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Shibori Workshop in Chicago

I will be teaching a shibori workshop at the upcoming Chicago Quilt Festival April 17, 9Am-12 Noon.
Details can be found here. I understand there are 10 spaces left (of 25) so if you think you might wait ’til you get there to sign up you might be disappointed. I also read in the business section today that Southwest Airlines has started a “fare war” so you might be able to get some tickets at a pretty good price. I picked up my ticket about a month ago on Delta for $180 RT right out of Long Beach!

I am now preparing for the show, packing materials for the workshop, making inventory for my booth. I will get the booth # posted soon- still have to order my electricity and so forth. This is the first time I have done the Chicago show and with all the costs involved I opted for the first time to get a 1/2 booth. We’ll see how that works out. I may regret it but will make the most of it. I’ll be featuring the ribbon and kits at this show with less focus on the scarves and wall pieces. I’m sharing a room (I think!) with someone although with whom I can’t seem to remember at the moment (mental note- call Maggie and ask!).

One new thing we will be doing is dyeing some ribbon using shibori techniques that don’t result in pleated ribbon (that has to be heat set) but do give some interesting yet fairly quick results. Here’s an example of what I am talking about:
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or this:
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This would make a lovely silk binding on a quilt.

I am planning some great fun for the workshop. We are going to do a little bit of everything-makiage, arashi, itajime, and some of what I like to call invented shibori. I’m a little limited as to what I can afford to haul out to Chicago in the way of materials as shipping costs prevent the shipping of large poles etc., but being the inventive sort I have a few other ideas. This being a quilt show, I will focus on things I think quilters are interested in creating for insertion into quilts.

Speaking of quilts, the journey quilt is coming along- or was at least. Until I decided I didn’t like the thread I was using for the shibori ribbon binding. So now I have to tear it all out and redo it with some silk thread. This is further complicated by the unfortunate fact that I managed to give myself some rather nice burns from steaming on the back of my right hand. The blistering has subsided and now I am just being careful to keep it clean and protected but it is definitely hampering progress a bit. CAUTION: Slow down!! Use the silicone glove that was sitting right there!! Sometimes I need a reminder, apparently.

I have a deadline coming up for an article and samples to be sent for an upcoming magazine issue (no details just yet!) and sent samples to a writer of a new book coming out about ribbon- supposed to be the latest “complete guide to ribbon”. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without shibori ribbon now would it?
I just acquired some silk shantung wired ribbon which I will be dyeing today for the upcoming workshop with Candace Kling. We’ll have to see how that goes- not sure how well it will dye.

Also making more plans for Japan. Found a great little ryokan in Nagoya and made a reservation. We’ll also be attending the Tokyo Hobby Show as guests of one of the exhibitors. That is sure to be an education! I am trying to figure out how to fit in an overnight trip to Mashiko to see the Higeta Indigo workshop. Thankfully, the Shinkansen may make this possible.
The Silk Study Tour will make a stop at the Nippon Silk Center in Gunma Prefecture where we will have the opportunity to participate in a day long workshop on natural dyeing with silk, katazome techniques, and kumihimo. WOW! Wonder if my head will explode on that day. On another day we will participate in an all day workshop with Japanese quilter Noriko Endo.

And lest you think I have to do everything by myself around here, Milo is always nearby ready to help and a real photography buff to boot. Here he is helping to arrange the silk for the shoot by getting completely underneath the pop-up white box I was using and lifting the whole thing up as I was shooting the pics.
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Houston Quilt Festival report…long post-part 1

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Finally. I’m back, unpacked, and working in the studio again. Waiting for my shipment from the George Brown Convention Center to arrive (more unpacking). The show was great. For so many reasons. First, there was a decent turnout. Maybe not as many as in recent years but still respectable/impressive numbers of quilters turned out for festival. It is a little hard for me to judge the numbers by looking into the isles as my booth was located on a corner on the main isle (widest isle in the show which connected the quilt exhibit area to the food pavilion). Quilts Inc. usually publishes the actual numbers on their website. I’m used to being on a smaller isle which can give the illusion of more people- no complaints about that!
I had the opportunity to introduce many many more quilters to my shibori ribbon as well as see some of the things customers from last year made with the ribbon. Thanks to those of you who took the time to come by and show me the wearables you created and images you took of the quilts created which included the ribbon.
The make & take went fine- thanks to Virginia who manned the booth in my absence. There were quite a few in the class and all completed their shibori ribbon flower pins and proudly wore them around the show. Thanks to all of you for that as countless people visited the booth curious about the ribbon, many purchasing a kit or two to make their own. Here’s a pic of several of the gals from the class-
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Now speaking of Virginia…..she was a lifesaver! Not only did she (and Duke-the standard poodle) pick me up and take me back to the airport, stand in for me at the booth on occasion, drive me all around Houston, make sure I arrived at the GBCC at 8 AM for my workshop, remind us to turn the clocks ahead, give us a lesson in cosmetology, bring us coffee, lunch and more, she wore this fantastic hat of her creation (one of many) which you can see here:
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We have plans for some shibori hats….can’t wait to dye up some silk for that!

DAY 1
Set up went smoothly, again, thanks to Virginia who carted me and my 5 large boxes (that were shipped in via DHL and arrived as scheduled at the hotel) to the GBCC in addition to my limit of two large suitcases. Mental note: add an additional $80 RT to my expenses for checking luggage. My small carry-on held my clothes and sundries for the entire week! I spent Wednesday setting up my booth and we were open for business at 5 pm for Preview Night. Although there was a pretty good crowd the sales were modest (as usual) as people wanted to get “the lay of the land” and see where they were going to spend their money over the next 4 days. Wise decision as there were certainly lots of ways to spend it! After this very long day we finally left the hall about 10:30 pm. I can’t even remember if we got anything to eat that night or not….
DAY 2
Up early to get into the hall and ready to open! Had the first Make & Take at 11 and then worked the booth all day until 7 PM. Here’s a photo of the booth I snapped at the end of preview night- the ribbon bins were looking a little shabby by then. Thank goodness I thought to bring my ball winder as I was continually re-rolling the ribbons throughout the show. Normally I would have had the ribbons in their clear boxes but in an effort to save space I eliminated the boxes. Will have to rethink that next time…
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I didn’t really get very many photos as I was just too darned busy all the time to do it! I’ll add some of these to my flickr page and add some notes over there…..
It was a real kick to meet so many people who came up and introduced themselves to me as flickr contacts and bloggers! Fun too, to watch people look at the shibori in person when all they have ever seen are the photos online. Even though the photos aren’t bad, it’s not the same as seeing and touching in person. I think that’s one reason I will always continue to do shows. I do like to get out of the studio and see the customer face to face. It drives me to create something FOR the customer. As a maker, if I want to stay in business, I MUST make things my customers want to buy and meeting them face to face is important for me. I learned a lot about what I will be making in the next six months by doing this show.
I really don’t like posting photos of myself, but here’s one taken by a passing quilter when she saw me snap the previous pic and insisted I needed one with me in it…
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Day one down and three to go….
We left the building around 8:00 PM and headed back across town to our hotel located in the Galleria area. Cheaper hotel located further from downtown but since we had cars it was no problem. Not to mention we had to drive by Central Market each night ………….
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…….where we stocked up on healthy food and snacks for lunches at the show and chose from an awesome expanse of gourmet salads, soups, and entrees at the deli section. (I bought some of those gorgeous tomatoes to snack on in the booth) If you ever get to Houston, a stop at the Central Market is a must. Here’s a few more pics-
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the breads and bakery goods will take your brath away!
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I don’t think I have ever seen as much variety (not to mention volume) of cheeses in one place!
(of course-had to get a bottle of wine to go with!)
DAY 2 (Halloween)
Up early and Virginia drove me in to get to the GBCC early to set up for my workshop starting at 9AM.
I was a little anxious and excited at the same time. The class was sold out and I had already met several of the students who came by the booth the previous day to say hi and tell me they were in the class. After an introduction by Maggie Backman of the Silk Experience we got started on the class. Each class has a “teacher’s pet” who helps out by taking roll, passing out materials and anything else that is needed. She was a real godsend and darned if I can remember her name right now…but thank you thank you thank you!! She received a shibori presento that didn’t begin to convey my thanks.
We practiced various stitching on different kinds of silk fabrics which were then dyed using the Colorhue dyes. We worked with 8mm habotai, organza, broadcloth, 3mm gauze, & silk satin. Even though this was a stitch resisted workshop, we covered several other methods as quilters are interested in combining techniques. Here are some of the results- again no time for many photos- I took these as we were cleaning up…
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various stitched effects
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the organza was really interesting as it can be layered over another hand dye creating a very interesting effect.
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another organza sample
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loved the simplicity of this too..

