Thursday, August 14, 2014

So Much in the Future!

I was up early this morning and these were my thoughts I wrote:

I'm up early
amazed at the stillness
the quiet peace
until I listen closely
hear the wind through the trees
the birds singing their morning song
even the full moon setting calls to me
as the cats cry out their plea for breakfast
and the voice in my head says coffee please

I've been busy this morning continuing with listings on eBay, trying to sell off some things to appear I'm not really hoarding anything.  Check out some of my listings if you want.  Here is a couple of items and links then you can check on see all my items.  It takes a fair amount of time to photo, describe and list items so keep checking as I will methodically be adding things.

Most of Sept. I will be traveling in France and Italy.  I'm so lucky to be able to take such an adventure and am looking forward to it very much.

After my travels I will be going to Missouri to participate in the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis annual sale.  Then visit my folks along with my sister Jan before I head to Texas to teach at Art Retreat at the Prairie.  I still can't believe I'm going to get to stay and teach at Rachel Ashwell's Prairie!  It looks so fabulous and I can't believe more people aren't signing up to come!  Barb Solem of Vivi Magoo puts this retreat on and the classes offered along with the accommodations are so unique!   Don't you want to join me for a class or two at this incredible setting?

Here are some more pics of fabrics and scarves I'm teaching how to botanical and rust dye print.  It's so fun and magical to take leaves, flower petals, onion skins and rusted relics, wrap them up with fabric and see what transpires!

I will also be teaching a garment reconstructing class where we take gently used and unloved garments and create a new one with them.  Perhaps adding bits of vintage lace, embroidered doilies, and old interesting buttons.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Art Unraveled Journey

I traveled to Phoenix and back for Art Unraveled.  My classes were amazing!  I have little documentation.  I'm always so bad at taking pictures when I'm teaching.  Someday maybe I'll get an assistant (hint hint sister?).

I arrived on Wed. and got to spend time with some friends. Kate Thompson, Joanna Pierotti and I visited a bit and then I met up with Leslie McCarthy and we went to SAS Fabrics.

Thursday evening I taught rust marking on ribbon and fabric strips.  It's always magic when the prints appear from the rusted objects and you get these repeat, superimposed images!  The students did some very cool pieces and I did not take one darned picture or get their contact information.  I get so caught up in the process of doing I don't think to document.  sigh.  I would love for anyone who took the class to send me pics if you have them!

Friday was the garment reconstruction class "Workshop Runway".  I cannot believe the wonderful garments people made!  All were so different but started out as button down shirts!  I had the presence of mind to snap a few shots before we modeled these at Happy Hour.  There were a couple of students who didn't show up for the runway and I missed them!

The garment I'm wearing was a group challenge piece that everyone contributed to the design and it was auctioned off at the end of the runway show and the money donated to The Youth Development Institute.  Jill Berry took the panoramic group shots and Jill also emceed the fashion show.  Thank you for the wonderful job you did Jill!!

Saturday was vendor day so everyone was busy selling and of course buying!  Kathi Ligon was a wonderful helper and I thank her from the bottom of my heart and hope she will help me next year!

I had a few days to hang around, see friends, and rest up a bit.

Tuesday I took a class with Tory Brokenshire.  We took old porcelain doll heads and covered them with sculpey clay and added the facial features with the clay.  The heads got baked and then we painted the faces, attached arms, and added garments.  I felt mine looked more like the original English nanny, maybe Mary Poppins? A Nomad? than it did a Santos, but having never made a doll like this before I was happy with it.  Tory was a wonderful instructor!  And look at the diversity of dolls made.

Joanna Pierotti took this photo of me with my doll.

Joanna with her doll and Tory.

And now it's time to start working on applications for next year's Art Unraveled!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flight of Spirit Gathering Grace

April 18 – 25, 2015
Kauai, HI

Join me, Roxanne Evans Stout and Susan Wooldridge for a spirit of Aloha gathering on the Garden Isle of Kauai.

Kauai is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain and has a rich history, unique from the other Islands of Aloha. Aside from it being the wettest place on earth – with an average annual rainfall of 440 inches (over 36.5 feet) – the 553 square mile island of Kauai is complete with deserts, rainforests, beaches, swamps, and mountains.

The literal meaning of Aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life”.  It comes from “alo” meaning presence, front and face and  “ha” meaning breath.  Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect.  It’s deeper meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and afterwards to spread love to others.

Walks will be taken as we gather botanicals to use in dye printing fabric and paper with me.  We'll gather our senses as we take note of our surroundings and make plans for collages and books with Roxanne.  Susan will encourage words and writings to come forth that we'll put down on pages. With grace and island magic we'll put it all together in our own personal books to document our flight of spirit.

The retreat will consist of 8 days and 7 nights on the Westside of Kauai at the Waimea Plantations housed in the Kruse House where all instruction and gatherings will take place.

The retreat will be limited to 14 people.  If you're interested in attending please email me for more information.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two Days of Solitude

Sunday my husband and I met up with some friends in Monte Rio where they had rented a place.  Had a fabulous brunch at Cape Fear Restaurant and spent the afternoon at Jenner Beach watching whales breach and dolphins swim by.  No cell phones, no camera's, no electronics of any kind.  Peaceful.

We had a lovely dinner out where we were entertained by locals at an open mic evening.

Monday we had a slow morning and then drove over to the Russian river banks and rented canoes to paddle on the clear glassy water.  We spied lots of ducks who swam right up to the canoe, sure that we would feed them but we disappointed them with nothing.  A great blue heron flew down the river and landed on a dead tree stump at the waters edge.  In front of him on another tree stump was a cormorant with his wings spread wide and flapping in a rhythmic motion.  As we glided by the heron kept his eye on us but not moving at all.  The cormorant continued his flapping and I am told he was drying his wings as they do not have oil that sheds the water.

I had not been in a canoe for a very long time and was so happy to get to experience that again.  I'd like to go back and take a much longer journey and feel the sense of time slowing down.

Sorry as I said no pictures only these words and the images in my mind.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Welcome to My Studio "Where Bloggers Create 2014"

I hesitated to participate in Karen Valentines' blog party because when I had the time to take photos I didn't have time to "straighten" up.  I thought about it and realized that this is how I work, how I roll. You may see sewing machines sitting on the floor as I had just come back from teaching and that's where they got put.  You will see steamers on the table and dye stuff on the counters and all sorts of random items that are not "put away".  Sometimes it's even messier than this, this is reality, this is a working studio.

I have been a fiber artist for many years.  I created handwoven clothing for several of those years, dyeing my own yarns and silks for linings.  I hand dye ribbon, lace, vintage fabrics, silks, scarves, clothing, you name it I've probably dyed it.  I use fiber reactive dyes, acid dyes, natural dyes and in recent years I've become enamored with using leaves and flowers to create dye prints on fabric and paper.

I am always on the hunt for vintage laces, doilies, unloved garments to up cycle, and vintage fabrics and linens to incorporate in garments and fabric books.

See my gallery page for samples of my work and see the events page for places I'll be teaching and vending in the USA.

To see other artists who are participating in the blog party you need to click on the button on the right which takes you to Karen's blog then scroll down to the bottom to see all the artists links you can click on.

Without further ado, welcome.

Outside dye tables are set up.

Entering studio dye station on left.

The door directly across from the entry goes into the storage area and then out the back.  This space is   for storage of props for vending and tubs of equipment for teaching.

Entry to the right you see a work table and a view into the main studio area.

sewing stations

Views from other angles.

Entering room addition where the clothing lives.

Bins full of lace and doilies

Back outside and headed to the house

I'm so glad you stopped by and please feel free to leave comments!