The dyes I use that are closest to my heart are from the plants that grow here where I live. I feel that when I use these plant dyes I am fully embracing the sense of this place. It is a hidden beauty that emerges when the essence and color of these plants, which grow on this soil, are combined with the fiber that is also grown here and are of this soil. Terroir is a term that describes something that is fully influenced by where you are.
To round out a quiet palette produced by these plants, I use other natural dyes, as well as low impact acid dyes. Either way, they are not “of this place,” but rather an intention or partner with the natural, undyed fiber, or of my local palette.