“I try to design and produce wares in the spirit of the slow-food and punk movements,” says Jennifer Parry Dodge, who named her company after a great-aunt who encouraged her. “Keep it small, local, seasonal, fresh, and organic, and do it yourself.” Fittingly, Dodge dyed this collection of sheep’s-wool and alpaca blankets, scarves, and throws (intended to multitask as tablecloths and wall hangings) in the backyard of her L.A. studio.
L.A.-based Ashley Thayer “explores the alchemy of dyeing and the poetry of the loom.” She weaves natural fibers—cotton, linen, wool, and silk—on a floor loom and includes folds, wraps, stitching, and clamping in her dyeing arsenal. Her kitchen “looks like a science experiment gone south,” she says. These pieces, some tinted with red onion, avocado, and coffee, speak to her painting background and love of the ocean.
Rowland Ricketts begins with seeds. He uses traditional Japanese techniques to make his dye, or sukomo, from the leaves of homegrown indigo plants, and shibori and paste resists for his designs. “I strive to transfigure the energy of human endeavor expended on this dye,” he says, “so that its vitality lives on in the cloth.” Ricketts’s spent sukomo and indigo stems are returned to the field to feed future crops.