An Indigo Summer

Author(s) Ellie Evelyn Orrell

Language: English

Genre(s): Art and Music, Biography, Welsh Interest

  • October 2022 · 168 pages ·216x135mm

  • · Hardback - 9781915279071
  • · eBook - epub - 9781915279095
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781915279101

About The Book

‘There is a certain feeling – standing between rows of richly dyed blue cloth – that you are within an enclave of protection, that within this ocean you can feel calm; a separation from the outside world.’

One summer, a mother and daughter are reunited in the small village of Betws Gwerful Goch in North Wales following the death of a father and grandfather. Ellie returned from studying at university, while Jeanette had been studying the art of indigo dyeing in Japan. In this lyrical memoir, Ellie Evelyn Orrell transports readers to their hillside garden, reflecting on a summer spent learning to work with indigo, and witnessing the power of creativity in moments of mourning and recovery. In it, she weaves together stories of resettling in a once-familiar landscape; the healing powers of art; the historical, mythological and present day properties of indigo; and the presence of this indelible colour within the Welsh landscape.

An Indigo Summer is an absorbing meditation on art, rural life and roots, grief, creativity and the artistic process.


“Both an insightful meditation on homecoming and a testament to art’s healing properties—complete with occasional sketches and photographs— Orrell’s dazzling debut is as rich as indigo itself. Fans of Krista Tippett and Katherine May will be enthralled.” – Publishers Weekly

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Ellie Evelyn Orrell

Ellie Evelyn Orrell is an artist and designer who has written for Santes Dwynwen, Our Isles, and the Arts Council of Wales among other publications. She splits her time between Wales and London.

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