A Innovation From Indigo, Series 3 of 3

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Harsh dyes are so 2013. Today’s fabric is often ordinary, cheap in quality and mass-produced with synthetic dyes. Sarah Bellos, the founder of Stony Creek Colors, is educating the world on the damage caused by synthetic dying practices, and how to replace them with natural, alternative indigo dye. Indigo is a non-edible plant used to make natural dyes for nearly everything from blue jeans to couch cushions and potentially even hair dye. Natural indigo is benign to humans, however, toxic chemicals can be absorbed through the skin after prolonged exposure to manufactured, synthetic dyes creating an endless amount of harmful possibilities. The danger of synthetic dyes extend far beyond a rash; fabricated dyes can cause dizziness, fatigue and even lack of learning skills in children. Upon production of synthetic dyes, inventors knew they contained disastrous chemicals such as dioxin, a known hormone disruptor, as well as chrome, copper and zinc, which fall into the category of carcinogens. You also can’t rule out the poisonous formaldehyde used in production of synthetic dyes. In addition to being a poison to humans, factory fires are also common when producing synthetic indigo dyes. Workers can suffer from several strains of cancerous tumors, as well as lung disease, and are 40 times more likely to fall victim to a terminal disease than the average population. It’s simple, I want to create a healthier more vibrant world. – Sarah Bellos Production of these harsh chemicals are eventually introduced to our lifeline—water. Fabrics are dipped in water…

The Resurrection of Indigo, Series 2 of 3

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Illustrations and story by Olivia Mamou The more we learn about the things we buy, we can not help but be shocked at what has become common assaults against nature, from our cleaning products to the food we eat. Despite harmful conditions perpetuated by the pursuit of profits, a growing number of individuals still want to make the world into a more safe, clean and environmentally responsible place to live. Many consumers are seeking opportunities to decrease their carbon footprint, but are not aware of the extraordinary efforts some are making in our own neighborhoods. Now, there is a new way to make a difference in the most American way, with our blue jeans! The production of synthetic indigo, used to dye our blue jeans (among other garments), is polluting the waterways of the earth. It darkens river water, starving portions of the ecosystem of precious sunlight and oxygen. Until recently, 100 percent of the dye used in our blue jeans was not made in the United States. Two countries have emerged as leaders in the market for synthetic indigo, China and Germany. One of the reasons this substance is not manufactured here is the cost of fusing coal tar with the toxic chemicals used in the process of synthetic dyes. Additionally, extreme working conditions to create the dye causes several cancers, cerebral vascular disease and lung conditions in workers. A 2007 report by CNN revealed high levels of toxic chemicals in babies and young children after wearing garments containing synthetic indigo. Interestingly,…

Stony Creek Colors Dye-ing to Make The World a Better Place, Series 1 of 3

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Illustration and Story by Chelsa Schoonover The mission statementStony Creek Colors, a new startup natural dye company, is “Create a healthier and more vibrant world.” Founded by a bright, powerful and young  entrepreneur, Sarah Bellos. For such a challenging task, how does one even hope to begin? For Bellos and her team, it was focusing in on one aspect of the situation at a time, and not getting overwhelmed by the overall goal. The first objective of change is cleaning up the fashion industry. Indigo serves as the base for every blue product on the market, no matter the hue or intensity of color. The manufacturing of clothing items is universal, all following the exact same process, no matter what dye is being used, and that’s where the difference between synthetic and natural dyes comes in. If dyes end up in the garments in the exact same way, then why not opt for a more clean and healthier-based dye?  The tides have been changing in the food industry on consumers wanting to know what they’re putting in their bodies and where it comes from; the fashion industry is quickly following suit. It is well known in the fashion industry that the toxicity of textiles and the byproducts they create harm the earth.  The largest component in the issue is synthetic Indigo. The process to make Indigo synthetically in a lab or factory is both potentially explosive, as well as extremely volatile to the environment. The ingredients are known carcinogens: Benzene, Arsenic and Cyanide. Synthetic by-products…

Learning How to Create a Comic Book!

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Starting with brainstorming session in Sequential Illustration II, Instructor Hugh Shelton lead a 15-student team through the development and creation of Threshold, a 48-page comic containing a 32-page story written, sketched, inked and colored by his Comic Class. Unveiling details of the alien planet, Vidrolas, it’s three moons and the two-star binary system iis located in was one of the first concepts generated by class. Creation of the planet was followed by creating archetypes including the Hero, the Mentor, the Shadow, the Herald and the Trickster, just a few of the characters and themes highlighted in the comic novel. Using the 12 Stages of Joseph’s Campbell’s Hero Monomyth to explain the process of the Hero’s journey, students were fully immersed in creating this comic during their 15-week semester. A comprehensive description of the planet helped set the stage for Eden Nox, the Hero, to unravel his story. Imagine a harsh environment with extreme temperatures ranging from desert hot to extreme cold. Vidrolas is made of a crystal that is harvested to help advance technology of the planet’s floating cities.  Nox is a gritty protagonist seeking revenge on the Company. The class’s first weeks focused on the developing story, naming the characters and constructing locations for their scenes CLICK THE BELOW PICTURE TO ACTIVATE THE GIF “Once the characters, locations, vehicles, and creatures were developed, the story virtually wrote itself,” said Shelton. By week four, the script was finished and the illustrating process began. Shelton divided students into three teams of five, each…

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