I've been getting things ready to take to Portland to teach at Art and Soul next week. Rusty metal, flowers, leaves for botanical dye printing. These are the types of botanicals we'll be using. I have my sister to gather for me in Oregon so I don't transport these over the borderline. It's always best to use local botanicals.
Last post Dec. 1, 2014 and now it's already February. A lot has happened since that post.
Sharon's workshop happened and it was wonderful. My sister Jan drove down from Oregon with Roxanne and took the workshop which was a pleasant surprise. My hubby cooked us fabulous dinners and we worked non stop creating lots of dyed fabrics!
I had a birthday and was thrown a party on New Year's eve for that and had big fun! Dinner, dancing and cake!
I've been to Tucson and back. Taught two classes at Art Retreat in the Desert and loved all my students and Barb Solemn and her family staff that puts this on. I wasn't very good at taking photos and the few I did take seem to have disappeared? Hmm, curious.
Sadly I had to cancel the Kauai retreat as I had only one sign up. I really wanted to host this but many of the people who encouraged me to put it together ended up not being able to come for various reasons. Perhaps it will happen in the future, time will tell.
I know I'm rushing here with a list of "done" but I don't know how else to catch up.
I'm teaching a class on Feb. 22 at A Work of Heart in San Jose where we will botanical and rust dye fabrics and paper. I'm planning to travel to Portland, Or. to teach the same techniques at Art & Soul in March. There are still openings in both these classes. If you're interested click the link to take you to the appropriate website.
In April I am going to have a booth space at Remnants of the Past. This is the first show of this type I will participate in. I have a good feeling about it. I'll be selling my upcycled clothing, dyed scarves and ribbon, vintage linens and trims, some vintage clothing and wearables such as gloves, hankies, etc. The show is in Pleasanton, CA. Friday April 24 and Saturday 25.
Yesterday when I arrived home from Tucson the wind was howling and rain was pouring so I wasn't able to unload my car until today. After doing that I felt creative and started pinning doilies on a couple of garments before I even unpacked all the stuff from the car that got piled up. You can imagine what the studio looks like? Well I'm not showing pics of that. lol!
I will show pics of the garments that I worked on. Remember this is the start, everything is pinned and subject to change.
It's nearing the end of the day so I need to go shut down the studio and turn off the lights. I'll start again tomorrow and maybe, just maybe I'll get things put away first.
Last year I had my
first opportunity to offer a shibori day at Lorri Scott's studio up on her
mountaintop near Los Gatos (Santa Cruz area) CA.The artists who experimented with shibori that day were so
excited they didn't want to leave, so I decided to come back for an encore! You
can come for one day or two to explore shibori pattern, color, and design on
several types of silk and also some cellulose fabrics (cotton, rayon, etc.)
There will be a small indigo vat to experiment with if you wish (weather
permitting). My focus will be color, discharge, and overdyeing color upon
color, using shibori patterns of arashi and mokume (pole wrapping), ori nui and
maki nui (stitching), itajime (fold and clamp), tesuji (rope wrap), finger
pleating, and several more. Absolute beginners are welcome, while experienced
shibori artists will be encouraged to dye, discharge, and overdye in order to
layer color and pattern in sophisticated designs. I am really looking forward
to this west coast workshop!
Come for one day
or two! Limit 8 participants per day.
Cost $100 per day
($75 studio teaching fee and $25 for materials and dyes, etc.) Sharon
Space is limited! Please email me if you plan to attend
Here's a link to my post from when Sharon was here last year giving a dye workshop.
It's a second dreary, rainy day and while rain is desperately needed and we're happy for it, it's still a rainy day and lends to contemplation.
My thoughts travel to the future art retreat in Kauai next spring with myself, Roxanne Evans Stout and Susan Wooldridge. Gathering Grace, Flight of Spirit is the title. We will be gathering together, gathering nature, gathering words, gathering experiences, fun, friends, laughter, and island magic.
