Om os (About)

Midgaards Have drives af mig, Astrid. Jeg er en ret systematisk naturfarver, og det skyldes nok min naturvidenskabelige baggrund!

Jeg er oprindeligt uddannet molekylærbiolog, og har nogle år levet af at rakke verden rundt til midlertidige forskerstillinger. Det har været sjovt og spændende, men nu er jeg landet i Danmark igen, og er i gang med at tage et sidefag i biologi for at blive lærer.

Jeg bruger nok en hel del af mine vågne timer på at tænke på naturfarvning. Mange med passion for naturfarvning “prøver sig bare lidt frem”. Det gør jeg selvfølgelig også, men mine eksperimenter er nok tit lidt mere systematiske – års træning i laboratoriet fornægter sig ikke! Desuden interesserer det mig også at grave lidt i kemien bag naturfarverne.

At få lidt teori bag gør for mig hele projektet meget mere interessant. Overraskelser er der stadig nok af, for de farver man opnår med naturfarvning er og bliver uforudsigelige.

The Garden of Midgaard is run by me, Astrid. I’m quite a systematic natural dyer. That, I’m sure, has to do with my background in science!

My original training is in molecular biology, and for some years, I made a living trekking the Globe (with my furniture) to take temporary positions in research. Those were fun years of learning, but now I’m finally back in Denmark. I am now supplementing my education with more biology to become a teacher.

A good proportion of my time is spent daydreaming about natural dyeing. Many with a passion for natural dyeing just “try out stuff”. So do I, of course, but my experimentation tends to be more systematic – years of lab training tend to do that! I also find it really interesting to dig a bit into the chemistry that underlies natural dyeing.

A bit of theory makes the whole enterprise of dyeing much more interesting to me. There’s still plenty of surprises – natural dyeing will always be unpredictable.

Midgaard

I nordisk mytologi er Midgaard der hvor vi mennesker lever. Men jeg tænker at det også kan betyde “lige her, her hvor jeg er, lige nu”. Og i den forstand synes jeg, at navnet passer til garnet, for det er lavet lige her hvor jeg er, og det ville ikke få lige præcis den farve det nu har, hvis det blev lavet noget andet sted. Vandet man bruger (både regn og fra hanen) påvirker nemlig den farve man opnår med naturfarver.

In Norse mythology, Midgaard is the part of the world where we humans live. The name has an added meaning for me, in my personal thinking it also means right here, where I am, right now. As such, the name fits my yarns, since they are made right here, and their specific color could not be achieved anywhere else since the water used (both rain and tap) influences the colors achieved in natural dyeing.

Hvorfor naturfarver? (Why Natural Dyes?)

De første årtusinder af menneskehedens historie var alle farvede tekstiler farvet med naturfarver. Farver var ikke så lette at få fat på, og tit var de for eliten. Det ændrede sig fundamentalt i 1856, da de første syntetiske farvestof blev lavet ud fra stoffer i olie.

Så hvorfor overhovedet bruge naturfarver, når vi har en hel regnbue af kemiske farver der både er lette at bruge, og har god lys- og vaskefasthed?

For det første, så tror jeg helhjerte på farver fra fornybare kilder – og det er det helt sikkert, når man bruger planter der alligvel bare gror, i skoven eller i vejkanten. Det er også tilfældet med farver fra dyr og lav, men så er den gave vi får (eller bestemmer os for at tage) fra naturen bare langt større. For det andet, så synes jeg simpelthen bare at naturfarver er smukkere. De gløder indefra på en måde, som syntetiske farver bare aldrig gør.

For the first millennia of human history, any color on textiles was natural. Colors were not easy to come by, so any splash of color was much longed for, and many times, it was for the elite. That all changed in 1856, when the first synthetic dye was made from chemicals found in oil.

So why even use natural dyes, when there exists such a range of chemical easy-to-use, wash and light fast colors? Well, first of all, I believe in colors from renewable sources – and that certainly is the case with any plant material that grows anyway, in a forest or by the side of the road. It’s also the case with animal and lichen dyes, although in that case, the gift that we receive from nature (or, decide to take) is a bigger one. Secondly, I think that living colors from natural dyes are simply more beautiful. They glow from within in a way that synthetic stuff just never does.

 

 

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