Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary

Thanks for checking in. I am a fiber artist. My current emphasis is on eco printing and other wildcraft with a touch of up-cycling thrown in. You can also catch up with me on Facebook at Drye Goods Studio.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Report from the Backyard

"If we built houses the way we build software, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization."
Clifford Stoll

Can you tell I have been spending way too much time filling out online forms, surveys, and not to mention online financial stuff? And let me tell you how much I enjoy listening to a lovely recorded message about whatever I am calling about can be found on the callee's website. That would be the one I am staring at, and have been staring at-and clicking endlessly on-for the last half hour. BTW, I have no idea who Mr. Stoll is, but he seems a very wise man.

The backyard keeps me grounded. Watching what plants are coming back to life, keeping track of the birds and their goings on remind me that there is a bigger world out there. They just deal with whatever they are dealing with and then there is the next moment and the next and the next. The Flicker is busy trying to find a mate. I have start calling him Ruddy the Riveter. The other day he started out on the furnace vent pipe on the barn, taping away. Today, even in the blustery wind we are having, he was at it again on the peak of the barn roof. All these are metal structures, he is not looking for a meal. He is looking for a partner. He is say "Look at me!" "Pick me-I am the best!" in his rat-a-tat sort of way. He needs to find the substrate that will make the loudest sound so the girl of his dreams will come along and claim him. Kind of like applying for grants, but I digress.

So, since getting a decent picture of this is impossible, I asked a dear friend to send me one of her paintings. Her name is Linnea Tobias and her work is wonderful. So bright and beautiful, and in a lot of cases thought provoking as well. You can see many of her lovely works on her Etsy site and when the Pottery Place Plus opens up again you can see them in person.

Flicker with Dahlia by Linnea Tobias
I have been putting eco printing on my Etsy shop, and adding new buttons every day, be sure to check back often-Thanks!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Decision Made! Well...Maybe, I Don't Know, Let's See What Happens

"This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it."
Dorothy Parker


"What fresh hell is this?"
Also credited to Dorothy Parker

There is not much eco printing going on since it is still pretty cold and the plants are keeping their heads down, as are we all at this point. I have been spending so much stressful time on the computer, that by the time I get around to this blog I am worn out and haven't been keeping up with it. Here is an update of life in semi-isolation.

Adding things to my Etsy site, next week's task is to explore other selling options. If nothing else, by the time this is over I will have a much better online presence. With everyone at home, and finances uncertain, I don't expect tons of sales, but at least I will get a lot of things done I should have been doing all along. Thanks to all who have been buying, even small purchases help a lot.

These two images are of a series of works regarding the effect of textile production. The series is called "Unraveling: The Effect of Fabric on our Environment, our Culture, and our Health". Or some such thing. It is scheduled to show in September. I will be writing more about it over the spring and summer. The top image is for a piece called Worry Dolls, regarding child labor (yes, this is still, unfortunately, "a thing") and the bottom is about what happens to first world clothes when they are dumped on the third world. If you donated clothing labels, this is where the lion's share of them went. Still trying to decide on that screaming pink thing dead center in the middle-may have to de-emphasize that.

 Life around the house goes on as normal.

Lots of wandering around, both in the yard and over to the river and back. 

Mr. Man is getting ready for gardening season. His health is good, we are trying to keep it that way by staying home. I am learning all kinds of new digital web skills because of this! (imagine frowny face here)

Buddha excels at self isolation.
Anyway, needless to say, I don't know what will happen with the show season or my intended class schedule. With no crystal ball it is hard to tell. Galleries, like the Pottery Place Plus and Essential Art will eventually open again and classes can be put together at the last minute, while not ideal, it is possible. The art fairs are another matter. Are they being held, is it worth the expenditure during a year like this, are all questions with no answers at the moment. 

I want to thank my friends and local art community for all the help thus far, you guys are the best!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Grrrr..... Rant Ahead

Ok, I have had it up to my eyeballs with this. I had to remove the "Contact Me" from this blog as it had turned into the Great Spam Blasting Machine. I am researching whether it is possible to put some sort of bot filter on that widget in order to bring it back, but that info is not easy to find. The crappy people of the world screw it up for the rest of us. On the other hand enough people must respond to that junk to make it worth it to them, but they are making my life difficult. So, if you would like to contact me you can either sign up to receive the posts by email (no, this is not a ploy to increase my following-I am p*ssed!) and reply to that with your requests to be on my mailing list etc., or sad to say, message the page on Facebook. Yes, Messenger is very spammy also, but I do respond to every legitimate message on Drye Goods Studio-the filters seem to be better on pages than profiles BTW. You can try Instagram direct message, but I get more junk through that than I can count and tend to ignore it as it is full of all kinds of idiots proposing that if I just pay them $9.99 a month I will be featured on their Instagram and I will be drowning in buckets of money by next Friday. If they were that big a star they would not need to DM me, I would be chasing after them, just sayin'.

I am so sorry about this, I know a lot of people don't want to deal with FB, but I don't know what else to do. If you have a business card my full contact is on that. Some of it was getting pretty creepy not to mention that when the influx is so bad gmail starts throwing it in the spam folder (this is a Google Blog, afterall) that tells you about the volume.

