Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo

 

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Produced & Directed by Mary Lance
Documentary: 79 minutes Released: 2011

Closed Captioned

DVD: ISBN: 978-1-878917-17-1
Prices: Home Video: $29.95 Classroom/Institution: $99.00

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What is indigo? It is a blue dye that has been in use worldwide for millennia; a vibrant color laden with symbolic meaning; a commodity that was once central to international trade and colonial economies; and the reason blue jeans are blue.

BLUE ALCHEMY is a feature length documentary that explores the history and reveals the beauty and importance of indigo, weaving together stories about textiles and culture and interviews with artists, artisans, and historians.

BLUE ALCHEMY is also about remarkable people around the globe who are using indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, and bring beauty to the world. The processes of making indigo dye from plants and of dyeing with indigo are described.

Major Funding: Patricia McFate; Avenir Foundation; The Coby Foundation.

Film Festivals: 

  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington, DC, 2013
  • International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal 2012
  • Virginia Film Festival, 2012
  • St. John's International Women's Film Festival, 2012
  • Silver City Film Festival, 2011 (Audience Award).

Selected Screenings:  (For more information, see News and Events page).

  • International Shibori Symposium (10iss), Oaxaca, Mexico, November, 2016
  • Awakening IV: Indigo, Enough Pie, Charleston, SC, June 4, 2016
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum, May 20, 2016
  • Thai Textile Society, Bangkok, May 14, 2016
  • Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, March 12, 2016
  • The George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia, August 9 - 31, 2014
  • Charles B. Wang Center, SUNY Stony Brook, NY, March - July, 2014
  • SUTRA Textiles Studies, Kolkata, India, February 18, 2014
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, December 6, 2013.
  • Albuquerque Oasis, November 12, 2013.
  • Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Suite 1, Los Angeles, CA November 11, 2013.
  • Plants of the Southwest, Santa Fe, NM October 19, 2013
  • Central Michigan University, Cultural and Global Studies film series, October 3rd, 2013.
  • Denver Art Museum, June 22, 2013
  • Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, March 23, 2013
  • Astro 3 Theatre, Marysville, Kansas, January 8, 12, 15, 22, and 29, 2013
  • Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, October 26, 2012
  • International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska, October 19, 2012
  • Maiwa Textile Symposium, Vancouver, BC, October 10, 2012
  • Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, October 6, 2012
  • Textile Society of America biennial symposium, Washington, DC, September 19th & 20th, 2012
  • Avenir Museum, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO, September 20, 2012
  • Upstate Films, Rhinebeck and Woodstock, NY, September 15 & 16, 2012
  • McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX,  June 21, 2012
  • The Screen, Santa Fe, NM, April 26, 2012
  • Las Aranas Spinners & Weavers Guild, April 24, 2012
  • London College of Fashion, UK, March 12, 2012
  • Devon Guild of Craftsmen, UK, March 10, 2012
  • The Ebenezer Chapel, Somerset, UK, March 9, 2012
  • Bath Literature Festival, UK, March 9, 2012
  • Colour Group, UK, at City University, London, March 7, 2012
  • San Antonio Museum of Art, Mays Symposium, February 4, 2012
  • Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, January 7-8, 2012
  • KiMo Theater, Albuquerque, NM, August 7, 2011
  • Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM, August 6, 2011 (a benefit for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market)
  • International Symposium on Natural Dyes (ISEND2011), La Rochelle, France, May, 2011

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    Artist Hiroyuki Shindo in his studio, photo by Mary Lance

    Artist Hiroyuki Shindo in his studio, photo by Mary Lance

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    Indigo dyers at Nike Centre, Oshogbo, Nigeria, photo by Mary Lance

    Indigo dyers at Nike Centre, Oshogbo, Nigeria, photo by Mary Lance

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    Shooting in indigo field, El Salvador, photo by Mary Lance

    Shooting in indigo field, El Salvador, photo by Mary Lance

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    Pans of indigo dyestuff near Rangpur, Bangladesh, photo by Mary Lance

    Pans of indigo dyestuff near Rangpur, Bangladesh, photo by Mary Lance

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    Indigo workers, Tamil Nadu, India, photo by Mary Lance

    Indigo workers, Tamil Nadu, India, photo by Mary Lance