BETTY DE PARIS
Betty de Paris is an artist who is fascinated by colors from natural dyeing.
Her personality shines through in her works where the accuracy with which she applies dye is reflected in the quality of her art.
Betty de Paris also works as a scientific consultant for museums’ projects and environmental projects, where her ecological approach, pragmatic and realistic, is highly regarded. She learns her crafts during several journeys in Asia and with a Japanese indigo master. She complemented this knowledge with in-depth studies in Ethno-Botanics and the history of dyeing techniques.
Now able to produce in France indigo compost as good as the Japanese one, reducing her CO2 foot print.
Betty de Paris
IG : bettydeparis
Born in Japan. She received a foundation in art and pursued training in sculpture in Tokyo.
Moved to Paris, and she studied clothing-making skills there at l’Ecole de la chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne.
Working in the fashion field, she also travels to various countries around the world and gets inspired by different local cultures.
She uses natural and unrefined raw materials that are difficult to handle such as soil, minerals, metals, and plants for her artworks, especially through daily fashion motifs such as clothes and shoes.
IG : xingzi_tz
Natural dyeing project
This natural dyeing project for ECOLE DE CURIOSITES 2023 Spring-Summer collection is realized in the atelier of Betty de Paris in the framework of the collaborative project with Betty de Paris and Xingzi with the support of Paris city encouraging the important traditional craft arts in Paris.
Colors that are dyed by plants make harmony between them even though they are different colors from each other.
That is because a plant has a variety of dyes inside of it besides its main dye, which is more complex than a chemical dye that have just one pigment.
All of these components resonated with each other and make that harmony.
Even if we use the same dye recipe, the color doesn't come out identically. It is like a piece of music from the same score, but never the same when played each time being still recognizable.
In old times, people believed that a plant that could dye had also medicinal components, so wearing color was related to wearing the effects of the plant.
Nowadays we know that it is scientifically true and many dyeing plants are also used for their medicinal effects.
We take a color of a tree or a plant with water heated by fire, and we use metal which is water-soluble for fixing the color (mordant), everything of them returns to earth and earth feeds a tree again.
This cycle is related to the five elements; Fire, Water, Earth, Tree, and Metal, which are the foundation of human life in oriental culture.
A natural-dyed color has a multi-dimensional depth by overlaying of organic complexity of the plant, its process, and time, like nature itself.
To provide these colors, we dye all by hand one step at a time by oriental traditional methods but also, make several experimental tests in our atelier referring to recent scientific research in this field so that we can work in the way that fits the times and the place that we live in.