Volume 21 Issue 1 A Journal Dedicated to Natural Dyes Fall 2016


Grey Madder (detail)
Pamela Feldman
Grey Madder (detail)
Naturally dyed wool.
Photograph by
Larry Fritz


Dear Readers:

Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of the Turkey Red Journal. The cooler weather has finally arrived in Chicago. I have already harvested Japanese Indigo, Cota and weld and collected this season's walnuts. A few of the Rabbitbrush seeds I planted sprouted; hopefully, more will grow next season.

I will be exhibiting my latest tapestry rug, "Lurie Garden II - Garden Pathway," at the Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. The show opens Sunday, October 16 and runs through November 9, 2016. Please stop by if you are in the area.

We had three submissions for this edition of the Turkey Red Journal. Dr. Eugenia Ron, a retired Professor of Botany at the Complutense University of Madrid, recently wrote to me about her natural dye experiments. Eugenia's field of research is studying Spanish bryophyte flora. Since her retirement, she has extended her interest to exploring the dye potential of local plants. She describes her research in her article, "The Dyer Botanist's Corner." You may also want to check out her website at http://www.plantactions.com/rincon. I will be traveling to Spain in November and look forward to meeting Eugenia and learning more about her research.

Donna Brown, regular contributor to the Turkey Red Journal, writes about the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden in her article, "Growing a Dye Garden". The project started with a grant from the Ford family given to the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild in honor of their daughter Janice, who was a member of the guild. For the next three years, Donna worked with the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms and the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild to create a memorial dye garden. The project has grown into a place to learn about natural dyes for both adults and children.

In her article "Landscape Paintings with Natural Dyes," artist Taniya Vaidya (TRJ, Volume 13, Issue 2, Spring 2008) describes her research on indigo. Taniya was granted a research fellowship position at Rhode Island School of Design Museum Department of Costumes and Textiles to study ancient natural dye samples and techniques. Taniya used this knowledge in combination with her spontaneous approach to her artwork to create a new body of work.

We have moved to an open submission policy for articles, artwork, exhibit notices and reviews for for upcoming issues. We are interested in featuring dyers from around the world, so don't hesitate to submit your ideas for articles. Send your submissions to madder@comcast.net.

Back issues of the print version of the TRJ are still available for purchase. Contact me directly for further information. Please keep sending in your thoughts and suggestions. We appreciate all your comments.

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As always, a special thanks to Bob Feldman, our copy editor and webmaster for all his hard work.

Pamela Feldman
Editor and Publisher