Maybe it’s just me…

but recently, of course, as indigo becomes more noticed (not unlike shibori) in the general mainstream media-in fashion, in art, in department stores, in wal-mart and beyond- you start seeing more things like this.

indigo before

Now most of you know I am not the Hollywood type (even though I live near LA- the LB being LA’s stepchild of sorts) so something like this will never be in my future but I wondered about it since it was popping up in my Google alerts.  Being a Founder and Creative Director myself (of my own life), I wondered.

I wondered how one can cram so many hippy hop cool things into one ultra coolio trend setty project?  I also wondered what statement is being made by advocating the shutting down of nuclear reactors while growing indigo hydroponically indoors under artificial lights ( no mention of solar generated power here) when plenty of free sunshine is readily available right outside the door.

What is the connection and significance of surfing, indigo, hydroponics (we are reminded-we are not talking about pot growing here!), SanO (watch out long time SanO surfers-a new invasion is on the horizon), Echo Park (hipster paradise), environmentalism,  heart, soul, handmade, new wave, artisan, vessels filled with knowledge, poetry, relationships, honest living and hard work, small farms and the big picture? Turning green into blue?  Or perhaps more clearly, blue into green.

“Artists, musicians- a.k.a. the collective consciousness”  really?  Let’s not take ourselves too seriously here.

indigo after cutting

It’s hard to come up with a better list of trend worthy words or topics to associate one’s self with. Then again, this is LA, and this is Southern California. A place where concept art and all of those things aforementioned are trend forecasted and rolled into one tidy bundle for our experiencing pleasure. Who said manufacturing has left the building in LA?

I’ve made a few waves in my time here, and I’m likely to make a few more. But I prefer a different approach to my work- a slower persistant approach that naturally begins from the center and moves outward, growing in gentle circles as it expands.

But now,  I have to go and spread out the first cutting of the indigo for drying and pack the car so I will be ready to go give an indigo workshop tomorrow for Debra’s kids at Artisun. More on that later.

indigo first harvest drying

29 thoughts on “Maybe it’s just me…

    1. shiborigirl Post author

      ha! just making a few distinctions…
      have a great show sensei richard…
      (i think the next 5 “New Waves” might include mandalas so be advised. get your grow lights ready…)

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  1. johnmarshall302

    Thanks, my thoughts exactly! An added danger is that when something like this becomes a fad, many small/medium size businesses pop up to support the demand. When the fad passes, many people/resources are left floundering and the very concept of indigo may appear passé for a time. The fact that indigo is being called the new green implies that the green movement itself is nothing but a style trend and not a concerted effort to improve our health and well over a very long period of time – a cultural shift, not a fashion shift.

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      thanks for popping in on this john-more good points on the subject. i see it as part of the new mediocrity-this anything goes for a buck in the moment mentality. where everything is GREAT! and anyone is an expert. what’s “hot”, what’s not. the constant churning. the never sitting still. i see lots of shibori classes being offered & lots of indigo classes. when i click to see the details i often will see where last month they were teaching scrapbooking or jewelry making. the attention span of our culture has shrunk considerably and with it the ability to discern or focus.
      on another related note- i saw an article earlier in the year out of the quilting industry where they were announcing that silk was a “trending” fabric. i sent it to maggie. she got a kick out of it.
      i recently told phil that i was going to be glad when shibori and indigo go out of fashion- then the real work can begin again.

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  2. Sacredcrocheter

    i really got a kick out of your indigo blog. i live in a remote area of AZ where we never heard of most of what you’re talking about. we just started recycling this year and there isn’t much to recycle since we have so little, we use almost all of what we have. Our town dump is affectionately referred to as walmart because that’s where we “shop”. Our population is 88% hispanic and the culture is based on family and enjoying life rather than materialism.
    i really love your blog and am glad there are still a few people in SoCal who adhere to “the old ways”!

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      i think i like your town…and yes, there are a few of us left here. we are considered anachronistic by local standards. we drive old cars (cars are a really big deal here-they define you!) cook at home, eat what we grow in the back yard, make our own jam from fruit off the trees and work for ourselves. we are getting older, along with our cars!

