The Merchant's Dive and The Palm Dyer is a 16mm film about dyeing, not in the 6 feet under sense but rather in the 'hey your pants are blue and your shirt is taupe' sense and how did it get that way sense; and in reply, from a deep alcove in Brooklyn, a tree-covered shack emits the sound of an overflowing kettle filled with indigo and carpenter’s grass.
The 3 minute film was screened at varying intervals underneath the stars and over the flames of fire. Inside the Perfect Nothing Catalog (where the film was shot) a sweat lodge (steamy fabric installation) with accompanying keyboard music by Dan Riley.
Credits: Ice Dye (opening shot) by Cat Lauigan, Brass Jewelry by Alex Wolkowicz, The Perfect Nothing Catalog by Frank Traynor16mm film still
Exterior of The Perfect Nothing Catalog16mm film still
Sand, Glass Bottles, Magic Floating Hat, and Juicer16mm film still
Carpenter's Grass, Indigo Vat, Fabric16mm film still
Colored Smoke, Rust Dyed Fabrics