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Everyone took away numerous samples of silk suitable for inclusion in one type of project or another as well as an enthusiasm for silk and the Colorhue dyes – not to mention shibori itself!

The students in each class fill out a critique survey at the end of the workshop and I was glad to see that everyone was satisfied and gave good marks on the presentation. Several were kind enough to leave additional comments on areas to improve on which were much appreciated and very helpful. Many of these students are professionals in one field or another and have taken numerous workshops related to textiles so your input was very valuable! Thank you!

At this point it was only 12 noon and there was still a whole day of selling ahead down on the show floor which seemed like it was about a mile away from where the classes took place so off I went to the show floor to sell my wares….
I can see that I will have to make this a two part post so stay tuned………
mata ne!

on the show floor…Houston Quilt Festival

Well, everything arrived as planned, the booth set up and preview night done! Today we have the silk shibori flowermaking “make & take” in Hall E (exhibition area) at 12 noon. A full day in the booth and an evening event- Bernina Fashion Show & Reception. All faculty have VIP admission to both.

What’s selling? Shibori scrap bags, shibori flower pins, and yards and yards of ribbon. Silk shibori ribbon flower kits are also a popular item.

What’s funny? My legs apparently. Last night I wore a pair of tights I had shibori dyed which kept people entertained. The most often asked question was “Did you tattoo your legs?” ??????? Several people thought I had painted my legs. Dyers of course recognized what I had done and wanted to know what dyes I had used. (Marshall’s tights- $4 and acid dyes.) Granted, most of those asking about my “tattoo’s” were men. Not textile people. But it was entertaining and fun. One gal saw them and told me she sells something similar on etsy and pulled out her iphone to show me her site. They were very cool and mainly black and fluorescent colors. She says she sells them for “clubbing” . Apparently they are very fashionable under blacklight on the dance floor (and even more so under the influence). Next time I go “clubbing” I’ll be sure to wear mine.

Show time- gotta go!!
Booth 1544- corner on the main isle…..

change in plans…..

you know, life happens. and when it does, we adjust. so now i am flying to houston, shipping my merchandise, being picked up at the airport by virginia who will wear a lovely hat so i can recognize her and room with my friend jennifer from atlanta. we will have a great time too, and make it all work out.
gail is coming tomorrow to help get everything packed and shipped off. airline tickets have been purchased, reservations canceled, new ones made and a few other details attended to.
the main thing is though that phil will stay in long beach to be with his mom who is having triple bypass surgery within the next 48 hours.
this is how it should be and we trust she will be better for it.
we are however, exhausted.
(ps. i’m gonna cancel the sunday make and take, so thursday will be the only one-sorry)

preparing for Houston Quilt Festival

i’ve added a new poll for you to help me decide when i am ready for the show. it’s a new wordpress thing and i am just playing with it. go ahead…your vote counts! at least here!

lists….necessary to keep me from going crazy. i know i will forget something but hopefully my show list will keep it from being anything too important.

now there are a couple of things that are VERY important:
-my own pillow
-comfortable shoes
-simple clothing
-enough credit card slips and receipt books
-blank book / journal for capturing all the random thoughts i will have on the trip as well as receipts, business cards, and ephemera that i will collect
– supplies for sewing more flowers along the drive
– my nikon
-my iphone
-macbook
-chargers!!

