on green, part two

So far, the only plant material that I’ve found to consistently make a good green is chill’ka. Chill’ka is a sticky plant that grows all over the mountain side in the Sacred Valley of Peru. By adding different minerals you can change its hue. In Peru, the mineral is called Colpe. Each one has a different result. So far, I have not found a source that is similar here- or a plant that I can order to grow in my house in Minnesota. I searched extensively after my return. Luckily- I have good friends sending me some. I eagerly await a box from Peru with two dried kilos of the material. I am curious to see how it hold up when dry and how I will use it. Like many dye materials, it feel so precious as I only have so much. Below is chill’ka results:

Another way to make green is by overdyeing. It is basic color theory, blue + yellow make green. So, to create green, I need to make two different dye baths. Tansy is just starting to bloom which makes a terrific yellow. It is an evasive plant that I usually harvest from the train tracks near my house. The smell of tansy like many dye materials is distinct. It’s slightly citric and earthy at the same time. Here are my results with over dyeing tansy and indigo to create green:

Emily Donovan