after letting the indigo leaves compost for about 40 days I used the muck to create a fermentation vat. within about 4 days, with the use of the aquarium heater, the vat was producing color.
this is the culmination of a year long experiment of growing indigo for my own use here in the studio.
I do see why the leaves are composted entirely (mine weren’t ) but I always find that I learn more by testing and bending the status quo. I have new ideas for the next batch and will enjoy dyeing with this vat in addition to my other natural vat. the chem vat sits somewhat neglected other than its occasional use for special effects.
I dropped Richard off at the airport this morning. as I drove back the moon was rising. seemed like a perfect ending. or maybe a new beginning?
kind of a crazy day. lots of interruptions. no Internet until late in the day since we changed providers. but still managed to get things done, eventually.
disappointedly, the new Internet takes longer to upload video. will have to look into that tomorrow.
let’s see how the composting is coming along…
I’m almost giddy with this project- making sukomo ( composted indigo for dyeing) from my own homegrown indigo. it’s taken me a long time to get here and it will be about 100 more days until I see the result. but we’ll see it together here- kinda cool!