“Until my hands turn blue” is a project that pays homage to the traditional indigo dyeing methods of Nigeria, showcasing the beauty of this older craft and the poetics of it. This practice was done by the Yoruba people of Nigeria and was called ‘Adire’ which means ‘to tie and dye’. It consists on using different resists methods on pieces of fabric then dipping it in a vat to attain these intricate white and blue patterns.
For this project, cotton fabric, water, dyeing kits and other tools were used as resist methods to achieve the patterns and shapes that are seen in this cloth book. Along with that, by using blue ink and lead type from letterpress, excerpts from Claire Polakoff book ‘Into Indigo’ from 1981 were added to give more context to the viewers about the significance of this artform.