North American Indigo Colloquium: INDIGO from PLANTS, or PETROLEUM? : Transparency & Traceability

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Sunday March 31

9:30 AM  –  1:00 PM

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, whose vast knowledge is showcased in the Natural Dye Workshop DVD series. 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.

SCC indigo powder can be purchased at

Please join us for this upcoming event in the spring of 2019, 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.


Bring a brown bag and enjoy lunch with others in the Garden




All program fees include same day admission to the Garden, rain or shine (a $12 value per adult).

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In the event that the Garden has to cancel a program you will be offered a full refund or the option to transfer to another program.