This Friday, I am going to share a little bit about my favorite color, Indigo. Indigo, is not just a beautiful color, it also has a rich history. From trade, to cultural significance, and dying techniques, it is truly a color at has roots across the globe. It is no surprise why I often use this color in design and in my art.
A Little BAckground
Unfortunately, you can't discuss the significance of Indigo, without exploring the dark history of its connection to slavery. The cultivation and trade of Indigo played a huge role in the use of slavery in nearly every place is was grown and made. However, with that came a rich history of dyeing techniques, cultural significance, and symbolism. From Africa, India, Japan, and even the Americas, every place developed techniques textiles that are truly beautifully unique and culturally significant. Like a phoenix, rising through the ashes, indigo dyes rose from a darkness creating a path of beauty, richness, and eventually freedom.
Indigo Textiles Across the Globe
My Favorite Books about Indigo
If you want to learn a little more about Indigo, here are some great books. These are some of my favorite books. It really is fascinating to learn about the historical significance of color. Click the book image to learn more about each one.
I love the use of the color Indigo in Interior Design. From textiles, to pottery, to wallpaper, it is such a beautiful vibrant color that can be used to add stunning contrast to a room.
In my Art
In almost every piece of art I create, I use Indigo. No matter what medium. When teaching art classes, I often encourage my students to use Indigo, rather than black. It adds so much more depth and stunning contrast in a piece. It can be lightened to create rich blue tones, and darkened to get very deep dramatic tones.
The use of contrast in fabrics, paintings, and interiors can be the unifying element that truly adds the magic. Why not choose to infuse a color with such richness into the things around you. That is why Indigo, is my favorite color and at the top of my list of favorite things!
Ellie McIntosh, grew up as a creative thinker. Inspired by her father, a furniture designer an inventor and musician, she took the path to creativity. Her artistic journey has taken her as far as France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Germany, Morocco, and many places throughout the United States and Mexico, where she utilized various