[Products from Bleu de Lectoure.]
Selvedge, issue 41, takes an in depth look at the plant-based blue dyes and pigments known as indigo in the east and woad in the west. Some of the interesting resources highlighted by the magazine include Bleu de Pastel de Lectoure and The Academy of Arts and Sciences of Woad.
After doing some exploration of my own, I noticed that woad specialist Denise Lambert is scheduled to visit California's French General in the fall. Although her October Woad Workshop is currently sold out, you can click here to see images from a previous event and here for a podcast with Lambert. Above are two fun items I spotted in the Bleu de Lectoure shop. For woad in the movies, check out 1997's The Serpent's Kiss.
Selvedge also reports that the British Museum is releasing this summer a new edition of Jenny Balfour-Paul's Indigo: From Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans. (More on Balfour-Paul here.) And in other textile news, the magazine is offering illustrators an opportunity to be published. As part of the Fabric Swatch competition, editors ask that you choose an unusual textile and illustrate it. Details and past examples can be found on page 83 of issue 41. The deadline is September 30, 2011.