Tribute to Ume san and then some…

Sometimes I stay away from the blog or social media in general just to hear my own thoughts without a lot of feedback. Sometimes I want to share something but feel that it’s better to think and wonder about them by myself for a while.

I haven’t posted on Instagram for a while and I’m not even exactly sure why. I know most people really love Instagram because it’s fun to look at lots of pretty pictures-I don’t disagree. Sometimes I don’t feel a lot of connection there to be honest. And really when it comes right down to it if, I’m going to share something online or even in person, there has to be a connection or communication that occurs to inspire that sharing of something.

I can tell already that this is likely to be a long, and rambling post. Please brace yourself.

We’ve had a lot of rain here lately and it’s been quite windy at times as well. Everything is wet, the garden is alive and well, and the weeds are growing furiously. It makes it difficult to work in the studio which is really outdoor and subject to all of the whims of weather. Not to mention that the wind really did a number on my outdoor wet studio area.

Actually pretty much did it in. I’m trolling craigslist and letgo for a bargain on a used replacement canopy.

I’ve pulled out the floor mats in the studio several times now and dried them in between rainstorms. Turned on the box fans in there just to keep things dried out. When too much rain falls too fast, it floods the floor of the studio.

Looks like we should only get a small amount of rain in this coming week so things can dry out a bit.

The garden doesn’t seem to mind one bit however. I’ve been enjoying doing a little bit every chance I get, in between rainstorms.

The garden keeps me sane. I don’t know what I’d do without it really.

I finished an especially lovely order of shibori ribbon which will head off to France tomorrow. It included some colors I haven’t made in a while as well as some old favorites.

My biggest disappointment this past week was the rejection letter I received from Quilts Inc. (Houston Quilt Festival) that none of the workshop or lectures I submitted were accepted for this year. I actually had to laugh at myself in the end because when I got the letter via email I was confused. I didn’t understand what it was saying (granted the part about not choosing any of my submissions was in the second to last sentence in the second paragraph) and it wasn’t explicitly direct. I guess I was just used to being included. Things change. Unfortunately, it likely means that won’t be taking a booth this year either since the costs of doing the show has increased to the point that I really depended on the combination of classes and booth sales combined to make it work out financially. I have always been very frugal when it comes to doing a show and the associated expenses.  In fact, I’ve rather enjoyed making an art form out of it!

I’ve really grown to appreciate my customers and students there and I will miss all who come to see me in Houston so very much. It’s a big disappointment. The first Quilts Inc. show I did was the spring market in 1995 and I think I only missed one year since then when I was transitioning from the porcelian company to life as a shibori dyer.  I haven’t been teaching there that whole time but over the years I did start to teach there as well. It has been good for me as I really do enjoy the teaching as well as the vending aspect there. It takes time to build a following at a show and I always worked very hard, took it seriously and did my best, both in the classes and in my booth.
So for now I look in other directions. There will likely be some more in-studio workshops, more hand dyed goods in the shop, maybe a new online workshop, perhaps an additional Japan tour with a slightly different focus.
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So here we are again, a week or so later and I never did finish this post! Got some orders off, had a birthday, went to the Integretron in the desert for a sound bath, and saw the snow in the desert with Phil and the kids!

Nothing like a little local getaway to clear your mind! Get a New View!

So now back to it all and working on the tour details. I’m excited to get to know this years participants! Yesterday I sent out an email to the 2017 tourmates that one of the craftspeople we spent time with last time has passed away.  We were informed of his passing while making final checks and schedule confirmations. Ume san was a fellow that frequented the Kyoto temple and shrine sales collecting vintage and overstock shop aprons which he then re-made into spectacular bags.  Hirata san met him in the market there one day and was invited back to his workshop nearby.  After some discussion, Ume san offered to meet up with the tour group when we visited the market the following year as well as arrange a luncheon and trunk show of his work.  We had a fabulous time walking the market and streets of Kyoto with him and the trunk show was wonderful. Lots of his bags made it into suitcases and went home with participants. I received many sweet emails fondly remembering our day with him. I remember him eagerly asking my opinions on his bags and he was keen to apply any suggestions to the making of them.  His daughter told Hirata san that she will arrange one last trunk show of his work for us this year with the goods he had been making. We will definitely miss this colorful and creative spirit! Arigatou Ume san!

Ume san- Everyone at the market knew him.

I think I’ll end this here and start on the next post- a shop update! It’s going to rain again soon so must go out and batten down the hatches! Should clear up again after the weekend. I see Northern California is really getting hit hard by flooding. We will be fine here.
Mata ne!

18 thoughts on “Tribute to Ume san and then some…

  1. jude

    Things change, isn’t that the quote of the day. I’m sensing change even before it’s obvious… maybe my instinct has become sharper. But as I step back, everything about all of it has changed and I wonder how i missed it.
    Good to read your post really. Feeling the same way about Instagram, which has become almost as annoying as Facebook in terms of ads etc. And it’s so hard to type on a phone.

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      I hear you. I always was able to see it coming before but maybe I wasn’t looking very closely in this case. And yes, your instinct has become sharper. Someone I knew who passed away at 104 years used to say, “as you age, you just become more of who you are”.

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      Ha! you and me both! You are not the only one to tell me that- I appreciate it. It does seem that most of my favorite vendors at that show have dropped away over the years. I just didn’t want to become one of them!

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  2. Michelle Slater

    I have no garden, no rain (though they say it’s coming back) and if the weather fairies are right we’re in for another week of cold and unpredictable. How can I maintain my sanity? Waking before dawn I check in on blog buddies. California is getting much to much water where there was drought so it’s good the green things are enjoying themselves, but Oh it’s hard on humans and other Mammals! Grace Forest too over at ‘Windthread’. I’m grateful you all are posting. Feels like good company.

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  3. Liz A

    I’m stunned that you will not be in Houston … and hoping I won’t be the only one to communicate my dismay to the festival organizers.

    On a more positive note, I share your appreciation for blogging, where words and images intertwine. The backstory always fascinates me, so I will continue to look forward to your posts.

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  4. kathy dorfer

    i look forward to new classes with you . you are a wonderful teacher .
    instagram is good for me to keep connected to family and friends . plus i
    have always love taking photos .
    i can’t wait for a shop update ( :

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      thanks Kathy! Yes, i haven’t sworn off of it, but for some reason i have lacked any inspiration to even open the ap lately. maybe it will come back. i always appreciate your comments there.

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  5. Rae jean Nelson

    Glennis, have you ever looked into teaching on Whidbey Island? Off the coast of Seattle, we have a wonderful place called Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville that many of your “ilk” are drawn to. (John Marshall is one, a friend of yours I think) check it out! I’d be ticked off about the Houston show if I were you. But I’m not as evolved as you. 😉 Jeannie nelson

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      I’ve heard of it of course. I will have to check it out. I’m familiar with Whidbey Is. since I was born in Gig Harbor. I like that you lump my “ilk” in with the likes of John. Of course I’m not quite up to his stature but I like him a lot.

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  6. ravenandsparrow

    Hey Glennis, your post has some of the same elements of sorrow, lack of focus and wtf that I have been feeling lately….or maybe I’m just projecting. Hooray for spring, which is approaching in a reluctant way here. I dare not plant anything new as yet, but the weeds have no worries.
    I am sorry for the loss of your friend Ume.

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