Growing Color

Medieval tapestries, Scottish tartans, Chinese silks, Turkish carpets, British redcoats, Cherokee baskets. Prior to 1856, these objects – in fact all textiles – were dyed with sources derived from plants and animals. As the industrial revolution prospered in the mid-1800s, synthetic dyes started to develop and soon replaced traditional sources …

Growing Color: Natural Dyes from Plants

There is a growing demand for natural dyes for use in the textile, cosmetic and food industries. This conference is for professionals in the farming, herb and textile industries and anyone interested in the fascinating history and potential of natural plant-based dyes. The symposium is hosted by The North Carolina …

Fall Color and Green Peanut Butter

The wonder of fall color in the natural world can be scientifically explained, but sometimes a story is the best way to describe and remember this annual phenomenon. The story told to my daughters, who are now 24 and 27, goes something like this: “Daddy,” she says, “tell me a …

Uncovering the Spirit of Artist Elizabeth Ellison

For more than 30 years, artist Elizabeth Ellison has exhibited and sold widely throughout the United States, focusing on acrylic, oil, watercolor, clay and mixed media. Utilizing both traditional and oriental techniques – and frequently employing American Indian motifs – Ellison depicts the varied wildflowers, animals, human inhabitants and landscapes …