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Amelia Poole

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Amelia Poole

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Go Indigo, Go!

I have been dyeing with indigo for 15 years. The first time I made an indigo vat, I was hooked! (Luckily, that evening a friend stopped by - she took one look at me and said "Where are your car keys? I'm going to get pizza. You're going to be here all night!."

Indigo is magic. This extraordinary blue color hides in the leaves of a fairly unassuming plant and needs to be extracted through a process or crushing, drying, fermentation, oxidation and reduction! When cloth is removed from the indigo vat, it is yellowy-green. As the dye oxidizes (in contact with the air) it slowly changes to green through turquoise to blue. Multiple dips in the dye vat are required to achieve dark shades.

Shibori is another form of magic! Shibori (絞り染め, Shiborizome) is a Japanese term for a variety of methods of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. This creates resist patterns where the dye does not penetrate all parts of the cloth. The word comes from the verb root ‘shiboru’ – “to wring, squeeze, press.” Rather than treating cloth as a two-dimensional surface, with shibori it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, binding or twisting. It is the pliancy of a textile and its potential for creating a multitude of shape-resisted designs that the Japanese concept of shibori exploits and explores.

Removing the bindings or stitching from a piece of cloth is like opening a present. Each piece is one of a kind. I can control the techniques I use, but the cloth and indigo play their own parts. I am only facilitating - putting together two things - indigo and cloth, that were meant to be together.

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  • Amelia Poole

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am an artist raised by scientists. I am a mother and wife, artist, gardener, cook, avid reader, amateur botanist, and "art nerd". I hold a degree in Textile Design and Construction from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 4, 2012
Welcome! We are surrounded by nature and wrapped in textiles, why not combine the two? Each piece is one of a kind, 100% natural, and dyed with local plant material or sustainably sourced natural dyes.

Eco printing is a process developed and popularized by India Flint of South Australia. I use plants and flowers gathered near my home in Maine to make extraordinary prints and colors on silk.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Enjoy browsing in my shop!

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Returns and exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact me, and I will issue a refund as long as the item is returned in unused condition within two weeks from the order date.
Payment
Payment is due when an order is placed. I accept payments via PayPal. Please contact me if you need to use another form of payment.

I will send a reminder convo if the order is not paid, but if I don't receive payment or communication from the buyer within 24 hours the sale will be cancelled and reported to Etsy.

Maine residents pay 5% sales tax.
Shipping
All orders will ship 2 - 3 business days after payment is received. I use UPS ground or USPS priority mail for domestic shipments, and USPS first class mail for international orders.

International customers are responsible for all customs fees, taxes, and import tariffs.