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      i don’t think that was a bedroom- looked like a massage table in a room. (massage…another “wave”). reminded me of when we (*thought* we) were cool in the late 70’s and wanted to change all our lightbulbs out for blacklights in our bedroom. everything old is new again.

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  3. Ms

    Seems to me that ‘fashion’ follows the money, money follows politics, and politics leads to empty dogmas. The plants simply don’t care one bit. They remain constant to their course, no matter the Woad wars with Indigo, the shifting fates of East or West, nor the private agendas of man. They say “I am that I am.”

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  4. clothheart

    I share your thoughts, Glennis! It’s the difference between “authentic connection to our earth-home and our community” and “the emperor has no clothes!”

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  5. indigogogirl

    Hi Shibori Girl! I think what Britt’s doing is great. Perhaps you missed the point – her hydroponic installation at The Standard, Hollywood was an art installation about WATER. Hence why she grew the indigo in water inside The Box. She cultivates her plants for her dye that she uses in her artwork the same way we all do – in the earth.
    Relax! There’s enough room in this world room for “hipsters” to grow indigo too! This is the big picture I think she is referring to! Let’s get into it!

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      you are absolutely right. i did miss the point. it was about WATER? if that is the case then this piece of conceptual art missed the mark. of course, this is only my opinion if, that is, we are still allowed to have opinions.

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  6. Ladysmith

    Sorry, Shibori Girl, but go easy. Your post feels very judgmental and self conscience. I agree with indigogogirl, there’s room for everyone! It’s an art installation.. celebrate it and relax!

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      so we are not allowed to have a personal view of something these days? to judge anything? to compare or question the validity of a work of art? what then is the point of conceptual art? for us all to just sit back and applaud and celebrate it without question? what has led us to this point?

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  7. Cassandra

    There’s room for everybody in this world to try and cultivate indigo. I’m inspired by Britt’s open mind to try something new.
    Relax, Shibori Girl! Everything is going to be just fine.

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      1. steelparade

        i’m inspired too. very inspired. inspired so much. inspired. did i mention i am inspired. it’s good when things inspire me. art is here to inspire me. i am inspired.

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  8. indiana

    well, there are folks in Europe using imported eucalyptus to make “ecoprints” in “ecologically sustainable dyeing” who don’t seem to see the irony of the importing [as opposed to locally harvested material] either

    it’s an interesting whirled.

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      that is pretty funny. i guess it is a mighty wind that blows from the au to the eu to carry windfall all that way – perhaps the jetstream…or the slipstream?

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  9. Sacredcrocheter

    This installation is about water? I think the artist’s message got lost somewhere in the “concept phase” of her project.

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  10. steelparade

    oh Shiborigirl, allow me to add some clarity to your thoughts…

    1. some people just like things that are trending. it’s trending, it’s trending, it’s trending!!! it really doesn’t matter what the subject may be…….as long as it is trending. this is good because it allow the person’s personal ego agenda to attach itself to something that is popular.

    2. how dare you actually voice a personal opinion that is not “hooray for everything” and “it’s art, therefore i must like it like the rest of the sheeple”. today’s movement is all about acceptance. if you give me a piece of sh*t and you call it a flower, then by-golly it’s the most beautiful smelling flower i’ve ever tasted. get it?

    3. conceptual art and ideas are never to be questioned, because then you are being “judgemental” and we never want to be that way…………next thing you know, you might actually start thinking critically. this sort of practice leads to differing opinions and having your own critical thoughts. this does NOT sit well with the current hipster-wanna-be practice where every illusion is great simply because i created it. don’t be a hater. please accept every non-authentic illusion and NEVER voice a differing opinion. that sort of thing died a few years ago, along with real talent and true developed craft and artisanship. please get in line…

    oh yea, did i mention……..it’s trending! it’s trending!! it’s trending!!!

    gotta go…….the surfs up and an unknown band playing some meek music in a homegrown organic vegetable garden for non-profit, and i must comb my ironic mustache before the last PBR is served and the band goes mainstream…

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  11. ken

    Britt doesn’t seem to know the difference between “collective conscience” (her words) and “collective consciousness”, even though The Standard does. Nor does Ladysmith. Sort of makes a nonsense of the attempt to intellectualise. Or am I daring to offer criticism?

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