FROM THIS EPISODE
Jennifer Parry Dodge has brought tie-dyeing into the digital age, while continuing a regional tradition of coloring with natural indigo and cochineal, a dye made from insects who feast on prickly pear fruits. Alissa Walker reports. Plus, Matt Holzman reports on the “Never Built” Elysian Park Heights housing by Richard Neutra that crumbled on red-baiting, unfamiliar accents and fears of a community being destroyed.
In early June KCRW DJ (Design Journalist) Alissa Walker attended CAMP, a business conference for creatives held at a summer camp in Big Bear, California. Alissa met Jennifer at her at her studio in Highland Park – layered with the bright colors and psychedelic textures of both completed pieces and works-in-progress – and talked to her about what inspires her, her detour into nursing, and the “wabi sabi” effects of using natural indigo dye, made from a plant that produces those brilliant blues, cochineal, a dye made from insects who feast on prickly pear fruits, resulting in a dazzling pink color.
KCRW’s Matt Holzman has been going behind the scenes to report on some of the projects in the exhibit and why they never got built. One was a huge housing project designed by Austrian émigré Richard Neutra, that was intended for Elysian Park and is now the site of Dodger Stadium. He tells the story of how red-baiting, unfamiliar accents and fears of a community being destroyed conspired to defeat an ideal of decent public housing.