Grateful to share Jane’s art and philosophy today on Design Sponge. I met Jane through a mutual friend recently and was fascinated by her natural dye house. Jane has founded the only natural dye production house in America… Noon Design Studio.
Image above: This is the table in my dye room. We have our old little trusty scale there, along with some madder roots. Madder roots were cultivated in India almost 4 thousand years ago to make a rich red or orange color. We use them in the same way as they did then. One of my favorite madder recipes calls for soaking the fabric in castor oil and letting the dew at night draw the oil into the fibers, and the sun during the day to dry it and fix it. After we repeat that process 3 or 4 times over a couple weeks time, we use the madder roots to create a fiery, glowing red color
Image above: The components to our indigo dye kit. Each kit comes with all needed dyes and auxiliaries, instructions with shibori ideas, one pair of gloves and rubber bands. The dyes are packed in dissolvable paper to eliminate waste, and the shibori wrapper can be reused for wrapping or anything else. Available for purchase here.
Image above: A noon design studio blanket dyed with madder root and cochineal. This was a collaboration for Commune Design in Los Angeles.
In its current form, the practice known as Noon Design Studio has been around for about two and a half years. I still have the philosophy that everything we make here should be able to be buried in the back yard and create nutrients for other living things. If it’s possible, why not?
I highly recommend reading the full interview here…her process is really interesting as well as inspiring.