The great blue yonder, as well as its nether, is charted, explored in the documentary Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo, which is at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen as part of its ‘blue’ season.
Much as the history of indigo is fascinating, it’s perhaps the future of the colour and its creation which will pique a certain amount of interest -apparently people around the globe ‘are reviving indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, improve the environment, and bring beauty to the world’.
Director Mary Lance, whose trophy cabinet is straining under the awards she received for her documentary on Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal Art Projects during the US’s Great Depression, will be on hand for a Q&A session after the screening.
She’ll be joined by Jenny Balfour-Paul of Exeter University, a world expert on indigo and the social political world it inhabits.
Our suggestion for a sequel would be The Woad Less Travelled
The screening will be at Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey at 3.30pm, tickets are £7 (5). Check out the event on the Devon Guild of Craftsmen site and book in advance on 01626 8322233
Here’s the trailer: