My way of expressing telluric (relating to the earth, terrestrial) thought is through using indigo dye, as it is plant based. One of the most wonderful things about indigo however is that despite its direct links to cycles of nature in cultivating the indigo plants, is the fact to be used as a dye it requires human intervention. Indigo actually has to undergo a double chemical process in order to become soluble for dyeing. And so, this beautiful blue, used for over 6000 years, all around the world, with a range of cultural associations, only comes about through a collaboration between plants and humans. It’s use spans botany, chemistry, magic, cultural identity, medicine, folk beliefs, handicrafts, and slave trade. People across the globe from Peru, Africa, the Middle East, to China and Japan, independent of each other, uncovered through endeavour and curiosity this complex process. It presents an example of a connection that adds value and meaning to lives. Magic!