Waterways to Waterways Edition
On June 22, 2019, the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion: Waterways to Waterways Edition brought together a group of international and local artists to focus on projects that connect the regenerative efforts for the Cuyahoga to global waterways.
Praxis is proud to contribute to this city wide event by creating three 60′ banners made entirely of fabric dyed with the Natural Indigo we have grown in our Natural Dye Garden. The finished banners hung from the Detroit Bridge during the 50th anniversary summer celebration. Each of our Creative Fusion Fellows designed a banner and Praxis staff worked with the residents of Cleveland to execute their visions. During 10 public workshops across the city of Cleveland, residents dyed the fabric and volunteers sewed them together.
UPDATE: THANK YOU!!!! We estimate approximately 1,300 people from across the city of Cleveland and beyond helped to create these magnificent banners. They hung for a total of 4 days from the Detroit./Superior Bridge, best viewable from Settlers Landing Park. While we battled the rain and wind, we feel this project could not have been more successful! We are grateful to have connected with so many of you and made our contribution to an amazing celebration in Cleveland.
Indigo is the oldest known natural dye; discovered in India, there is evidence of Indigo in Egyptian tombs. This makes Indigo the most permanent and long-lasting natural dye. Many cultures have their own uses for Indigo but in the United States you will find the color mostly in denim. The history of Indigo in the United States goes back to it origins, including a complex relationship with slavery. Indigo came to the US from Africa during slavery and was one of the first plantation cash crops. With this project, we wish to educate our diverse neighborhoods about Indigo’s important role in the history of our country.
In most cases, natural Indigo has been replaced with a synthetic version. The synthetic dyes are terrible for the environment, because they use harmful chemicals that are rinsed over and over again and disposed directly into our world’s water sources. The indigo dye grown at Praxis is chemical free and no harmful waste occurs as a result of using the dye.
Please visit our natural indigo garden!