Although the selection of the items in the shop has grown beyond just Barbara's designs, it all started with the discovery of the deep mysterious dye indigo.
Barbara discovered the ancient art of dying fabric whilst reading about Japanese culture. She fell in love with the process and lots of fabric samples followed.
Each design was and still is created by HAND by herself. Sample fabrics dry in the sun, then the unpredictable part begins where the computer turns some of them into repeat patterns. One can never really tell when a design will look completely different as a repeat pattern from a tiny sample. It is often a SURPRISE. Sometimes good sometimes not so good. It's a laborious process and each stage requires different skills.
The results are wondrous and UNIQUE and unpredictable. A creative process that can teach us so much about ourselves and LIFE.
Hands and hearts are involved
Hand dyed pieces are drying in the sun
Did you know the Japanese have names for each shade of blue?
See more in the blogpost the Journey of Indigo.
The humble tools of the trade
A seemingly messy project turns into something wondrous and beautiful on cloth
Fabric samples arrive digitally printed onto different materials