since we are driving, packing the car IS rocket science! there is a real art to it. my best guy will be driving the shiborigirl bus (otherwise known as the 240 volvo wagon) and we are really looking forward to the trip. we so enjoyed the drive last year and I think that driving there was less stressful than flying and shipping in my booth as I had always done. it allows me to take some display items that just can’t be shipped at a reasonable cost. phil has generously subbed out his band’s gigs while we are gone and will be invaluable in so many ways. certain parts of this show are really fun and other parts just plain hard work. every time there are new twists and turns and it’s essential to be willing and prepared to adjust and make things work out. i can’t say enough about how grateful i am phil comes along and puts up with me on a trip like this. we do enjoy the time to just talk along the drive and enjoy the change of scenery. he is ever so patient with it all and is great in the booth as well!
it comes from years and years of being an entertainer and working with and understanding people of all kinds. teaching a workshop at the show will be an added twist and i am sure i will learn a lot from it and be prepared to do it even better the next time around.
i have three days left to finish the inventory, one day to get all my loose ends tied up, one day to assemble booth materials and pack the car and then we’re off!
for now, tables, lights, and steel has been ordered for the booth. draping has been flameproofed, the car has been serviced, workshop materials shipped, orders completed and shipped out, house sitters organized, bills paid, blah blah blah…
i wonder what i am forgetting?

Quilt Festival Houston

I just got the update on my Festival workshop- Exploring Stitch Resisted Shibori. There are only 4 spots left. So if you think you want to be there you really need to sign up now! The class is capped at 25 and will no doubt close within a week. There will be no sign ups at the show. Here are the details:

Friday Oct. 31 9am-12 noon
Class Fee-$35
Materials Fee-$22

I entitled my workshop Exploring Stitch Resisted Shibori because in the 3 hours we will have together we will only really be able to touch the surface of this technique and its many, many permutations. My desire is to fill you with ideas and inspiration combined with hands on trial and error so you can get a feel for all the marvelous possibilities this technique has to offer. I am not one for sending you away with lots of handouts and step by step instructions . There are already countless books and online resources for that by folk much more studied in the history and documentation of traditional shibori techniques. I have read all the books. I will have my favorites available for you to browse through. You will not leave wearing your new creation (i don’t think!). I am interested in showing you what can be done with these techniques in the context of your own work and how to adapt and combine these techniques for exploring new possibilities. We will work quickly, making many many small study pieces that can later be combined into collaged work or put into a reference notebook as you go on to do larger works later on. We will work with various types and weights of silk fabric. Although we will be working with silk all of the techniques can be transferred to other fabrics and their appropriate dyesets.

You are welcome to bring your own stitching tools- needle, seam ripper, scissors, etc. but I will have everything you need on hand. You will need to bring your glasses if you wear them!!
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to work with someone who forgot their glasses and can’t see the work. It’s one thing I can’t really help you with! (although I am known to bring an extra pair of reading glasses or let you borrow mine….)
My workshop is only one in the series of workshops presented by the Silk Experience- run by Maggie Backman-(look here for other workshops in the series). Maggie is the gal behind Colorhue Dye (also Silk Things/Things Japanese) and is just a wealth of information on many things related to silk. In the workshops at Houston we all use the Colorhue Dyes as they are very appropriate for the classroom setting we have available to us
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I will also be teaching this class at the Chicago 2009 Festival.

mata-ne!

Long Beach Quilt Festival addendum

Just thought I’d note here that I added some large size photos of the booth over at Flickr and added some notes for anyone who is interested. If you’ve ever done a large trade show booth (and paid the fees!) you KNOW you need to make that real estate pay for itself. I like to give people a lot of eye candy to look at and I’m always working to improve on the way the space works for me.

AND, I forgot to mention and thank one indispensable person who was a great help at the show and that was my rep Maureen who came every day and worked the booth. She is marvelous and if you are a store in So Cal and want an appointment to see the ribbon let me know and I’ll pass your # on to her. She also caries several other fabric lines and is a direct rep.

And since I hate to do a post without something visual…here’s what was ready in the garden after the shows….time for some spicy salsa!!

