This book Arimatsu Shibori-A Japanese Tradition of Indigo (now out of print and expensive to obtain but check with a good library) accompanied me on my trip to the cabin where I also had the pleasure of reading three other books:
Kira-Kira (thanks Jan from Japan for recommending it!)
Yokota Officers Club (thanks sis for this one! brought back lots of memories!)
Turning Japanese (stumbled on this myself while looking for the previous two)
(all were ordered from paperbackswap.com where you can recycle your books and CD’s for the cost of postage alone and spare the planet a little grief)
Here’s how I read them:
floating in a canoe on a lake far far away from everything.
pure bliss. (thanks to vic & yvonne for sharing this special place with me and my family these past 10 years- it’s been a gift of the highest order and we are grateful)
As I mentioned on FB sometime back when my status said I was “disappearing” and Jan asked if I was “dyeing away” I managed to pack a bit of dye in the bag and deliciously dabble with it and some silk. I came away with this:
fun to play around with some stitched shibori and experiment a bit in complete solitude.
(these were done using the Colorhue dyes which are great for dabbling and “instant” results. Great to travel with- kind of like taking along a sketchpad. I have a few left from the recent workshops and put them up for sale on the etsy site.)
Way back 😉 in 2006 , when I first started this blog I photographed my first shibori pieces on this rock. I made my first shibori samples at the cabin here in 2006. Every year I return to my sacred shibori rock in the woods I cover it with a new piece of work. And take a photo. I recently looked at a few of those first pieces and took stock of the distance traveled between the two points. I am satisfied with the progress so far but realize how much further one can take this if desired.
As Buzz Lightyear would say, “to infinity and beyond!”.
That is shibori for you- that’s life!
As I write this post I realize that this week is the 3 year mark of my writing this blog. I almost didn’t notice the years have flown by so! Hardly seems possible. So many moons ago.
And almost as if in celebration of this date (Aug 29), my article in Belle Armoire has been published. It will hit store shelves Sept 1 I am told. If you are a subscriber, you already have your copy. Much thanks to Jenny and especially Amanda (who is the new Managing Editor ! YAY!) and their lovely photographer Johanna Love. thankyou thankyou thankyou.
-in appreciation and gratitude to everyone who has encouraged and inspired me these past three years,