History of indigo textiles talk set

Indigo textile artist Darius Homayounpour will discuss the history of indigo dyeing across cultures at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

The free program at the Art Garage at 689 Beaver Meadow Road, outside Cooperstown, is part of the high summer show, Indigo plus BLUE. The gallery will open at 4:30 p.m. the day of the talk. Reservations are recommended. Textile and weaving expert Rabbit Goody will lead the discussion. Both attended Bennington College.

Homayounpour is a veteran instructor of indigo workshops. He is known in textile circles for his presentation of indigo textiles as fine art: a number of his decorative wall pieces are featured in the Main Gallery of the Art Garage on view through Aug. 10.  He has recently permanently moved to the area.

Goody is an expert in the research, design and production of vintage textiles and is known for producing historically accurate textiles for Hollywood films. She produced the shawl Daniel Day Lewis wore as Lincoln in the film by the same name. Gallery guests are encouraged to park on the lawns, not on the town road. To make reservations, please call 607-547-5327, text 315-941-9607 or email leartgarage@gmail.com.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Homayounpour has long interpreted historic textile forms and structures using various methods and materials, including handmade paper, hand-woven cloth and shibori. He was the assistant to the curator of textiles at the Honolulu Museum of Art from 1996 to 2010. He continues to serve as a textile conservator consultant. He regularly teaches shibori and indigo dyeing across the country. He will offer an indigo dyeing class in his studio outside Cooperstown on Friday, Aug. 9, as part of the show, and a demonstration on July 25. Those who wish to attend should register for the events via the Art Garage.