Top 5 indigo Artists From around the World
Ready to see some breathtaking indigo from around the world? Has the indigo trend caught your eye?
Today, I will share with you my favorite indigo artists from across the globe. Indigo dyeing is has a long history. The practice has permeated the globe from Japan to Thailand, West Africa and North America. Many ancient cultures have a history of dyeing using the indigo plant.
After weeks of searching for the most innovative patterns and inspiration, I have put together a growing collection of artists from around the world that are doing interesting things with natural indigo.
1. Ricketts Indigo: Rowland and Chinami Ricketts
Rowland and Chinami Ricketts use traditional processes to create modern textiles. Their work first caught my eye on Pinterest, as I was preparing to host my Shibori Textile workshop. Below, is an installation by Rowland Ricketts showing varying hues that can result with indigo dye.
Read more to see the rest of this list of amazing indigo artists.
2. Gypsy Janpengpen
Gypsy Janpengpen, an Indigo-dyer from Sakon Nakhon, holding balls of indigo yarn. Thaïland. I know the indigo tradition is strong in parts of Thailand. I love this photo and I am hoping to learn more about this artist.
3. Aboubakar Fofana:
Early this year, I came across the incredible work of Aboubakar Fofana, a Malian indigo dyer. He is is focused on preserving and revitalizing Mali’s vanishing tradition of natural indigo dyeing.
I enjoy his installations too, in fact, he just had one at the Fowler Museum here in Los Angeles.
The picture below, of sheep dyed in indigo in Athens are part of his work. Here is what he has to say about the piece:
"Blue is a divine colour in West Africa, a colour which links humans to the heavens and to the unknown, and as the only natural source of this colour, indigo is inextricably linked to this sense of divinity. Just as every journey should start with a blessing, I have dyed these sheep with indigo to symbolise the blessings that immigrants need as they leave everything and everybody they know and step into the unknown." You can read the rest on his Instagram page here.
The artworks below emerge from a group of artists called the Shibori Community in Tokyo. This spring, I am hoping to go to Japan to practice and learn more about the art form. Since Shibori is a traditional craft that emerged from a community tradition not a particular artist. I like that this community exists. These pieces feel modern and seem propel the craft, it's designs and variations into the future.
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