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.

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!