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NATURAL PIGMENTS

Picture of balls of blue string drying on a stepladder in Aude Franjou's workshop
sculpture made of linen dyed natural indigo pigments by Aude Franjou
Picture of balls of blue string drying on the branch of a tree
Picture of artist Aude Franjou carrying a cauldron of freshly dyed linen string.
sculpture made of linen dyed natural indigo pigments by Aude Franjou
Picture of a pestle and mortar containing powdered indigo dye.
linen fibres dyed indigo by Aude Franjou
Picture of balls of indigo blue string, raw materials of sculptures.
Picture of balls of linen string being dyed in a metalic cauldron

NATURAL PIGMENTS

Some time ago I discovered the technique and the world of Indigo with Betty de Paris. The technique is fabulous but difficult. It is so advanced that one can spend a lifetime exploring its contours.

I use the three step process, and I discovered along the way that linen is the most complicated material to dye with indigo.

I first tried to dye whole pieces, then I made my own skeins and sculpted with these blues.

Here are my own modest attempts.

 

PIGMENTS NATURELS

J’ai découvert il y a quelques temps la technique et le monde de l’Indigo avec Betty de Paris. La technique est fabuleuse mais ardue. Elle est si pointue que l’on peux passer sa vie à en explorer les contours.

J’utilise la cuve en trois temps, et à cette occasion j’ai decouvert que le lin est la matière la plus compliquée à teindre à l’indigo.

J’ai d’abors choisi de teindre des pièces entières, puis j’ai fait mes propres écheveaux et sculpté avec ces bleus.

Ici modestement mes propres essais.