yes, i did get it done today- mostly. aside from making the actual ribbon, there’s the sorting, cutting, choosing the combos, photographing, uploading, naming, photoshopping in the color names/titles, uploading and listing. phew!
in the shop now. and thank you!
3 borealis baby
all spiced up
oh, and a really lovely scarf too…
arashi sea dragon
some more indigo moons made it there also…
just working with some vintage kimono lining silk and came across a piece that still had it’s tag on it. these tags were placed to identify the owner when the kimono was taken apart for cleaning. often, they were never reassembled. i removed this tag and realized it was washi (handmade paper). i loved that the end of it was just twisted into a string/cord and run through and tied into the silk’s selvedge.
practical. and lovely.
just a quick post to show you a couple of new pieces. when i began them i had in my mind’s eye what i wanted-almost. lots of what i do is like that. i have it about 80% worked out in my head. the last 20% comes as i am working on it. i learned a lot making them.
i’m looking forward to making more of these in other colors. that will have to wait for mid november though. i’m adding these to the shop as shown and you can order the make me one option and we can talk about colors.
this is arashi shibori now.
It was a rough weekend here in shiboriland considering the energy that had to be expended to sort out the problems created by someone who’s complete lack of ethics and honesty ended up with her taking all the materials from my online class and using them as her own.
Adele at A for Artistry responded quickly and became part of the solution by removing the class and communicating with me to complete resolution. I thank her for that. She further sent me the class materials that were to be posted for this online class-and guess what? They were all my materials! My samples, my words, even photos of my own hands demonstrating the techniques! I was blown away. I thought that it was likely that she was using the materials in some way but jeeze. All she did was remove my name at the top and the copyright notice at the bottom and replace it with her own name. Can you imagine? Adele of course was horrified and feels terrible. I will be taking further measures tomorrow by informing sites such as the Dyerslist, the Dyers Forum, and several other sites where she has been posting her workshops and let them know what has been going on. It will be up to them as to whether they remove the posts or not.
I will also be changing the nature of my online classes. The class that was most affected was the older shibori techniques class. Most of the lessons were PDF based. The blog featured other videos and such but the PDF’s are easier to steal. It looked to me like she just printed them out, cut and pasted them and recopied or scanned them back in. When I get a chance, I will be reworking that class in a way that makes it more difficult to steal.
We are both interested in creating a solution! That is how we can feel better about all of this-by creating a solution.
In yesterday’s post, I created a list of guidelines for those who want to teach…even Martha in the comment section chimed in with a very good addition to the list.
Today, I made a list of the things I would want from a teacher if I was hosting their class. I’m sure there are things you would add (please feel free to do so in the comment section). I think these sorts of things would help protect the host, other teachers, and the students from fraud of this nature occurring in the future.
- All teachers would need to have a decent online presence. Look, if you want to teach online, then it is essential that students can see your work and get a sense of who you really are. Blogs and Facebook pages are great for this. They are free and simple to create.
- Teachers would have a website or a flickr account where more information about them can be found as well as a collection of their own work for all to see.
- Teachers would have email and respond to it in a timely fashion.
- All this would be very transparent and easy to find-not “in the works”.
- Class postings would include these links to the teachers sites.
- I would want some references -past venues, student references.
- I would probably do a skype interview. Or at least a phone call.
- I would Google their name, their email address and review it all.
- I would have them sign a contract stating that all materials submitted for the class are their own works and that necessary attribution is given when referencing the work of others. (this addition suggested by Adele in the comments below)
This would be a start. What would you add?
This is the world we live in now and we better get smart about it. Mediocrity will become the new norm if we let it. Things are changing. It’s awfully easy for this to happen if we don’t take precautions. Remember this piece? I am still working on it…it is about transparency…and hope…and seeing on through to the other side.
trans boro window covering-indigo
I do want to thank everyone who chimed in on this past post-especially those who offered solutions and ideas. I know we are all outraged by this sort of behavior, but in the end it’s what we DO about it that will count. We can’t just sit around being outraged and exhausted by it all. That’s not gonna change a damn thing!
