Hope you can join us for this wonderful gathering in October!
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Mount Shasta from the air
Friday morning my husband flew me in his plane to Keno, Or. where we had a wonderful visit with Roxanne Stout and her husband. My sister Jan and her hubby came from Medford to have dinner with us. It was a wonderful time with barbecue and wine and homemade beer, laughter and good cheer.
Roxanne and I drove over to Klamath Falls to tour the Running Y Ranch in hopes of it being a place we could host our Flight of Spirit Gathering Grace art retreat and we were so pleased with the place we reserved dates of Oct. 9 and 10, 2015!!
Michael and I stayed at the Running Y Saturday. He played golf on an Arnold Palmer designed coarse and said it was great while I attended the on property spa and had a wonderful massage.
We flew home this morning and waiting for me in the mail was the latest issue of Mingle published by Stampington press where an article that Roxanne wrote and submitted is published! It's all about the gathering we had at her house, me, Roxanne, Jan and Susan Wooldridge, where we put together our plans for this wonderful retreat. Get the magazine, read the article and look for information about the retreat coming soon!!
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
I am looking forward to teaching at Rachel Ashwell's The Prairie again this fall for Barb Solem and ViviMagoo. I love The Prairie and because I have a little bit of Texas in my heart I am so happy to have been invited back. This delightful and unique setting allows me to offer classes that expand outside the limits of teaching at a hotel based venue.
For my Botanical and Rust Dye class we will be able to walk the grounds outside and gather leaves and flowers to experiment with as well as using the botanicals I will have on hand. I know there are walnut and oak trees to gather leaves from as well as flowering vines and plants. We will have lots of fabrics to use for dyeing and some papers as well. Truly a chance to explore the local area of gathering. Add to that the use of rusted iron and you will have a nice pile of dye printed fabrics and papers to use in any mixed media project!
The Indigo and Rust class offers students a unique opportunity you won't want to miss! We will explore dyeing with indigo using a variety of techniques including overdyeing rust printed fabrics or other previously colored items. It truly is magical to watch fabric dipped in an indigo vat come out a green color and change to blue as it oxidizes before your eyes! There will be a variety of rusted items to explore printing on fabric with and lots of samples of how you can use these dyed fabrics.
My third class, Tattered Angel Scarf, switches gears to create a nuno felt scarf using vintage remnants i.e. time worn wedding hankies or white on white embroidered table cloths. Learn the simple technique of fabric felting and design and create your own special scarf.
I want to encourage anyone reading this who is considering attending Art Retreat at the Prairie to do so, just say yes! I would love to have you in my class and there are many other talented instructors with fabulous class offerings to choose from. Barb Solem makes the whole experience wonderful, you will not regret choosing to attend!
Monday, May 25, 2015
Due to the recent floods in the Texas Hill Country I realized the same thing happened on Memorial Day weekend back in 1981 when I lived in Austin.
May 24, 1981 began as a warm day where I lived in South Austin on Goodrich with my all time best roomie Jim Bob. We were talking with our neighbor and friend Gary (Bob) and a visiting friend Sid and decided to head to Lake Travis and rent a sailboat for the day.
After boarding the boat with our provisions we set sail. We hadn't gotten very far when we noticed the horizon darkening in the distance, and the wind was picking up. I remember Jim and Gary yelling something like "Big Wind!" Let's go. All the while the boats participating in a regatta were heading back to dock?? More verbiage like "What's wrong with those wimps" etc. as we continued on. That is until the golf ball sized hail started pelting us and the hard rain blurred our vision. We all escaped below except for Captain Gary and his trusty mate Jim Bob. But hail that size pelting them and no vision ahead we quickly rammed into the jetty. oops.
By the time we made it back to shore, very late at night (I think oneish in the morning) and drove back to Austin we were shocked. Cars in the middle of Loop One and also a Grand Piano! What? The waters had started to recede a bit and we were seeing the aftermath. The area of 6th and Lamar was completely flooded. The piano had come from Strait Music across the street from the first ever Whole Foods Market. The sign the next day read "Whole Floods Market thanks you for all your support we shall return". And of course we know they did.
Unfortunately several lives were taken with that flood and the destruction was monumental to homes and families.
Here's a link to photos of that flood damage.
Now another flood has destroyed homes and business and taken lives.
It reminds me of a song my friend Bob Runyon wrote and recorded after his home flooded years ago. Wish I could post the recording but here's a link to where you can buy the album the song is on (or just the song) and listen to a very short clip http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/runyon/from/Masterpages/www.cdbaby.com/cd/www.cdbaby.com/cd/runyon
Here's the start of the lyrics:
It's the price that you pay for living close to running water
You can move but you can't tell the river where to go
Try as you might it does no good to fight it
All you can learn is what the bank already knows
So silent and wise that it hardly even shows ...........................
............Nothing's too big to stop the water when it flows
It's here for a while and then it has to go.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
While I'm busily working away on up cycling garments, dyeing ribbon and silk, and generally gathering props I want to announce registration has opened for Art Retreat at the Prairie. I'll be teaching three classes and am really thrilled to get to go back and teach for a wonderful retreat in a fabulous setting! I hope you can treat yourself to attend!
I only have a bit of time to post and then it's back to working on these: "shoot like a girl" Sharp Shooter Vests! You can find me selling these at Remnants of the Past in Pleasanton, CA April 24th and 25th and at the May Day Faire on May 2 & 3 in Santa Cruz, CA. along with all my other creations of dyed ribbon, fabrics, scarves, and upcycled and vintage wearables!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015