Archives: May 2014

In the forest

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We’ve headed North for the long weekend- to the forest where our dear friends live and to a house called “Smokey Belles”. There’s a sailor that lives there, so I thought it would be just right to bring her one of our Russian Striped Shirts, the same one that Russian Sailors have worn for a century. We’ll be hunting for sticks to make into arrows, sorting through antiques to put in our new space, and feasting on foraged treats from the forest floor. Spring has arrived late up here, and lilacs are everywhere! Hopefully it will warm up enough this weekend to take a dip in this beautiful river that’s right next to the house. Stay tuned for more forest pics and stories! Happy Memorial Day weekend from LDBA!

brooklyn rooftop indigo!

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Yep, it was pretty dreamy: LDBA held an indigo class on the rooftop of ISA restaurant in Brooklyn- (thanks ISA!). Isa was also the name of our dye master, (the famous Isa Rodrigues from TAC), and we even had a lovely student in class named Isa! Among the dream-catchers, thunderstorms and the lilacs, we learned process, techniques, and history of indigo dyeing- the same knowledge passed down through generations! The class was an all-star cast of creatives and they produced some incredible results.

The next indigo dye class will be coming soon- we’re sorting it out now, but it will be very special, and yes, the class will include champagne and a rooftop- (hint: a private rooftop with a pool!) Stay tuned!

Thank you to all the mamas!

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Photographs by Hazel Kiesewetter.
Let’s celebrate all the Mamas this week! We love you and we love your kiddos. Thank you for letting us hang out, and play, and laugh. We look forward to doing more!  XOXO LDBA LOVES MAMAS!

Indigo class this weekend

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Instructor: Isa Rodiguez
Date: MAY 10th, 2014
Lecture Fee: $120 (includes materials fee and a glass of champagne) $75 for kids
Class Size: 20 people
Time: 3:00-6:00 pm (or until class completion)
Location: ISA’s creative space, 348 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, 11211
NEW DYE TECHNIQUE! ALL NATURAL Mini shibori workshop. Bring your white or light colored clothing and dye it blue the way it’s been done for centuries! Isa Rodriguez is a founder of the Textile Arts Center who loves dying things blue. Using an Indigo/fructose and Pickling Lime bath, you will learn how to prepare the recipe from scratch in your own home. Also we will learn the history, technique, and benefits of Indigo dye. Some shibori and boro basics will be covered, including stitching, clamping, pole wrapping, and repeat dying. Class time: 3 hours.
Takeaways: Your natural, indigo dyed belongings, recipes and techniques to continue on your own!

Desert Bound, and then spring blues.

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We are heading south(west) for a few days to soak up the sunshine and blue skies of New Mexico. We will be hunting and gathering of course: stay tuned for baskets, sage, blankets, crystals, turquoise and other treasures from this magical land.
We’ll be thinking a lot about our summer camps too. Sign up for Session 2 of LDBA/NYC Day Camp, where we explore space and nature, play chess, dominoes and enjoy this beautiful city we live in.

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When we get back we’ll head right into Indigo Class on Saturday, MAY 10! There is still room to sign up and you can do so right HERE. Don’t miss this special dyeing class happening at ISA restaurant in Williamsburg. We’ll be dyeing things blue in their dreamy upstairs space while we sip champagne and get witchy.
And finally there’s the famous LDBA Farm Camp coming up in July! There is still room in the second session for your little farmer/adventurer to join! Sign up HERE.