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Creators’ Corner: Rosa Chang

Meet Rosa!

Rosa Sung Ji Chang 장성지 is a Korean-born visual artist, natural indigo dyer, and storyteller based in New York and Baltimore. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and the School of Visual Arts, New York, Rosa has had work exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Paula Cooper Gallery, among many others.

In her debut picture book, My Indigo World, Rosa uses lavish mixed-media art including watercolor painting and hand-dyed textiles to pay tribute to the science and art of growing the indigo plant and making indigo dye. Woven throughout is a poetic tribute to the color blue, Chang’s favorite since her girlhood in Korea, and an appreciation of the indigo plant as a valued source of blue dye in cultures around the world.

Some of Rosa’s Favorite Things

Rosa finds daily inspiration in creating art and engaging with the BIPOC community whose businesses she supports. Here are some artists’ tools and businesses she loves.

“The amazing Mungyo’s gallery soft oil pastel set. I used them to create concept sketches.”

“For shading, I used an indigo color of the Prismacolor premier colored pencil on the top of the watercolor washed painting on paper.”

“Growing some Indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) in your garden this spring! They are not only for dyeing fabrics, but also one of the best nitrogen fixing plants! Get some seeds at a Baltimore based natural dye lab & urban garden Blue Light Junction.”

“Brewing a fresh cup of coffee in the morning is my daily ritual habit before I start a day. A bag of Ardi Ethiopian coffee beans from OneDo Coffee & Rosters must be stocked in my pantry!”

“Tulsi body butter is a game changer for minor joint pains, chronic pain from Arthritis, and even for moisturizing your body skin; Melandated Medicinals provide online herbalism classes as well.”

“La Loupe’s well hand-crafted pendant lamps create a relaxing ambiance in your own space.”