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Spin Off Summer 2018 Digital Edition

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Spin Off Summer 2018 is all about local color and the myriad of hues that you can find right beneath your feet. Locally available natural dyes, the color of fiber, and changes in water pH (from acidic to alkaline) can yield a rainbow of colors, sometimes with unexpected results. Even in the drabbest places, you can find a new hue.

Kimber Baldwin explores how water pH plays a key role in the dyeing (and undyeing) process. Glenna Dean talks about sustainable practices for collecting lichens (the beautiful little organisms that form on rocks and trees) and extracting chemicals from certain species to be used as dyes. Gayle Vallence tells the history of woad, provides tips for its cultivation in a dye garden, and shares how to obtain the many colorful hues it offers–beyond blue.

You don’t have to look much further than your own back yard to find new hues, and you don’t have to look any further than Spin Off Summer 2018 for articles, projects, and tips on local color!

Author/Designer: Spin Off Editors