I haven't been eco printing much, just lots of sewing. While I love sewing, I think it is like watching paint dry and haven't come up with any interesting post ideas-but new posts will be coming soon-I promise!

This is demon kitty, and I am not afraid to use her! Changing the sheets is a three Band-aid job-she is ferocious! Too bad there isn't a digital way to let her respond to spam!!!

Thursday, January 16, 2020


The first month of the year,
A perfect time to start all over again,
Changing energies and deserting old moods,
New Beginnings, new attitudes."
Charmaine J. Forde

I had planned to turn these tank tops into shopping bags by sewing the bottoms shut-but now I may wear them! 

Working on fabric for some landscapes I am making. I ran out of long pieces so I just threw in a little a bit and that, rolled them up and hauled them out to my stove-only slipped on the ice once!

This is what I mean by a little of this and that; cracked leaves out of the miscellaneous leaves box, St. John's Wort flowers, and whatever dried tree catkins were left in that box. I love the freedom in making random pieces of fabric, I lose that urge to "design" and learn so much from the serendipity of it. I also sometimes end up with pieces I can't make myself cut into, so I have learned to make lots of them! 

This is a piece of cotton canvas from a session a few days ago. I had "abused" it in several different ways (coffee dye after rusted nails and I can't remember what else) so I was really surprised that the onion skins (that would be the mass across the top of the picture) printed green. I figured they might end up almost black.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Floating Along

"That bit between Christmas and New Year where you don't know what day it is, who you are, or what you're supposed to be doing."
Seen on Facebook

I love this time of year. It is kind of "floaty". Yes, technically the days in between aren't holidays, but the two celebrations are so close together it seems silly to do anything really serious with them. Even when I worked retail it had that sort of feel. The Christmas rush was over but there were still too many customers in the store to start getting ready to take inventory. In the way back machine, when my kids were at home we would use this time for movies and other things that there wasn't any time for during the school year. We just kind of floated along. I have been taking walks and puttering in the studio. Puttering differs from actual working in that it is perfectly acceptable to pick up one thing, mess with it for awhile and then move on to either a snack, a nap, or another project. There has been some half-hearted cleaning going on. Yesterday I decided to haul out various scrap piles and start sorting by light, medium, and dark for a planned landscape. I got distracted by the abstract patterns in the prints and had to take a few pictures.

Willow Herb with rusted nails.

Filbert leaf and rusted nails.

As to what plants, your guess is as good as mine, but I loved the watercolor effect!

Iron blanket, the oval shape is Japanese Butterbur.

The green is knapweed, the purply leaves are probably blackberry. This is one of those pieces of fabric I just take out and look at periodically, I don't think I will ever be able to cut it up and make anything out of it.

Today I went to the Norman Rockwell exhibit at The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.  They also had one about Mount St. Helens blowing its cork in 1980 and a lovely textile display. My husband has been playing with his Christmas present, The Instant Pot (at our house he gets the kitchen gifts and I get stuff from Home Depot-it all works out). We had some very tasty chicken last night and this evening he is making some sort of ham and bean concoction with the leftover Christmas ham.

Have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Snow Dayz

"Snow is covering us. Close your eyes and dream. This is one story. There will be another."
Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods

Unlike a lot of my artist brethren I tend to shut down at this time of year. I have no interest in running around pelmel in order to get that last sale in during The Commerce, I mean, Christmas season. I did about 20 years in retail and can't say that I enjoyed one winter season ever. It was appalling. I can't be sure if it was because it was so busy, so much emphasis on acquiring, or if it is just that while I enjoy four seasons, my body and mind tend to feel that this is the time of rest and being in the mall for many 12 hour days in a row is anything but. Not to mention that left to my own devices I am a pathological introvert and that is just too many people for me to deal with all at once. You would think I would have a better attitude since this has not been one of my better years financially. But I also take to heart the saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. So, I choose to use the down time to ponder what changes need to made.  I was encouraged by my Etsy sales and the summer shows and I am grateful to everyone that supported me. I feel the need to do over the blog, it has been awhile since I have done that and I don't take advantage of all the things it offers. In the meantime, it isn't like I have been laying on the couch for days on end either.

I have been working on a series that at this point is being called "Unraveling: The effect of the garment industry on our health, culture, and the environment." (subject to change). I picked up this old style projector at Art Salvage in order to enlarge drawings onto fabric itself or to make paper patterns. Having no AV cart and joints and muscles that will only bend so far for so long I had to improvise-the history of art comes in handy for so many things!

Today we woke up to snow, since the temperature is to remain above freezing and the rain will begin this afternoon I decided to go out and take some snaps while it was still enchanting.

A favorite piece of garden art made from a pitchfork and bike chains, among other things.

Brick patio on winter break.

Siberian Iris pods wearing snow hats. I didn't pick them this year as I have so many saved already. I would like to learn electro forming and do something with them some day.

We brought the porch cat inside for the winter as she had developed a sneeze. She has turned into a pretty good little house mate- uses the litter box and hasn't seen any reason to climb the Christmas tree so far. Here she is trying to sneak out to kill a few birds for a midday snack. Sorry darling, the cold and wet might bring back your sniffles and needless to say the birds are enjoying your confinement.

If I don't see you before then, Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Passing Seasons

"Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Fall passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance."
Yoko Ono

The very early frost this year made for some really interesting color and pattern.