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Rogue Territory Keep the Trade Alive Hand-Dyed Indigo Posters


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Ben Deter

Concept: Ben Deter, Karl Thoennessen
Design: Ben Deter
Production: Ben Deter, Adam Selcke, Chris Mitchell



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There is a lot of risk and DIY labor behind these posters created with batik dyeing — a manual wax-resist dyeing technique typically used on fabrics — in which the artist applies a design with wax to prevent dye from penetrating the paper — leaving “blank” areas in the dyed material. Ben Deter chose Japanese kazoo paper — a strong and absorbent, but also thin and translucent paper made from vegetable fibers — for its characteristic uneven texture and the reference to Japanese source materials used in Rogue Territory’s products. Each poster is hand-dyed with indigo to complete the reference to the client’s denim and create these enchanting blue ice tones. 



Rogue Territory

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Production Time

3 Weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

16 × 25.5 in

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Japanese Kozo Paper

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This piece is available for purchase for $85

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I teamed up with LA based clothing brand, Rogue Territory to introduce their first indigo-dyed poster as part of their Keep The Trade Alive: Artist Series. Each poster, made of delicate yet “slubby” Japanese kozo paper, is hand-dyed in indigo using a Batik dying method and soy wax. I used this amazing paper to tie back into the Japanese denim used in many of Rogue Territory's products. The result is a poster with a rough texture and high quality feel, yet delicate and soft at the same time.

Production Lesson(s)

Without every actually having done the Batik dyeing process I wasn't really sure what I was in for. I tried to work methodically and in stages so I could complete the tasks that I knew wouldn't affect the outcome of the piece. This benefitted me in many ways but I had no idea how long it would take to paint each of these posters with the soy wax. The soy wax is actually a really great media to "paint" with but you need to make sure you apply it evenly and sparingly because if you apply too much at once it spreads and you are left with fat, ugly letters. The other issue was actually dyeing the posters. You can't leave the vat of indigo exposed to the air for too long or the color quality of the indigo starts to deteriorate. This forced me to work rather quickly and without time for experimentation. When this particular paper is dipped in water it  becomes very fragile and starts to tear easily. To account for this we had to dip them one at a time and then let each one dry and dip them again if necessary.”

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Duncan Robertson

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

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February 6, 2014


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