International Quilt Festival

Just back from a quick trip to San Jose (CA) getting a college freshman all set to attend SJSU in August!
With classes scheduled, orientation completed, and a one year lease signed for a room in a shared house (thank you Johnnie for everything including the ride back to the airport!), I think we’re good to go!

A little bit about San Jose. If you’ve never been, it’s a city that’s really growing on me. An active arts community, a great college (SJSU), very convenient public transportation, and a very diverse population. Everyone was very friendly and one of the best things is that it is a very walkable city. One wouldn’t need a car to live here- unlike Los Angeles or Long Beach. I always like that in a city. We flew in and took public transportation from the airport to downtown- $1.75 and about 15 minutes! You can’t really beat that-(except maybe in Portland where as I recall there was a free train from the airport).
Then of course there is the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum where I stopped off to make a delivery of shibori. They had sold out since my last trip up in May and are now fully restocked! The gift shop has a new manager and the store looks better than ever. I took advantage of the trip and looked at the current exhibition entitled “Beyond Knitting“.
My interest in sculptural forms as well as fiber (and knitting) was satiated by some of the wonderful work in this show. The works-some serious, some humourous, as well as thoughtful with a mastery of technique were a joy to view. A few of my favorites-

Blanka Sperkova
I love her work- reminds me of Ruth Asawa to a point. Beautiful forms, complete thoughts, left me wanting more.

Adrian Sloan’s “Truth to Power”
Her knit human 3D forms were knit in two pieces (back and front) of wire and seamed before being suspended in a fashion that allowed subtle movement as you passed by them. Awesome! She was the co-curator of this exhibit.

Lindsey Obermeyer‘s Weighted Down

I think I’d like to meet Lindsey and have a laugh or two with her. Her sense of humor really shines through her work. I was immediately attracted to this piece-a mohair sweater with the sleeves knit down into large balls that implied being weighted down by the daily stress of life.

Mark Newport‘s collection of “sweatermen” heros.
I would love to see a production bringing these costumes alive!

Having owned a knitting store in the past, I really appreciated this exhibit that took knitting beyond the realm of sweaters and scarves. Go see it!!

Back late last night and today is setup (ready or not!)for the International Quilt Festival here in Long Beach!
See you there- Booth #1353.

continuing on….

Lately it seems I just can’t get settled into regular blog posting. I have so many things to make note of I keep putting it off and the list gets longer. Here are a few of the ones I can remember….
I did get a new post up on Elementary Art. Stats are improving over there but not many comments. I do enjoy the interaction with the kids and we try to do lessons that can also be done easily at home if the kids want to or if anyone stumbles on the blog they can try out the projects with their own kids at home. I do wonder if it’s worth continuing…we only have a few months to go so will finish out the school year and who knows what next year will bring?

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Inspired by both Jude and some recent questions posted on Dyerslist regarding dyeing brick red on silk I spent a day dyeing pinks and reds. Recent orders for ribbon requesting these colors also figured into the mix. While I had dyed red scarves I hadn’t done much in these colorways so far with the ribbons and started off base dyeing a batch using a combo of the Sabraset colors deep red and magenta for the color on the left. The “brick” red in the center was achieved with the same combo plus the addition of a small amount of black- a nice red that will inspire the making of some lovely red roses. The pink on the right was done with the leftover bath quite exhausted and quickly. I pole wrapped some of each of these and discharged them without over-dyeing and they came out very nice! I’ll add photos later when the poles are unwrapped.
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these cyclamens shooting up through the fallen gingko leaves in my yard offer further color inspiration…

The Pasadena Bead and Design show- Thoroughly enjoyed the show. Some really fine artists at work. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to look around except in my immediate area and to and from the restrooms and coffee/water shop. I did find Donna Conklin on one trip down the hall on the way to my workshop and bought a most beautiful glass bead from her. Absolutely stunning series of glass lampworked beads. At first glance I thought they were ceramic- the way she uses color reminded me of beautiful porcelain glazes. I don’t know much about this art form but I was really taken with Donna’s sensibility toward the surface of the glass. I mounted the bead as shown below (on ribbon with silver, of course!):
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Another find was Melanie Doerman’s exquisite beadwork. Her kits and custom pieces are just wonderful. She also teaches beadwork at various locations including the San Gabriel Bead Company.

Sales-wise the show was quite good! A little surprising for a first time show. I know not everyone was happy with it but I think those who were selling supplies and very unique high quality, fairly priced items did better. There were definitely some areas for improvement- especially in the organization / marketing of the workshops. From what I could tell, workshop attendance was very low with many being cancelled due to lack of students. Pre-signups were extremely low and many attendees were only there for the day and didn’t want to spend all their time in a class. Have to re-think that for next time! My class wasn’t cancelled and was rewarded with some nice ribbon sales afterward but definitely could have had more students! I took to demonstrating in my booth in between customers. Attendees commented over and over that they were impressed with the quality of the show and hadn’t budgeted nearly enough money to spend at the show. I trust Anna who manages the show will make the necessary adjustments for next year. She offered me a last minute booth at the Tucson show next week and I considered going but reconciled to the fact that I simply couldn’t rebuild my inventory quickly enough in addition to my pending wholesale orders and had to decline her generous offer in the better interests of not driving everyone around me crazy and meeting existing commitments (sales tax returns due today for 2 states, online class lessons to write and photograph,orders etc., etc….).
Which brings me to another thought….
The laws of attraction- Often times I think we self-employed “arTiists/ makers” sometimes live in fear of where our next orders will come from. I had to get use to this feeling 30 years ago and still I find myself struggling with it from time to time. The truth is we DON’T know where our next orders may come from. We don’t work 9-5 and have our paycheck direct deposited. It’s easy to find yourself signing up for shows worried that if you don’t do it that you won’t have enough work- that somehow the opportunity will pass you by. I have vowed to myself not to do any shows this year coming from that place: to specifically define my reasons and goals for each individual show and be well prepared for those I do choose. This helped me decide not to do the Tucson show. And wouldn’t you know, within 24 hours I had several new orders fall into my lap!
I also updated my profile on ZAPPlication and applied to a couple of shows. One was the Santa Monica Arts Festival which offered me a booth at the upcoming February show. I decided to decline as it falls on my birthday and I’ve decided to party instead of work. You only turn 50 once! The other show is the Chicago One of a Kind Show in December which I was turned down for last year. I think this show could work for me but I understand it is very hard to get into so we’ll just have to see.
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200 yards of base dyed ribbons prepared for wrapping….these have all been discharged, overdyed ,and steamset. they now await my unwrapping and preparation for shipping.

I swear the indigo vat is lurking…..I just need a good block of time to commit to it.

Shibori year in review-long,long post…

I know it has been almost a month since I have posted here. I have received a number of emails and even a few calls wondering if all is well. Yes, all is well. Thanks for checking in! This is a very busy time of the year for anyone who calls making their full time gig. Not to mention the gift making for family, friends and family and friends OF friends. Aside from that, I just haven’t been in the mood for blogging. It’s a bit like being under the microscope and sometimes I just don’t feel like it. Besides it gives me a little more time to read all YOUR blogs!

This is also a time of year that I like to take and reflect on where I am, where I’m going and all that. Brian and I use to religiously close down the factory from around the 20th thru the 1st for our own sanity and those of our employees (they needed a break from us too!) We’d take a trip to somewhere and do a little year in review. It was always a very good process for us.

In order to recharge my own internal creative batteries, I need to have some serious quiet time in my own head for reflection (hence no blogging). So many things go through my head during these times. What is it to be an artist/craftsperson these days? It’s not about just making things to give, sell, or exhibit. I wonder what role we as artists/makers have in our communities? What roles are we being asked to have by those around us? What role do we ourselves want to fulfill?

This year, I’ve done my reflection a couple of weeks earlier and after looking over the events and progression this past year I’ve come up with some thoughts, ideas, and even some cold hard facts that will mold and encompass my direction in the coming year.

