Thursday, May 17, 2018
I have been doing nui shibori, doing new sculptural work, thanks to Pam, and generally being a busy hand woman...plus watching spring turn into summer ... now the market days are here again...we are still waiting to get into our house, post fire, but we are cozy and loving life...
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sunday, September 25, 2016
LEt the fun begin...here is a cauliflower fungi one of three we found in our latest seach for dyer mushrooms, this isn't a dyer but tasty treat and hard to pass by even though we weren't looking for edibles. fried up til crispy in olive oil and butter...yum
The dyers we found were, tapinell a atrtomentosus, (velvet pax)', these were abundant and are supposedly able to give purples, but although i did get a lavender hued silver, I have yet to get a true lots of nice colours available in this one shroom...also found some hydnellus peccii,(bleeding tooth) which i will process
Monday, August 1, 2016
SPending days on the deck surrounded by nature and color and birds and silks flapping in the breeze...indigo dye bath happening and about to harvest some madder root, which is spreading all over the garden...and woad,not to mention all the food.....here are a few of the fresh from the pot scarves and I am in love with chestnut leaves, and bamboo, but do have some seeded eucalyptus to work with also....the first is of the liquid amber leaves on the iron cotton cloth and have made hangings from this iron blanket, sometimes the blankets are the winner in the printing so it does pay to use nice blanket material..and for something completely different, some of my gourd carvings...then Two more scarves which were alum mordanted, then dyed with carrot top, them laid leaves, a blanket and voila...they came out a very rich gold green which I love....my fav prints are mostly the latest I take out of the pot, they are very exciting to work on and my work isn't done yet.....
Saturday, June 11, 2016
JUst finished this 'seascape' stool for the chair auction to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation 'Grandmothers for Grandmothers'..we have some incredibly hard working people, mostly women, who work year round to gather chairs and repair and paint them and pass them out to people who want to make one to contribute to the chair auction the end of July, here on Hornby...THey have had an auction every second year and this is my third project I have donated to....they are always very inspiring to work on and to know you are raising money for some grandmothers in Africa makes it even more inspiring....The next piece is a large flower which was inspired by Kristy Kun, although I Have done something totally different in the processing, I had been inspired by her flowers and it was fun to make, have four made and think i am done with the flowers for the moment..the next are three pieces where I have inlayed some eco printed silk pieces onto a base o f black chiffon and black merino....love how the silk is ruching on these and have plans to make larger ones.