TASA Program: Donna Hardy/Indigo in the Southeast U.S.

On Friday, June 1, Lynn Pollard hosted TASA’s summer program on indigo. Indigo authority Donna Hardy gave a history of the plant (the name indigo comes from the country name “India” ) and its use, and explained the different kinds of indigo plants–some are in the legume family; others in the cabbage family.

Donna also shared stories about the cultivation of indigo in the Carolina colonies and Georgia. She talked about various techniques in making indigo dye and showed a picture of an old indigo vat.

Donna is dedicated to preserving the knowledge of indigo production and is envisioning a center to bring all blue-producing plants from around the world together to record and document the ways they are used.
Today synthetic indigo dye is more readily available than natural indigo.

Following Donna’s program, members showed a variety of indigo-dyed fabrics from Indonesia, African countries, and SE Asia.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

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Save the Date! TASA Summer Program – Indigo Presentation by Donna Hardy

Considered one of the premier experts on indigo in America, Donna is currently working with Dr. Brian Ward at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education center in Charleston doing practical research on the most effective ways to grow indigo. She is also working with a group of engineering students at the University of Georgia to create a new and more efficient way to process indigo. “I’ve been thinking about the importance of preserving this knowledge and have been contemplating that maybe we need a center to bring all of the blue-producing plants from around the world together and record and document the many ways they are used. Create a center for indigo culture, so to speak.”

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Home of Textile Artist/Indigo Dyer Lynn Pollard: 1211 Heritage Ct., 30327
$10 for non-members; 2018 TASA and current SEFAA members free 

RSVP REQUIRED: gvgoodwin@aol.com

For further information on Donna Hardy and Sea Island Indigo see:

2015 Ted Talk

February 2017 Alabama Channin Journal–“Indigo Stories: Donna Hardy of Sea Island Indigo

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

Save the Date – TASA’s Spring 2018 Program

TASA’s Spring program will be Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10AM: a visit to Bulloch Hall in Roswell for the 2018 Great American Cover-up Quilt Show Commemorating the Centennial of the National Park Service.  Curator Holly Anderson will meet with us to introduce the show and answer questions.

Bulloch Hall is a Greek Revival style house built in 1839. It was the childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, mother of our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt was quite a naturalist and influential in the creation of the National Parks.

Holly suggests we gather on the porch of the gift shop after purchasing tickets and walk to the house from there. If you need assistance there is a golf cart available.

rsvp: gvgoodwin@aol.com, $7 for 2018 TASA members; $17 guests (includes 2018 dues)

Presented by the Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild
Bulloch Hall: 180 Bulloch Ave, Roswell, GA 30075

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

 

2018 Annual Business Meeting

On February 6, TASA held its annual business meeting at the home of Nancy Hollister.  Future programs discussed include a curated tour of the Bullock Hall quilt exhibit in March. a program on textiles from Ghana and Ivory coast and a program on Indigo dyed cloth.

TASA members brought interesting textiles to share with each other: a double ikat/geringsing piece from Bali, Korean folding cloth/bojagi, a cut and pieced cloth from India, a purse made from potola/double ikat cloth from India, a jacket fashioned from Indian kantha cloth, a celebratory ikat cloth featuring the Dutch queen from Sumba, and a pre-Columbian Huari (500 – 800 AD) head band from Peru.

Durshi Zoberi brought a miscellaneous collection of interesting textiles from India and other countries to sell with proceeds going to charity.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

Winter 2018 Program with City-Wide Couture

On January 27, 2018, the City-Wide Couture Group of Atlanta presented beautiful and educational program to TASA about couture techniques and fashions. The program opened with CWC co-leader, Lisa Milam, giving an explanation and history of  “couture” and “haute couture.”

Six members of the couture group shared their personal hand-crafted couture fashions: stunning and unique examples of coats, jackets, dresses, pants and blouses.  The presenters explained the intricacies and attention to detail important in creating the pieces including information about seaming, lining, pocket and zipper design, fabric piecing and fabric selection, embellishment, fitting and finishing.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin