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.