Ambatalia GIVEINDIGO PROJECT
An indigo world quilt-100% proceeds goes to charity.
Using instagram September 15th 2014I called upon indigo dyers from around the world to send pieces of hand dyed indigo to Ambatalia. Together we are making a quilt to be shown and auctioned at the West Coast Craft show December 6th and 7th in the Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to International Rivers.
Indigo dyers from Japan, Australia, Thailand and around the United States have sent us indigo, people that are local to the bay area did the hand stitch work.
Special thanks to West Coast Craft for giving us the space and support.
Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them.
We work with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options.
We seek a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local communities are valued and protected. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
Based in four continents, our staff has expertise in big dams, energy and water policy, climate change, and international financial institutions. We support partner organizations and dam-affected people by providing advice, training and technical
assistance, and advocating on their behalf with governments, banks, companies and international agencies. The focus of our work is in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
I feel its a very special time in history where western artisans are wanting to be more connected to the true art form and color of the ancient ways of dying with plants. Gratitude goes to the master dyers around the world that Kept this magical color alive.
The design of this quilt was inspired by the Japanese"boro" style of stiching indigo dyed rags to mend over and over again. Their tradition was born out of necessity and mending what they had. "To Mend" in my own words means to care for something that has great value and purpose. Ultimatley I want to connect! The rivers connecting and flowing to the oceans inspires me to connect indigo dyers together through the process of making this quilt. I need connection to others in the same way to keep my passion alive and my heart at peace. Tapping into my creativity and resourcefulness in this way gives me the most pleasure in my day. Indigo blue is a reflextion of our rivers, sky and oceans and a patchwork of healing hands stretched across the world echoing " I am a part of this" is where the magic happens.
I believe when you are touched by beauty, you want to protect it. A child's smile. A pristine river or a hand stitched indigo quilt. The more and more connections we make the better chance we have to move in a positive direction.
photo by Daniel Dent
Celine from Atelier Thibault
Giveindigo local stitchers:
Renee Beaudoin, Seattle, WA
Elizabeth Leslie from Mujo store in Kyoto, Japan
Leslie Leslie ( vintage piece from Japan) from Mill Valley, CA
Gasali Adeyemo, Santa Fe, NM
Therapy from Sydney, Austrailia
katrina Rodabaugh from Oakland, CA
Lindsay Jean Robinson , Fairfax, CA
Territory Designs , Chicago, IL ( piece from Thailand)
Carolyn Robbins , San Rafael, CA
Mikaela Kate Hennessey, ( vintage piece from Africa) Santé Fe, NM
Luisa Franco Madge, Newtown Austrailia
Junichi Akahoshi, Fukuoka, Japan
Maura Ambrose, Folkfibers Austin, TX
Rebekah Cantor, Marin, CA
Olivia Butrick, Brooklyn, NY
Carrie Crawford Minerial Workshop, Fairfax, CA
Jody Alexander, Santa Cruz, CA
LeeAnn Bartolini, West Marin, CA
Jennette Nielsen, Monroe, WA
Of course Jess Brown had to come play!