I’ve been captive to the indigo lime/fructose vat lately. It’s been an interest since reading about Michael Garcia’s 1-2-3 vat in different blogs. Explorations would have waited until later in the spring, but as I’m participating in Glennis Dolce’s workshop, it seemed as good a time as any.
So far, results have been unexpected, somewhat disappointing but hold promise. My products have been far too pale. It may be my approach. I can’t be sure, but I also don’t want to keep making up more and more vats. The two vats going now have potential, so I think I’ll struggle along with them for a while.
In the meantime, I was able to use one vat to dye threads to a kind of pale grey (over dyeing threads in kakishibu), needed for a piece I’m working on. I couldn’t have achieved that as well with a stronger vat.
There are some appealing implications with this fructose vat and one is that it would work well with elementary age students (thinking of my class this summer). I also think they would like it.