Indigo Vat Research Support Guild

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Date(s) - 21/09/2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Are you new to Indigo or Woad vats and feeling a little nervous and intimidated? So are we!

 Join Sharon Kallis ( EartHand Gleaners Society) and Ivy Stovall (Rewild Portland) for this online research and support group as we learn and share together.

Ivy is taking on making a sig vat( urine) and Sharon is focusing on the simple 123 process (sugar method). Catherine Shapiro will be our special guest and mentor sharing her own experiences of growing indigo and extracting colour for vats and pigments.

Once a month we will share our work to date, set intentions for the next month and do hand work while we exchange ideas, tricks, tips, successes and challenges. A slack channel as a communication tool will be an open space for ongoing group sharing  between meetings.

Participants will need their own fresh or dried indigo or woad, internet access and a device with a camera/screen to participate. As this is a two-organization, border-crossing offering, we ask American participants to take a space through Rewild Portland, and Canadians register through EartHand. When ReWild Portland spaces are full, Americans can select a remaining EartHand space (EartHand has more space to allow the Canadian mentorship honoraria).

Guaranteed to be a fantastic time of engaging conversations and in-the-moment learning for all!

Dates: third Tuesday of the month 7-9pm, 3 sessions Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16

Group Hosts:

Ivy Stovall (she/her) delights in the abundance, patterns, and chaos of the natural world and of humanity. So it makes sense that three years into a Biology degree, she flipped majors and earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of West Florida. Her broad education prepared her perfectly for her work in outdoor education, which she began as a 4H camp naturalist, teaching outdoor skills and elementary and middle school science curriculum in the field. Since then she has taught high and low ropes challenge courses, ESL at all grade levels, and developed a North Portland homeschool co-op and independent art, adventure, and theater camps for kids in her community. These days she lives and works at The MudHut Kulturhaus, her St. Johns urban permaculture homestead, where she shares her enthusiasm for outdoor living and hosts camps, workshops, skillshares, music and theater, women’s groups, and community celebrations and ritual. She likes to always be harvesting and keeps her hands busy making herbal medicines, homebrews and fermentations, botanical inks, dyes and pigments, wild foods, basketry, and natural building. Always a student and always a teacher, Ivy enjoys contributing to and learning from the passionate people of the Rewild Portland community.

Many Rewild kids have learned fire and knife skills around The MudHut fire pit and know Ivy as the Echoes in Time kids’ camp coordinator. Ivy loves the creativity, curiosity, and wildness of young people and is dedicated to the work of building healthy intergenerational communities connected to and through the natural world.

Sharon Kallis (she/her, they/them) is a community engaged environmental artist and committed life long learner. Learning while teaching- and teaching while learning – Sharon partners with ecologists, gardeners, weavers and others with an interest in linking traditional hand technologies to what we can grow, gather and glean in our urban green spaces.

This ‘one mile diet’ approach to sourcing art materials has led to experiments in bioremediation through the up-purposing of invasive plants and park design with planting choices that foster community connection back to place, the seasons and our shared pre-industry cultural traditions.

Graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1996 Sharon began working materials from the land in 1999 and has exhibited and engaged communities with her practice in Ireland, Spain, Mexico and throughout the United States.

At home on the west coast of Canada, she is the founding executive director of EartHand Gleaners Society. She has worked extensively with Vancouver Park Board since 2008 and is the primary steward for two urban learning gardens where materials for creative production are grown. Somehow Sharon also manages to make a few items for personal use with the skills and materials she has gathered along the way. Traditional textiles are at the core of her work, with stinging nettle research dating back to 2008 and growing flax for linen in city parks since 2012. Sharon is doing her own cultural work through cloth and is working to be a better ancestor while living as an uninvited guest on the unceded land of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations. 


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