India Flint wanders to Los Angeles
Yes, it is true! India Flint will be in Los Angeles to give a 3 day workshop (July 30,31,& Aug 1) at the studio and shop of Claudia Grau in Los Angeles. I don’t know Claudia, but she contacted me to let me know there are still a few spaces left and wondered if I knew anyone who might want to join the workshop. India’s west coast trip has her in the Santa Barbara area giving a workshop there as well but that one sold out rather quickly and hence the LA area workshop was quickly conceived. There really is not much time to ponder it as registration will close on Friday (this Friday!). I hope to attend as well although I will be just finishing up the Long Beach International Quilt Festival and the Houston Silk Exhibit planning team will be in town to meet so time is pretty booked.
India Flint Workshop in Los Angeles
For those of you who might not be familiar with India and her work, she is the author on two two books, Eco Color and Second Skin, both books on sustainable dyeing using local windfall to color cloth. She wanders and wonders wherever the trade winds take her, sharing her knowledge, experience, and methods with dyers worldwide. It is a rare chance to be able to have her in Southern California.
Speaking of books, I recently received a copy of a book called Shibori Recreated produced in Australia which features the work of 20 shibori artists, dyers, and makers worldwide. I was asked to participate in this project and found myself in the company of some others whose work I admire greatly- Hiroshi Murase, Yvonne Wakabayashi, and India Flint to name a few. I was also pleased to be introduced to the work of Sally Campbell and Barbara Rogers (among others), two shibori-ists whom I had not been previously aware. The choice of covers for the book (front and back), leave a little to be desired as they don’t convey the topic of shibori very effectively in my opinion. But I was interested in the content. Each artist was asked the same set of questions about their own work, shibori in general-past and present, and the future of shibori in terms of technology and this modern world, among other things. It was interesting to read the artists answers, in their own words, from such a broad and diverse set of folks whose work all focuses on shibori. I found there were several consistent themes running through the answers of many and thoroughly enjoyed reading through them. The only other caveat I would add is that the font style and size that was chosen makes for extremely difficult reading. An odd choice for a book that you want people to read and is actually worth reading. I think it might be a case of getting carried away with design and form over function. But all in all, I enjoyed it.
Back to the workshop- if you are anywhere in SoCal and want to wonder and wander a bit with India Flint, give Claudia a call, an email or click to the link to join in- I hope to be there to join you!
The great abundance of things at our fingertips temps us to forget the value of caring for the things that we do have and the way we can make more of that which we already have in our possession.
Mending can come in many forms. I always admire the ways that jude mends. I’ve spent some time too, really looking at the examples of boro fabrics I have. Recently, I’ve been mending jeans that my son and I wear. Putting lots of different thoughts I have been having into action. And of course I have plenty of my own indigo dyed fabrics and threads which to utilize. And then there is the utility of it all. It seems I just can’t give that up. I want things to be useful. And beautiful. Maybe not universally beautiful, but at least in the eye of the beholder.
jeans mending kit
We all know that fashion, industry, and media push us towards wanting new and more. But what if we collectively began to desire less and old (used,worn,repaired) and saw the beauty in that? The folks of the Tohoku region in Japan created their boro textiles out of necessity but today we can appreciate and take meaning from this unintended artform and apply it to the new necessity that we have to conserve our modern resources using and reusing that which we already possess.
modern boro mending
I also recently listened to an interview with the author of the book “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth Cline. It seems that there are more and more people beginning to consider this. Her blog ”The Good Closet” gives practical tips on how to reduce, reuse, and resist the urges to fill our closets with, well, crap.
What if it simplified our lives, mended our ways, and just used less. Would we be better or worse because of it? Jeans seem a good place to begin. We all wear them. They last. They are very mend-worthy. So with that in mind I offer this:
Ready-To-Wear Again Mending Service
Now of course, you don’t need someone else to do your mending, but but if you would like me to do it for you I will. I’m just putting out the thought…the idea…and wondering.
More or less, less can become more.
Some days, the only thing to do is to clear the fog from your head with a walk on the beach. Even if it’s foggy there- and doggy, as in dog beach. So I did (or we did).
And when it’s time to get back to work even if the silk doesn’t want to sew itself and looks like the fog in your head and the fog at the beach, it isn’t. It’s just silk and it’s slippery and finally you manage it somehow even with your very lacking sewing skills and a crappy machine. Not bad.
So when it turns out that you base dye it purple and discharge it, and overdye it with every color of the rainbow and it turns into purple haze, and ends up paying a bill or two (made 2, paid 2)-the fog starts to lift. Color can always do that for me. Plus paying a couple of bills doesn’t hurt. Plus when you know that the recipients of the results of such hazy days are such kind folks and so thrilled to receive their pieces, the fog continues to lift.
And the garden continues to feed us and shower us with flowers, and the air is scented with jasmine, sweet peas and the baby birds have flown the nest- then we relax a bit.
In all of this I can’t seem to remember if I mentioned that I removed some eggs from cold storage. Some silkworm eggs… Nothing happening with them yet but I’m still hopeful. It’s been about a week. Maybe they are not going to hatch. This is the first time I have hatched eggs from my own moths. Time will tell.
And I didn’t entirely abandon the vats this week. A little derangement occurred. The 1-2-3 vat was quite cranky but I think I cured it yesterday with a bit of heat, upping the pH and some more fructose.
I also played around with some hana from the PR vat. Was just wondering a bit. What could one do with the hana… this experiment yeilded no answers. But it looked kinda cool in the process. Still I have other thoughts on the matter.
In between I needed to sit and do some therapy stitching as well as make a pile of silk flower broaches for the San Jose Quilt Museum gift shop ( I also sent them some ribbon packs and flower kits if you stop in to the shop looking for such things). On the recommendation of my son, I watched a movie while I worked called Melancholia. He loves Wagner and the film features Richard Wagner’s prelude to his opera Tristan and Isolde. Tristan (my son Tristan) loves romantic orchestral music and Wagner’s Tristan is credited with laying the groundwork for the change of direction of classical music in the 20th century as well as influencing the development of film music. I really did enjoy this dark film about the end of the world as well as the galactic imagery enhanced by the music. It had me thinking in moons, and the mokume I stitched while watching it became this-my shibori version of the planet Melancholia.
mokume meloncholia moon madness
I’m working on another shop update which will include an in-studio indigo workshop this June (only a month away!) as well as the coming online mandala workshop. Gotta go!
(happy new year!)
beginning with an open mind which we all have-a skylike mind. A new mind, a new year. a new beginning. a childlike mind. looking upward.
looking beyond boundaries, beyond categories
looking, seeing, and best of all-wondering.
welcome to 2012!
a visual “lookback” of this past here at shiborigirl…
the pH of tears
goodbye moon...and tigga
makiage indigo on cotton
the moon has followed me here
frolicking in blue
indigo mokume shibori on cotton
see on through…
aiko while gathering sansai...
trans boro window covering-indigo
post indigo blues
time has arrived
trans boro window covering-indigo
capsule hotel for silkworms
and finally, many thanks to all of you here-the community that stops in every now and then to visit, to add a word or two, to agree or disagree-to contribute something thoughtful or just to silently pass through.
may we all continue on in whatever way we do…happy new year!
it’s always nice to make something by hand, either for yourself or as a gift for someone special. this silk shibori poinsettia broach makes a great holiday accessory, a lovely (wearable) package decoration, and perfect hostess gift. i like to have a couple on hand ready to give at a moment’s notice.
this is the DOWNLOAD ONLY for making the poinsettia floral broach.
the instruction is formatted as a PDF with video links. please consider your ability to watch internet media when purchasing.
if you would like to purchase the materials kit WITH the PDF instructions, then this is the item you want to purchase:
buy it now in the bigcartel shop
and if you are in need of one already made up and ready to go, you can order that here.