Even before I began working with natural indigo, I had always been an admirer of those deep indigo textile pieces. Today, I am going to share with you my favorite Natural Indigo Vat, that I feel is friendly to beginning indigo artists or even those of you who wish to explore Shibori patterns in an afternoon. First, a little background on how I came to use the Indigo Iron Vat.
As you may remember, I hosted my first ever Shibori workshop event mostly for friends. My friend Amelia and I, had discussed sharing our knowledge and skills to learn something like an art-form or craft in an afternoon. With my background and experience in art education, the idea of hosting a workshop, came to me organically. For the first class, I used a beginner's Indigo kitavailable by Jacquard. I often keep this kit as a back-up for parties or events, although I have shifted to using a completely natural kit with no synthetic reduction agents (they can be quite smelly, so be sure to work in a well ventilated space or outdoors, if you prefer this first kit!- my kit includes a few additional shapes and uses and all natural recipe- read on down for all the details!)
Next, I attended a block-printing workshop out in the high-desert, and to my surprise that day we dipped our textiles into a fructose vat, which I write about here. I set out working with the Fructose Vat for many months. I found it ideal for one time use over the course of an afternoon, I had more challenges when sealing off the vat to prevent oxidation or rebalancing the vat. Now, I enjoy working with the Ferrous Vat a.k.a. Iron Vat for long-term use! To my surprise one of my five gallon vats, has been fermenting an creating beautiful blues for quite a few months and I simply store it in the shade in my garden. Occasionally, I mix up additional stock to add more pigment to the vat.
Today's the day! I have loved following along everyone's beautiful space. I am going to do a mini reveal (don't judge!) After six weeks, our contractor still has not completed the space, and he ran into a snafu yesterday when installing the glass shower door. To be honest, I have been distracted and justing letting him do his thing! I took a look at the space today and realized, he had forgotten to install the oak chair rail, along with our towel holders, hooks and accessories! These items will really make a difference when I am photographing the space because towels add great texture!
On a positive note the grout is all done. Did I mention that I will be back in later to share more styled and complete photography? In the mean time check out the progress and know that all of you guest designers out there have really inspired me.
To see where we started, check out Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 and Week 5
Main Spa Bath Caddy DIY + It all comes together
We are getting there, it is all coming together. I've made this my mantra for the week. Seriously;) if you can relate- just take a deep breathe and say it with me! But seriously, this week we made lots more progress on tiling and a bath caddy! In this post, I will share the modern look of Heath Ceramics Mid-century white square subway tile along with Island Blue, a new shade that is being developed at their factory laid in a stitch mosaic technique. If you read on down you will see how I made a simple bath caddy out of white oak for endless soaking and relaxing to come.
When we started this challenge, I did not imagine that it would take us all 6 weeks to finish this space, especially since we are working with the help of a contractor and his team. I had visions of doing the photoshoot by Week 4 and having the room all tied up and styled with accessories by this week. Haha- not exactly what's happening! But we do have tile and sink progress.
HI, I'M HILARY.
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