and it was truly a great experience.

Off course I did not teach 100 children in the one session. That would be completely mad. Small groups of 12 gathered around the table and together we rolled some bundles. We used local leaves and simmered them in Sapan wood, a natural dye from South East Asia that gives a great pink. Natural dye can be of very happy colours.

I wanted to show them that you can create great patterns by just using nature.

Once the bundles were in the dye pot we moved to Natural dying some small section of silk with fresh leaves of Japanese Indigo. It is a very special process and quite a unique one as the Indigo is grown in the Botanical Garden in my dye garden I called “The Indigo plot” . Very few growers grow Japanese Indigo in Scotland this is probably the only school this autumn that has had the chance to try their hand at that technique. We used the salt rub method. That consist in rubbing the leaves until the Indoxyl in them comes out and when rubbing the silk in it it oxidises with oxygen and becomes blue. It is a magical process and the children loved it. They spent a good amount of the time trying to understand how it worked and the rest of the time finding out how to get the best blue. Three groups trying all to get the best blue. It was a lot of fun.

The children left with their bundles unopened and I will have to wait to see the results but I hear they loved the experience and the pink papers are looking great. I cant wait to receive the photos.

It would be my dream if one of those children had been so inspired by our sessions that he/she would become a natural dyer in the future.

I am certainly inspired to do loads more sessions for children.

Betty x