Meet Annabella Sardelis of Indigo & Snow.
I am multidisciplinary artist and designer whose working mediums include calligraphy, natural dyes and textiles. I am best known for my work with natural indigo, snow-dyeing techniques and zero waste practices. Born in the Midwest, I was raised to be a forager. It began with fruit that I gathered with my parents to make pies and evolved over the years. In my late twenties, I began to forage for medicinal herbs with my husband, who is a trained herbalist. As a textile artist I began to incorporate foraging for local color into my practice several years ago, to see what local color looks like.
As a longtime textile artist and surface design instructor, my focus has been working with both synthetic and natural dyes. I create wearable art, mostly apparel and accessories, as well as hand-dyed and painted yardage for fashion and interior designers through my line INDIGO & SNOW. Due to the labor intensive and lengthy process of foraging for color and preparing natural dye vats to extract the botanical color, I have not chosen to make this work commercially available in the form of wearable art.
Until now, I have chosen not to create pieces that exist on walls. My focus aesthetically has been on creating functional items, and seeing the beauty in utility. I believe that Foraged will reach a wider audience if it is in a gallery space, and not limited to the closet of a private residence. This work is about more than foraged local color; it is about people slowing down and connecting to place. Using these materials in a series of works that can be exhibited at a site where people can then connect to nature, and see some of the same plants we are using in the creation of these pieces, encourages a deeper engagement with the natural world.