Yesterday I received a phone call from Schiffer Publications – the publisher of Joy’s and my upcoming natural dye book.
I am sorry to report that the release date, originally projected for the end of October, has been delayed until late January.
Why the delay?
Schiffer is taking great pains to be sure that all color reproduction is exact and precise. The book is illustrated with photos of actual samples from my dye tests. Our goal was to share some of the hundreds of samples that I have done, comparing the use of different mordants, tannins, dye treatments, times in the dyebath, etc. Many of the variations are subtle – but the differences are important.
Careful color adjustments have been made to the digital images in Art & Science of Natural Dye to ensure that the dye colors reproduce as accurately as possible through the print process. Color proofs are reviewed and compared to the actual dye samples as part of this process.
Yes, it will be delayed, but the color will be the best possible printed reproduction and I’m very happy about that. It’s good to be working with a publisher that really cares about these “small” details – they are really not small at all. Below is just a small hint of what will be included.
I know that many of you have pre-ordered the book and are anxiously awaiting it. Joy and I appreciate the vote of confidence and are sorry for the delay.
I can suggest a great thing to do while you’re waiting:
Yesterday, on a long drive back home from New England, I finally had the chance to listen to a lecture given by Michel Garcia and available as a Maiwa Podcast. It’s title is Field Notes in the Color Garden, parts 1 & 2. It’s a long, wonderful, rambling lecture that Michel gave in 2015 and Maiwa uploaded as a podcast this year. It has given me much to think about in regards to dye plants, resource books, investigation, and the human scale of natural dye.
And keep dyeing!
It’s still less than a year since Joy and I turned in the manuscript and images to the publisher. My learning has not stopped and once the book is released, I look forward to sharing some of the things I’ve continued to work on and learn about since we sent the manuscript away. “Stay tuned”.