Welcome to the first installment of Mon.tage, a series of posts for Mondays showcasing a select group of images corresponding to themes I’m working with or researching in the studio at the moment.
Indigo: the name was coined by Issac Newton when he discovered the color’s existence in the prismatic spectrum. Yet, the color *we* know daily comes from a plant-based dye that goes back to ancient Greece and beyond.
After researching a little over the weekend, I not only found images of the plant, but also read about it’s history and use – and the cultures that have been touched by it – the slaves who farmed it, the ships that carried it – the color that makes blue jeans blue.
Indigo Dye – also above in it’s dry form and plant form
Japanese Boro Vest and Gee’s Bend Workwear Quilts:†similar – and worlds apart.