Eco Colour Book Review

13 Jan

Eco Colour by India Flint

Eco Colour by India Flint – botanical alchemy: exploring the endlessly variable world of plant colour

Book Review by Deb Prewitt

I recently received my own copy of this fabulous book! I had only glanced at a friend’s copy before, but knew I had to have my own copy! This is the type of book that you will want to have and keep for a long time. It is a wonderful reference book that you will go back to again and again. So many experiments to do!!!!

(From the book jacket) India Flint is a designer, artist, writer, and sheep farmer. Her work has been greatly influenced by her extensive travels – from Melbourne to rural Austria to Montreal. She is known for the development of the highly distinctive eco-print and ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process giving brilliant color to cloth. Flint has been working with plant dyes for more than 20 years, and she has artwork in a myriad of collections and museums in Australia, Latvia, and Germany.

First off, let me just say this book has luscious photographs to inspire you. India gives great instructions and information regarding her processes. She is concerned (as we all should be) about the toxins that are rampant in everything we use and wear. She is encouraging the use of natural plant dyes, as well as other nature sources (think about water and sunlight), to prepare and dye our fabric. She has incredible notes about the entire process. Some chapters from the book include: printing with plant dyes; solar dyeing; ice-flower dyes; the importance of water; mud and cow patties; etc. Just to pique your interest. She provides information on using mordants, hot extraction and cold extraction, using fruits and berries, using shibori techniques, resists, sustainable stencils, and did I mention beautiful photos?

For many of us, the natural processes outlined here will have great value and meaning. For others of us, the notion of using nature to create our own fabric to use in our projects will be the inspiring part. Either way, the book is interesting and beautiful and inspiring.

Eco Colour by India Flint is a hard-back book with 238 pgs. It is available on the Blue Twig studio website here.

9 Responses to “Eco Colour Book Review”

  1. Sonja Milojevic January 14, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    This book sounds to be a ‘must have’! It’s always good to use natural products and nature’s products as much as possible.


    • Deb Prewitt January 14, 2012 at 7:46 am #

      It is really interesting, and so much fun ideas to create your own cloth. It has months and months of experimentation to try out. I’m looking forward to doing a bunch of it. Just to see what happens.


  2. india January 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    thank you very much for the kind words!


    • Deb Prewitt January 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      Your welcome India, I’m glad you stopped by. I am truly enjoying your book.


  3. Mountain, Moon and Sea February 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Sounds really interesting. I’d love to see anything you make using these techniques. 🙂


    • Deb Prewitt February 10, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      I do need to post some of the experiments and results.


  4. kathy dailey April 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    So glad to find you in Pueblo.Look forward to classes and the resources you provide. I just need a push to get me started. I have The Artists way workbook. Do I also need the book?


    • Deb Prewitt April 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      Hi Kathy, thanks for stopping by. If you are going to follow along with the Artist’s Way book club group, you might need the actual book, not just the workbook. My understanding is that the workbook is really very condensed from the actual book and is really more of a place to do the exercises. Perhaps you can get the book from the library and see how it is different and whether or not you think you might need it. Let me know if you have any questions. Were you going to try to come to the discussion group or just follow along on the blog?



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