I will be leading natural dye classes where we will gather leaves and flowers to dye with as well as rusted and iron items and indigo. We will bundle nature in fabrics and paper to steam, shibori dye fabrics, experiment with rusted metals on fabric, and other tie dye techniques. I've been dyeing fabrics for over 30 years (really longer but then I'm telling my age and I don't want to sound ancient). But I did start dyeing in high school, tie dyed t-shirts. I was honored several years ago to be part of a natural dye group that got invited to have five days of personal time with Michele Wipplinger in her studio in Seattle. We had to submit a proposal of what we wanted to learn. I chose to learn how to take natural dyes and create colors by mixing them. How to get black was the hardest but I was able to do that with Michele's guidance. Now I use natural dyes as well as fiber reactive dyes and acid dyes and sometimes pigment dyes. However, the retreat will focus on natural and botanical dyeing. We should have lots of sunshine in Kauai to focus on solar dyeing too!
I invited Roxanne and Susan to join me because I admire their works and felt the three of us have different art forms that would mix wonderfully to blend into a finished island art book.
I met Roxanne at an art retreat and while we barely had time to say hello to each other while we were there I felt a kinship with her immediately and we made plans to gather with each other. Roxanne came to teach a class in San Jose so I signed up and invited her to come early to explore the idea of us teaching in Kauai. My sister lives about 30 minutes from Roxanne so she rode down with her to visit and also take the class. We spent a day in my studio botanical dyeing and talking. Then in her class we got to explore collage. In Kauai Roxanne will give lots of ideas and technique for collage with a focus on nature, collaging 3 dimensional items, and stitching.
I took a class from Susan years ago at Art Fest. I already had her book Poem Crazy and found her writing exercises tremendously inspiring. So when I had the opportunity to take a class with her I was so thrilled. She has a way of helping you get the words out in a fun way that becomes thought provoking. At the end of a writing session it's very surprising what comes out by way of word tickets, really surveying your surroundings, and other writing techniques you explore. Plus Susan's a lot of fun as she hosted a dance party at the end of Art Fest!
I know this retreat is a bit expensive because it's in Kauai, BUT it IS in Kauai and will be so worth every penny. 7 days to explore nature and the island, to work on projects at your leisure or optional choices. One option is a watercolor class with Marionette Taboniar who is a local island artist. Marionette offers ongoing classes of which I signed up for two of them when visiting the island one year. Her studio space is near Waimea Plantations where the retreat is and she is scheduled to come to the Plantation one afternoon to teach watercolor if you choose.
The Waimea Plantations are on the Westside of Kauai right on the ocean with a black sand beach. There is a restaurant on location and also a day spa for massage in one of the cottages. The Waimea Canyons are also in the vicinity which are awesome! The retreat is being hosted in The Kruse house.
I hope this gives you a little more insight into the retreat and that you considering joining us. Click here on my events page for full information.
2. That which is gathered or amassed; a collection or accumulation.
3. An assembly of persons; a meeting.
Art Retreat at the Prairie was all of these.
Barb Solem of ViviMagoo Presents chose the perfect place to host an art retreat. Rachel Ashwell's Prairie consists of the main lodge, several small cabins, a barn, and the main house where the shop and kitchen/dining room are. All have been decorated in Rachel's shabby chic style and are so comfortable and homey. The secluded, intimate setting lends itself to introspection, creativity, and coming together with friends, new and old.
I stayed in the Liliput Lodge or as it was being called, "The Big House" (not the one that Johnny Cash sings about though). Here is a picture of my bedroom and the bathroom.
Sweet little amenities
My teaching space the first day for botanical dye printing was on this lovely screened in porch that you see Rachel Ashwell sitting on the steps in front of.
It was the perfect place for dyeing but the second day of class the rain had set in and it was too chilly and damp to be out on the porch so we moved inside.
These rooms were transformed with extra tables, botanicals that had been collected, and all sorts of rusty items along with fabrics and ribbons to dye. I am not very good at documenting with photos. I get busy and distracted and forget all about taking them so you only get to see the pristine setting before we converged with all our "stuff".
After two days of botanical and rust dyeing the scene changed. Students arrived to reconstruct unloved shirts into a new garment. Again I only have pics of one student's work and I'm sorry because there were some great garments being created and I have nothing to show. Perhaps the students will send me some pics?
Here's Stevie in her upcycled art shirt.
At the end of the day the table looked like this as wine was brought out to toast our wonderful time to"gather".
At dinner there was a bit of shenanigans going on with lots of fun and laughter.
Thank you Barb, The Prairie and all my students and friends!