Unique Places To Save to Hold Indigo Workshop Featuring Award-Winning Artist Caroline Harper
In addition to fields filled with blueberries and elderberries, as well as dozens of boxes in one of the area’s largest herb gardens, Honeysuckle Farm has also proven to be fertile ground for growing indigo, the ancient plant that produces stunning blue dye. On September 30, we are thrilled to have award-winning indigo expert Caroline Harper offer a workshop on the farm, teaching attendees all about indigo and how to dye with it.
Harper, the wife of Unique Places To Save Executive Director David Harper, launched her company, CHI design indigo, in 2014. Harper produces a line of natural fiber textiles for home décor and fashion accessories, all hand-dyed with natural indigo she grows and processes in South Carolina. Harper sells her goods at annual craft shows, her online boutique, and via Amazon Handmade, in addition to small boutiques and galleries across the Carolinas.
Harper’s work has been recognized by Amazon Handmade, Garden & Gun magazine, Crafty Feast South Carolina, and Apparel magazine.
In addition to producing indigo fashion and décor, Harper shares her passion for indigo and other natural dyes by hosting workshops, like the one hosted by Unique Places To Save, for students of various skill levels. Her hope is to revive the culture of indigo in South Carolina and beyond, through education and production experiences. Harper is a founding board member of the nonprofit International Center for Indigo Culture.
Bringing her Farm-to-Fabric workshop to Orange County, Harper will teach participants how to make dye directly from fresh leaves harvested at Honeysuckle Farm. After making the dye, each person will dye a cotton/silk scarf to take home, while learning about the history, processes, and future of indigo in the Carolinas.
“The team at Unique Places To Save is thrilled to have Caroline join us at Honeysuckle Farm for one of her fascinating indigo workshops,” said David Harper. “Those who join us will not be disappointed. Dyeing textiles from a plant you just harvested can be a powerful and transformative experience for people. Caroline is a master who shares her expertise openly with others so they can develop their own skills with natural dyes.”
“While we love hosting people to enjoy the more obvious fruits of our farm,” said Associate Director Christina Vad, “Caroline’s visit will show how we engage the land for beautification of our lives through plants like indigo. This will be a real treat for our members and the general public alike.”
For more information and to register, visit www.uniqueplacestosave.org/indigo.