A film series and discussion forum dedicated to the science and practice of natural dyes and pigments using sustainable methods.
In September 2017, Slow Fiber Studios partnered with the University of California Botanical Garden (UCBG) to host a colloquium on the botanical taxonomy and phytochemistry of natural dyes with three leading experts: botanist and chemist Michel Garcia, UCBG Director of Collections and Research Dr. Vanessa Handley, and SFSU Chemistry and Biochemistry professor emeritus Dr. Margareta Séquin.
Michel Garcia expounded on chemotaxonomy, a system of biological classification based on structural similarities of chemical compounds. UCBG Director of Collections and Research, Dr. Vanessa Handley, discussed modern taxonomy and plant classification, a foundation which can help dyers explore questions of phytotaxonomy and select dyes based on their relationships. SFSU Chemistry and Biochemistry professor emeritus, Dr. Margareta Séquin, elaborated on the chemistry of plant pigments.
UCBG is a 34-acre garden that hosts over 10,000 types of plants with a mission to develop and maintain a diverse living collection, support teaching and worldwide research in plant biology, further the conservation of plant diversity, and promote public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment.