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“Just feeling black and blue.” An exploration of Indigo and African surface design on handmade paper.

All artist go through a blue period, whether from depression or searching for an ethereal feeling, the depth of its color, to the feel the mood that blue evokes. And this is my exploration of the blues.

The blues run through my soul like my DNA my blue black skin glistening in the sunlight. As I stand on the auction block sold in to slavery for my knowledge of a plant and its deep blue color.

Indigo, known as the “Bluest of Blues” and the world’s most valued pigment, is nature’s rarest color. Derived from the Indigofera plant, Indigo is important in many spiritual and cultural aspects.

Indigo has been the foundation of centuries-old textile traditions throughout West Africa. In West African culture, Indigo symbolizes sacred associations. White is considered a connotation of serenity, insight and age, whereas blue evokes balanced brightness, richness and depth. The combination of blue and white

Paper is such a simple, utilitarian, everyday material. It begins with plant fibers cooked mashed and beaten in water, then scooped and poured, and left to dry. Most of us give it little thought as we use it every day.

And yet, in the hands of an artists, it is transformed, into works of art and wearable creations.

“Just feeling black and blue.”

 

 

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