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Museum offering indigo workshop series

on Tuesday, 15 June 2021. Posted in Arts & Culture, Education, Local News, FEATURES

Museum offering indigo workshop series

The Florence County Museum and visiting artist Catherine Cross Tsintzos will offer a three-part virtual indigo workshop series that explores all aspects of Indigofera Suffruticosa from seed to dye.

Tsintzos, interdisciplinary artist of the Art and Agriculture Project, will share her knowledge from years on the Southeast Indigo Trail from coastal North Carolina to Florida. She has provided lectures, consultations, workshops, exhibitions and more during partnerships with art and history museums, schools, universities and nonprofit groups. She has participated as a visiting artist through residencies in schools throughout the Southeast. In addition, she has been awarded residencies to research and create art.

The first workshop, “Indigo in the Garden,” will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop will be held virtually via Zoom. The cost is $25.

Participants will discover ways to incorporate Indigofera Suffruticosa into the garden by learning the basics of environmental requirements, starting plants from seed, plant care and continued maintenance. All participants will receive seeds for planting by mail. The second workshop will be “Dyeing with Natural Indigo.” It will be held Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to noon on Zoom. The cost is $50. Tsintzos will teach participants how to crtterns and dye natural fibers with indigo.

Participants will learn how to create an indigo ferrous vat. A kit with all required materials is included with workshop registration. The kit includes a bucket, indigo dye powder, ferrous sulfate, calcium hydroxide, resist materials, a cotton flour sack towel, and a silk scarf. Kits will be available for local pickup or shipping on July 1. Local kit pick-up is free of charge. If shipping is required, a $10 shipping fee is required.

The final workshop, titled “Harvesting and Extracting Indigo,” will be held Saturday, Aug.28 from 10 a.m. to noon via Zoom. The cost is $25.

Tsintzos will share her practice of harvesting indigo and extracting the coveted dye from the plant. Participants will learn when and how to harvest Indigofera Suffruticosa, ways to extract dye from the plant, proper storage for dried plant or dye powder, and how to harvest and save seeds for next year's garden.

Registration is required for each workshop. To register, visit www.flocomuseum.org/virtual-indigo.

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