I am sorry to announce I will not be attending the Corvallis Oregon show due to my husband's health. I was so looking forward to it and I wish the show organizers and participating artists a wonderful weekend.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
"Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them."
|Trying out carrier blankets, used to add mordants and dyes to eco prints, I haven't a clue as to what I am doing, but once I figure out it you will be the first to know! I see the beginnings of minty green, so it won't be all bad whatever happens.|
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
"It is a big world, full of things that steal your breath away and fill your belly with fire...but where you go when you leave isn't as important as where you go when you come home."
Lindsay Eagar, Hour of the Bees
|While the cat's away, the mouse did a lot of canning!|
|Teaching is so much fun, I learn so much. Student's questions and their approach to the process always gives me new perspective.|
|One bad thing to come back to-the smoke. Apparently this is the new normal for August in Eastern Washington.|
|Considering the heat and the smoke, the garden did well while I was gone. This particular bloom is a lesson in appreciating what you get. It was supposed to be dark burgundy, but it sure does glow in the evening light.|
|Ahhhh, to be back in my studio again! These bundles are done with random and somewhat wilted leftovers from the two classes I taught, in a week or so we will see what I ended up with.|
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
"The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see."
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Off to the Anacortes Arts Festival, this weekend, booth 812W and The Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival August 11th and 12th, booth 179. Come by and see what I have been up to!
Thursday, July 26, 2018
"Particularly with the blues, it's not just about bad times. It's about healing the spirit."
|A little oak leaf hiding amongst the Hollyhock.|
|On the left, the main print (bottom of the leaf), on the right, the echo. I love the hollyhock on the left, almost photographic.|
|Sumac floating over rusted nails with a little bit of black locust for some green.|
|Another oak leaf, this one turned plum by its hollyhock neighbors.|
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
In this case however, it may not be a bad thing. In natural dyeing there is a process called "saddening" and it can be an interesting experiment. I had some scarves that while they had nice clear prints, weren't all that exciting colorwise. I decided to do some dye experiments with them and ended up using the iron pot as an adjunct, or modifier. Exposing a previously dyed fiber to iron is called "saddening" as it grays out, or darkens the original color.
|I made a dye pot by first pouring boiling water over the leaves and let them sit overnight. The next day I simmered (not boiled) the leaves for about an hour. Boiling can sometimes make all your color disappear.|
|This scarf turned a gray/green, it really added the right touch to what was a mass of brown prints.|
|This scarf had onion skin in it to begin with so the exposure to the iron made those a bit more golden and again the background is a subtle grayish green.|