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North American Indigo Colloquium


North American Indigo Colloquium

Slow Fiber Studios and UC Botanical Garden will collaborate in presenting the North American Indigo Projects with guest speakers, including world-renowned natural dye expert Michel Garcia of Brittany, France, and Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors, and Rowland Ricketts. In light of the growing awareness of ecological responsibility—the need to preserve the health of people and the environment, as well as the traceability of production processes—artists, designers, and industries are reviving the use of natural indigo. We will explore models of using indigo dye in artistic pursuits, community engagement, education, as we learn about revolutionary changes in the industry.

This leading-edge initiative will offer diverse learning platforms of lectures, workshops, and social gatherings. Programs will be led by Michel Garcia. Michel is joined by Sarah Bellos, founder of Stony Creek Colors (SCC), who developed a natural indigo farm to help lead the sustainability transformation within the textile dyeing and fashion industries and Rowland Ricketts, indigo farmer and artists.

Please join us for this upcoming event, where we will integrate and reflect upon historical practices, chemistry, and farm-to-trade as means to evolve ethical indigo dye practices for the 21st century.

Check in at 9am; coffee/ refreshments, speakers begin at 9:30 am
Bring a brown bag and enjoy lunch with others in the Garden

Registration required: $145 / $135 UCBG Members

For more information on the Fiber & Dye Exhibit and other workshops available, visit

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