not sure if i mentioned these-
not sure if i mentioned these-
but a nice rain. a rain that doesn’t drown us but one that feeds and wets everything to the core. the plants seem happy and thankful. since it was rainy yesterday too (and for several days before that) i stitched up some holiday reds that will go out in orders today.
and since i was working on video too, i made this little “movie trailer” for the daily dyer. we aren’t very far from Hollywood you know…
i would embed it here for you but for some weird reason Youtube is messing with me. it keeps inserting the wrong video despite restarts, browser clearing, and all other sensible fixes. so just click the link- i’ve got other stuff to do…it’s Monday.
Lately I’ve been so very thankful to everyone who has been turning out for classes both online and in person. It is a real pleasure to see so much interest in dyeing, silk, indigo and just general interest in what I do. It is wonderous to see you the students come to these classes with your own intentions and desires and then take the information off to create on your own. Some of you create just for the sheer pleasure of it, some with the intention of starting your own small business. It is great to know that many are thinking in that direction-thinking independently. Just keep going is what I have to say about that. It takes time. Do not expect things to happen immediately, instantly, or forever. Start small. Grow it. You are the seed. You have to keep plugging away at it. Inventing, creating, wondering on a daily basis. Seeds need nourishment and so will you.
This leads me to the next thing. With this level of interest the daily emails with questions grow. The requests to go here and there increase. Some of the questions sound like this:
-when is your next class?(working on that…deciding…figuring out finances…)
-will you be teaching near me soon?(dunno-where are you?)
- can I come work for you-for free-so I can learn! (surprisingly, many of these offers! thank you so much for the offer-but I can’t do that for many reasons)
-can you come teach here in Israel/Japan/Canada/? (wouldn’t that be cool?)
-I’m in your neighborhood, can I stop by? (uh, sorry-no)
-we’d love to have you at our show will you come? (unlikely-many to consider and many financial considerations are involved)
-I need to turn in a report on my favorite artist-will you answer these 20 questions?(most of which the answers can be found by reading a few pages on my blog-but thanks for thinking of me)
-and myriad questions about dyeing,shibori, silk, indigo, growing indigo, seeds, shows, orders (YAY!- helps pay the bills!) and so much more. Time! I need more time (maybe time traveling is an answer)!
I wonder how to divy myself up in enough pieces to satisfy more- to spread my growing knowledge further and the daily practice of it in a way that serves us all? In a way that helps me and helps you.
I tested this idea out some time back but I wasn’t quite ready for it. I am now. Things come with their own time and place and I think now is the time. So here it is:
-a place for daily snippets of dyeing for a living- which is what I do. Even I don’t know what each day will offer- that is part of the lesson. But come along and get a glimpse. This doesn’t take the place of the other more technique based classes or in person workshops (or the blog here either). It’s meant to teach in a different way. And I think we all know that there are many ways of learning and that people learn in different ways. Along the way. Yes, along the way. As I write that, I realize that is what this is about. Globe trotting is very costly- the teachers costs must be covered- and thus workshops for those sorts of events are expensive and understandably not in the budget for everyone.
For you, it will give you a part of me and my work that hasn’t been available so far. It will give you another way to learn. $60 for 6 months. That’s about 35 cents a day- the cost of a daily good cup of coffee when I was born-over 50 years ago…or the cost of two overpriced cups of coffee a month now ( I may have been listening to too much public radio these days..).
For me, it allows me to reach further, deeper, and continue serving in another affordable way for all of us. Also, it’s a daily commitment, a practice of daily teaching and learning.
But really, what have you got to lose? You can sign up for a one month subscription for $25 which can be applied towards the 6 month subscription if you add it before the one month ends. (kind of a layaway plan of sorts.)
The daily dyer begins December 15 and continues through June 15, 2013.
Subscriptions for the first 6 months will be available now through Dec 15th only. I’ve also added the possibility of gift certificates in the shop- and some are conveniently set at the price of a daily dyer subscription. I wonder if you’ll check it out…
on the eve of November’s full moon, i finished this little cotton flannel vintage baby jacket for baby Z. found it in a heap of fabrics at a swap meet a while ago. i imagine some mother or grandmother in the late 50′s stitched the kittens and blanket stitched the edges for a special little baby who today must be about my age. it is so very sweet. someone had kept it all these years until it landed in that heap of cloth. it was white but i took it for the indigo vat for ¢25, washed and overdyed it in the natural vat and set it aside.
when baby boy Z was born i got it out to send to him but in the this and that of things it was shuffled a couple of times until it appeared on the table with a silk velvet moon sitting on it. somehow the moon made its way there. i realized that this is was it was waiting for so i stitched it on with some silk thread. the silks iridescence catches the light- like a light catcher to shine the way. a new silk bow was also needed.
i remember this story fondly- perhaps my favorite childhood poem by Eugene Field:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe —
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!”
