Edible colors

I talked to my sister Fran today. She told me that she bases her color decisions for dye projects on whether she feels the color is “edible,” i.e. as appealing as good food. This is an interesting idea. I’ve often said how much I love the smells of the katazome process — the stencil paper, the rice paste, the sweet smell of the soy dyed fabric. I would probably eat my work if I could!

Speaking of edible ideas and colors, two Minnesota arts organizations — Springboard for the Arts and MNartists.org created a wonderful new project — CSA’s — modeled after the popular community supported agriculture movement but in this case it’s Community Supported Art. It’s the most exciting idea to promote local art and artists that I’ve heard about in a long time. You can read about it here.


Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

2 thoughts on “Edible colors”

  1. Wonderful design,color,depth,and movement! If I remember correctly, Kit,you stenciled quite a large amount of fabric. What are your plans for the piece?

  2. thanks, Shari – I’m making a bunch of runners for some art fairs coming up this summer. I can really play with pattern and color variations with these, and I think they can be quite versatile — even work as hangings, for example. Plus, minimal sewing machine work, which suits me well!

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