I am tying up some loose ends on things that have been in the works around here for a while. Everything takes longer than expected it seems-especially around the holidays when there are lots of comings and goings.
Today the wind died down a bit (not completely) but the surfers were devoted to getting into the water which leaves me in complete and blissful silence to work on these unfinished details.
First- the In Studio Workshop with Richard Carbin and myself is available in the shop. Just click here to visit the listing and read through it carefully. If you have any questions, just use the contact form or email me. Leaving a comment here is OK too- I can reply privately via your comment.
I’m excited to collaborate with Richard again. Ours has been an wonderful pairing of interests and talents. We met virtually via Flickr several years ago becoming fans of each others work. Richard is an ex-pat living in Nagoya Japan with his wife and two boys. In June 2009 when Phil & I visited Nagoya for the Arimatsu Shibori Festival, we made a pact to meet up and get to know each other better and in person. We visited late into the night and although our work is completely different we shared a passion for Japan, silk, and dyeing. Afterwards, we continued getting to know each other online via Facebook and via email and decided to create a collaborative workshop. Our online workshop Indigo Mandalas(born of the original In Studio workshop last year)was the first internationally collaborative online workshop as far as I know. We continue to inspire and draw on each others experience and interests using the internet & media, learning as we grow.
Secondly, the Silk Study Tour to Japan is filling nicely. We only have 4 spots (out of 20) left so, if you think a trip to Japan to see silk sericulture, beautiful textiles, a natural dye workshop and more are in your future for May of 2013-contact me soon. We never really know if we will repeat this tour-so far our third biennial tour. Life has a way of keeping us on our toes and in the present which is a good thing and keeps up from putting off those things that we really want to do but somehow don’t. More and more I realize that today is the day! Click the link for details and feel free to contact me if you you have any questions at all. I’m getting excited all over again. New things await us in Japan every time we go!
First- I forgot to mention that the daily dyer subscription will cover the time during the upcoming Silk Study Tour to Japan. So the added bonus is that if you sign up for the full 6 months you will get to see a bit of the behind-the-scenes tour. Sometimes dyers have to go to Japan! We are gathering a great group. There are still a few spots open so if you have been imagining yourself in the land of the rising sun…come on along! Not that you need a little tempting or anything but here is a fun flickr set of photos of past trips- and a little video just for fun…
silkworms 1-5 instar stages
Next-there will be a new in-studio workshop announcement next week. Dates look like they will be end of January/ early February. It will be a combination workshop featuring Richard Carbin’s mandalas and my arashi shibori techniques. Day one will be mandalas with Richard and myself (assisting) and day two will be with me learning arashi shibori techniques and Richard assisting . Day three will be a free dye/play day to practice some of the skills you have learned. We are still working out the details but you can sign up for day one, day two, day one & two (a little discount), and day three will be reserved for only those who have taken day one or two or both (both days will get you a nice discount on day three). We will work with procion (Richard’s fave), colorhue, and acid dyes and even the indigo vat. It will be limited to 6 people each day. I’m just getting things set up so I can list it in the shop sensibly. So much going on right now. Does it ever slow down? I wonder…what if we combined arashi and mandalas….
Recently, I have been doing some reading and becoming familiar with the terms anthropocene and holocene eras as discussed in the recent issue of the Hedgehog Review. The current Summer issue, entitled Sustain-Ability poses such questions.
These are the sorts of things that I wonder about while I am working. The concept of thriving between scarcity and abundance. Of what sustainability means in these modern times.
These are seeds (ideas) that grow. And ideas plus action on those ideas make for change and growth. Like with seeds, the addition of water and nutrients yields a harvest. Understanding history is essential, trajectory can be planned and altered I think.
But I need to get to the seed (heart, center, beginning). Perhaps it’s a day for mandalas.