Workshop: Mysterious, Magical, and Medicinal – The Power Of Indigo by artist and educator Kelly Reedy

Over the centuries, indigo has been seen as having mysterious, magical, and medicinal powers. Starting with the highly secretive process of preparing the indigo plant to produce a fermented dye bath, to its use in warding off evil spirits, and finally to its preference as an antiseptic, indigo has fascinated and been prized by many people across cultures. This workshop explores how indigo is cultivated, processed, and used in sacred and everyday rituals. Participants will get to experience the magic of dipping organic textiles into the dye bath and watch the colour turn from yellow to blue. They will have the opportunity to try several methods of shibori, a Japanese tie-dye technique, to create unique patterns on their cloth. At the end of the workshop, a small amulet or pin will be made from the indigo samples giving a sense of protection and visual pleasure through the beautiful and powerful blues produced by indigo.

Developed for participants aged 13 and above. Participation fee includes material costs.

Venue: NTU CCA Singapore, The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443

This workshop is by paid registration only. No walk-ins allowed.


Kelly Reedy (United States/Singapore) has worked in Singapore for over 18 years as an artist and educator. She holds a BFA in Fine Art (University of Wisconsin, 1985), and MA in Education (Hunter College, 1991), MA in Art Therapy (LASALLE College of the Arts, 2017). She has exhibited her artworks internationally in Paris, Chicago, and Berlin, as well as locally at Jendela Visual Arts Space, Esplanade, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, and Alliance Française. Reedy has developed educational resources for the National Gallery Singapore and trained teachers at the National Institute of Education, specialising in visual arts education in museums and galleries.

Image credits: Kelly Reedy Studio, Waterfall, 2018, naturally dyed indigo on silk. Courtesy the artist.
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Sun Aug 19, 2018
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SGT
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Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks Singapore
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore