this spring i was lucky enough to attend international symposium of natural dyes in la rochelle, france. it was an amazing meeting of chemists, artists, craftspeople, and leaders from all around the world working to preserve and protect natural dye traditions while finding new meaning and beauty of color in our modern world. there will be lots of upcoming posts on the conference, but for now i'd like to share some snaps from our field trip to the museum of maritime medicine in rochefort, france. at the museum we saw a beautiful collection of plants, collected on sea voyages and used for medicine. the museum was a cabinet of curiosities just waiting to be photographed.
botanical illustrations of woad.
an old drawing of a dye atelier in action.
bottles of medicinal herbs