Said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea —
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish —
Never afeard are we”;
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam —
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
‘Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought ’twas a dream they’d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea —
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
indigo. strengthens cloth i’ve read. it seems to. it adds to it. even the sheerest of it. like silk and cotton gauze. working on window cloths again…
but other things too need strengthening. our world seems to need it. it needs our protection. from ourselves. it’s a very big effort. but something we can all do even in our own small ways. we can continue to make, to create, to wonder, to teach the way. join forces in a mutual direction. i need it. strengthening, that is. i like what jude said here (or rather what her father said to her). and what grace says here. the indigo has to first break down before it can be of use. that thought stays with me as i dye at the vat. breaking down in order to recreate something. decomposing. this is a thought that has occupied many conversations around here over the years. i see the slow decay. some days i want to hurry it up, but like the natural indigo vat, it doesn’t rush. it is life and what is the rush?
here, black friday nonsense was turned to blue friday beauty( i dyed a few things in the natural vat). since the boys were young i’ve observed BND(and even extended it to the entire weekend at times). that means no grocery, no gas, no financial transactions at all. just for the practice of it. that means no selling either. it’s very peaceful and i look forward to it. it’s a good quiet time to get out the needle and thread and stitch up a few things.
but in the end, we do have to exist on the planet here in our daily lives so come tomorrow, we will be back at our work, paying bills, creating and making to pay those bills. but maybe a wee bit more wakeful.
tomorrow is a full moon. i’m stitching a little silk velvet moon onto a gift for a new baby in the family. it will be a light catcher for him. it leaves tomorrow and i’ll try to get a photo first.
**note: since i started this post (Sunday) this was in the news. so while stores were racking up sales at record pace, garment workers in Bangladesh were losing their lives working in sub par conditions making those very things we just have to have. or do we?
Hello. That’s a good place to start. Yes, I’m back. Here. Houston almost seems like a dream! A wonderful show and ever so busy for me on all accounts. My sincere thanks to everyone who came, who sent in pieces for the silk exhibit, and who took my workshop. We did have a great time!
Let’s start with a little slideshow of the silk exhibit…
Having never curated and organized an exhibit before I was pretty much winging it but in my mind’s eye I had an idea of what I wanted to communicate to viewers of the exhibit. It was also interesting to work with the exhibit staff at Quilts Inc. and see their process for receiving materials, setting up, breaking down, and returning items for the exhibit at large. Many thanks especially to Ginny and her crew who were assigned to this exhibit (they confessed that when the various exhibits were assigned they drew the short straw! in the end it wasn’t as bad as they thought-just different than the basic quilt exhibit). Thanks Ginny and crew! I got to learn a lot through organizing this exhibit.
a couple of shots of the booth-
Unfortunately, when I returned I got the flu- put me a few steps back and then it was off to see my son Trevor’s senior recital-wow!
-and then back home where I am still catching up on emails and orders. Also many proposals and fees for next years events are due any day now. Yikes!
Oh, and another great indigo workshop at the Japanese American National Museum last weekend-
Glenna came with her own wonderings-about temari. She played and devised a way to indigo dye the base for a temari. Quite inventive. I can see the possibilities now! If you are looking for a new craft to spend some serious time at check out the possibilities of making temari! I even want to try my hand at it-at least once just to gain a basic understanding. She gave me a lovely sample of her work as a gift-I love it!
The gift of home grown cotton was actually from the Houston workshop-got it mixed into the wrong set- but it is beautiful and has seeds that I have separated out- I want to grow a couple of plants just for fun.
The indigo is all cut and each participant at the JANM workshop received a seed packet in their materials kit. Perhaps some indigo will be grown in spring! As for the rest, some was bagged for gifts, and the rest of the seed was collected for next years crop. However, it looks like there may already be some dropped seed sprouting out back already! We’ll see…
More to tell, but must end it here for now- have a wonderful holiday full of thanks and giving, of friends and family.
This time I’m only going as far as Houston but the Silk Study Tour is just around the corner.
Typically in Japan, when one moves, one has a sayonara sale. That’s just the way they do it there. Also, a sayonara sale is a great place to pick up stuff you need when furnishing a new apartment. It’s easier to sell your stuff to someone moving into the area and buy stuff from someone moving out of the area you are moving into-get it? Check out the sayonara sale ads in the Tokyo craigslist. Garage sale- Japanese style.
Here we have 10 silk shibori ribbon scrap bags. A highly coveted item. 2.5 yards of assorted silk shibori ribbon for $20. Donna was here today and took control of my scrap box. In her words she had a “kinda sorta maybe plan”. For like “walking around money“.
Listing will expire in 24 hours.
Mata ne! thanks Donna!