My fascination with natural indigo dye began after I participated in a workshop where I was introduced to the history and traditional dye methods of the plant. This fueled my fascination with the dye and soon began utilizing my bathtub and kitchen as a personal dye-house . I started experimenting with various materials such as wood, cotton, wool, and eventually an old pair of Vans sneakers. Following the success of the first pair, I went on to produce dozens of pairs in the following weeks.
Natural dyes are particularly interesting because they are actually living organisms. Once the object is submerged into the thick blue potion, there is continuous reaction occurring within the dye. Each pair develops a unique patina determined by use of the consumer. The results are unpredictable yet intriguing.
This particular pair was dyed in indigo, and then briefly submerged in liquid bleach.