Long Thread Podcast: Kenya Miles

Season 3, Episode 4: In fields tucked in the alleyways of Baltimore, Maryland, Kenya Miles and her colleagues at Hidden Harvest tend a sort of secret garden, growing fruits, vegetables... and natural dye plants.

Anne Merrow Aug 20, 2021 - 2 min read

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Kenya Miles balances farming, teaching, community-building, and her own artwork. Besides cultivating madder, indigo, and other botanical colors, she grows awareness of natural dyes, serving as an artist-in-residence at Maryland Institute College of Art and teaching workshops to aspiring dyers and farmers alike. Despite full days farming and teaching, she launched the ambitious Blue Light Junction in 2020 as a natural dye studio, alternative color lab, retail space, dye garden, and educational facility in central Baltimore.

She has a deep love of indigo (both the color and her son, who shares the name), but she also finds peace in growing naturally colored cotton and connection in the tannin/iron chemistry often known as mud dyeing. In this episode, she talks about her growing roots in Baltimore and her love of exploring the world.

Kenya authored "Tannin and Iron," a chapter in the new book Nature's Colorways published by Long Thread Media.

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Blue Light Junction website and Instagram

Hidden Harvest Farm

Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative