I cultivate my own Indigo in the pristine terroir of Tasmania. My studio sits above the ever-changing ocean which inspires my designs. As Natural Indigo has long been known for its anti-bacterial and health enhancement qualities I only use Natural Sustainable fabrics often hand loomed to further the beauty and health qualities of this product.

 The use of my own Indigo has further led me to an understanding of the complex nature of this dye. The seasons release different intensities of the blue color as does the number of times fabric is immersed in the vats I care for. It is the manipulation of the color variants of blue that make Indigo so highly prized. Commercial, synthetic Indigo is of course only the plain dark blue.

like many before me since recorded time it is the alchemy of these amazing plants that becomes so addictive, how a green leaf can be coaxed to produce the most beautiful range of blues we call indigo is true magic.  The liquid of the indigo fermentation vat is itself yellow/green but when the immersed fabric is released to the fresh air the magic begins and slowly the yellowy green turns to blue as oxygen  is snatched into the fibers..

 This is the color that changed the world, was more highly valued than gold and traded internationally along the trade routes.

  I use an ancient alchemy with a modern interpretation, sometimes overlaying the dyed fabrics with translucent or metallic detailing.

  I hope the wearing of my fabrics brings you both joy and health.

 Colleen MacSporran.

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