What I Work With
Cochineal (the little dried bugs) directly from a 5 family farming co-op in Peru who grows the Nopal cacti and harvests the little critters, so it is fresher, stronger, and less expensive than ever before! Organic too, as they use absolutely no chemicals.
Indigo is one of the oldest known dyes, dating back to 300 BC. Through proper extraction, indigo plant can produce a spectrum of blue hues, ranging from light to deep midnight blues.
Logwood abundantly growing legume tree native to the Caribbean, logwood can produce a range of colors, from a very pale purple to true black. The dye comes from the bark of the tree, which is wild drafted and harvested sustainably.
Madder – Rubia tinctorium and Rubia cordifolia. Madder is one of the oldest dyestuffs known. Madder roots have been used as a dye for over 5,000 years. Archaeologists have found traces of madder in linen in Tutankhamen’s tomb (1350 BC), and in wool discovered in Norse burial groundsIt is most frequently used to produce turkey reds, mulberry, orange-red, terracotta, and in combination with other dyes and dyeing procedures can yield crimson, purple, rust, browns, and near black. The primary dye components are alizarin and munjistin which are found in the roots.
Art Clay Silver is manufactured using recycled and reclaimed silver; the percentage of recycled silver within these products is 100%. Aida, the Japanese manufacturer of Art Clay products, is a metals reclamation company – that is all they do. The silver is from athletic wear, eyeglasses, photography supplies, industrial sources, utensils and of course from silver jewelry that has been turned in for reclamation. Not only can your mark your clay .999, but can claim that it is created from recycled and reclaimed silver!That means no extra silver has been mined for our creations, conserving the land and water resources of the affected silver mining areas.