mobile color laboratory: a natural pigment + dye garden

where does color come from?
how can we grow, harvest, and create our own natural dyes in the in-between spaces of neither here nor there?
can plants successfully grow on a mobile surface?
what types of colors can we harvest from plants grown in the willamette valley? 

the mobile pigment and dye garden is an experiment aimed at asking and answering both the specific and ambiguous questions
about natural color, plants, and mobility. 

instructions on building your own mobile color laboratory: print-on-demand publication available here

what is the mobile color laboratory?

exploration of the intersection of art + horticulture + community engagement
negotiation with a formal gallery space
experimentation with the potential of color
absorption + dispersion of knowledge through conversations
creation of accessibility through mobility
a dream. of the world we can live in. if we would like to. 

the mobile color laboratory is a garden of plants grown for their natural dyes on a converted bicycle trailer. a few examples of dye plants include sunflowers, dahlias, and marigolds; these flowers produce color that can be simmered out of the plant matter and used to both protein (wool + silk) and cellulose (cotton + linen) materials. the dye plants are pulled by bicycle on a re-used trailer with added floor, walls, foldout greenhouse, toolbox, irrigation, soil, and plants.

workshops about natural color, seminars about soils and the chemistry of color, and garden tours began at the completion of the physical garden in the spring of 2017. the mobile color lab is a place for open experimentation with color, idea generation about the potential of the natural world, and engagement with each of the senses.

mobile color lab model no. 1. digital rendition. madelaine corbin. 2016