Along with growing beautiful organic produce, the upper garden was also used to produce plants that can be used to make natural dyes! Indigo, cosmos, sunflowers, and coreopsis were all grown for use by local artist Sarah Gotowka. Sarah used these plants to dye fabrics and fibers for artistic purposes. By processing the flowers and leaves of each plant under specific conditions, Gotowka can extract the plant’s pigments for her work. By altering the pH levels of the plant concoctions, and using mordants the dyes can be manipulated as desired by the artist.
Check out Sarah’s work (and the fruit of our garden labors) on Sarah’s website! http://www.saagoto.com