Bernardin Shengzhu

Textiles / Mixed Media

Hometown: Torrington, CT

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Shengzhu Bernardin started learning the art of dying patterned fabric at the age of 7 while still in her native China. She combines plant dye extracted from Blue Grass Indigo plants with wine and other ingredients to create a rich indo blue.

Shengzhu (her name means ‘Shining Pearl’) dyes and imprints cotton fabric with New England nautical-themed patterns such as boats, seashells and ropes. This process is very time consuming since each piece of fabric may be dyed more than 10 times to reach the desired shade of blue. She uses the fabric to make handbags of various styles and sizes, tablecloths, coasters and other items.

Stop by True Blue Collection’s booth at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and get a close look at her beautiful indigo blue bags and other items.