Nicolas and I met working at a restaurant called Eat Your Vegetables. Little did I know back then that I’d be eating so many of his vegetables and eventually even painting them, on organic T- shirts. I started out just painting one for each farmer, asking them to each pick their favorite vegetable. I ended up with 15 designs. The farmers that work at the Morningside Market have been wearing their shirts every Saturday morning for a few weeks. Today I sent a chart with pictures of all of the designs so that if a customer wants to buy one, they can pick their vegetable. The pictures are very small. For anyone who felt the need of a magnifying glass to see them, here they are bigger: In the meantime, while researching how to dye a tablecloth, I discovered the magical world of natural dyes through an amazing Australian woman named India Flint. She wrote the book Eco Colour. It is changing my life. Growing a dying garden, as well as using many of the flowers, trees and vegetables that we already grow, I intend to spend every free moment soaking cottons and silks in pots of color. In order to grow beautiful blues and reds, I’ll be farming – planting Indigo and Madder.
I’m feeling more grateful than ever to be the farmer’s wife.