Surprisingly, it looks like I will be doing more teaching in this coming year than I anticipated. In fact, when I started out on all this, aside from teaching in the 4th grade classroom, I didn’t anticipate teaching at all! Now it seems that teaching will take up at least 20% of my time. I have enjoyed teaching the ribbonwork classes on Joggles.com and have been invited to teach at the next Houston Quilt Festival for the Silk Experience. I am entertaining other offers as well and will do some workshops to promote the shibori ribbon. Looking back, I realize I have been a teacher all along! Not only to my kids (of course) but during 30 years of porcelain studio work I taught every day. I taught my employees to duplicate my designs in a production setting. I created artisans of people who had never touched clay or had any previous art training. It was part of my job. I just never thought of myself that way until now. Go figure! One main difference I notice between teaching the public and teaching employees is that the public will say “I can’t” and an employee won’t. Of course the public isn’t going to loose their job if they can’t! I always approached teaching an employee a process with the understanding that if I could do it- there wasn’t any reason they couldn’t do it as well. Nothing special or different about me. Everyone found their way to learn and became a specialist of one thing or another around the studio. Many became better than myself at certain things by virtue of the fact that they were doing it more (as in practice!). Anyway, I digress. The teaching is in for 2008.

I have also come around to the realization that what I like about shibori is the texture. Take away the texture and suddenly I’m not as interested. I also appreciate a piece of shibori if I can’t figure out how it was done. But add some dimension to it and suddenly it comes to life! I never quite understand why someone would create pleating using the arashi method and then remove it to appreciate the dyeing pattern only. I love itajime but am always tempted to add texture over it and usually do. I’ve spend countless hours photographing the pleating and shaping of my shibori, some of which has been posted to Flickr. I’ve enjoyed and been inspired by so many of you sharing your work through your blogs, Flickr, and beyond. speaking of Flickr- I started a new pool over there for dimensional textiles. This group includes textured shibori but is wide open to any form of textile manipulation that results in a sculptural form. We’ll just see where that leads! So far we have 8 members and only myself and Danny Mansmith have been posting to the pool. It may turn out to be the sound of one hand clapping but hopefully others will be inspired to create new work and share their work which fits the genre.

I was able to take a trip to Eastern WA to visit family over the holiday and was treated to a wonderful change of scenery! A brilliant view of white snow capped mountains of the Cascades and the Columbia River every morning. Also diving into a photo project which had me spending hours at the scanner scanning old family photos for the family’s blog and Flickr site. We were truly a Brady Bunch family– 2 families married together combining kids age 6-16. My dad was a photography buff and when we lived in Japan we had the luxury of our own darkroom which we were allowed to use. He used slide film almost exclusively and we are one of those families that have 1000’s of slides in carousels which now need to be transferred. Additionally, many of the slides are annotated and all are numbered! There are some stunning photos of remarkable places in Japan taken from 1965-1972. (not to mention hilarious photos of us kids in the late 60’s-and we thought we were so cool!) Imagine moving to Japan in 1965 with 6 kids ages 6-16! We were very lucky children. This will be an ongoing project for 2008.
My mom will turn 80 next year and we are already planning the celebration. My dad is struggling with a bit of memory loss so time is of the essence.

OK. I know this is getting rather lengthy. My immediate concern is to finish my preparations for the upcoming Pasadena Bead and Design Show at the Pasadena Hilton Jan 17-20th. Check out the workshop list! Lots of interesting artists and teachers presenting. I was invited to teach a ribbonwork class and I’m feeling a little intimidated by the experienced faculty. There is a french ribbonwork class I’d love to take but won’t be able to as it is all day long and I will be working my booth (International Room #107!) My class will be held on Saturday 1-3 PM. Cost is $75 and includes all materials. Email beadanddesign@msn.com or call (530) 274-1123 to sign up.
A new Joggles class starts February 14th. More designs for shibori flowers and ribbonwork will be presented. This is a 3 week class.
Then there is the Los Angeles Cherry Blossom Festival. I’ve been invited again to present my work and teach at the Historical pavillion.
I’m also set to do the upcoming West Coast Quilt Festival in July in Long Beach. Exciting to see that Quilts Inc. has chosen Long Beach to hold this first West Coast Festival. Get out your sleeping bags girls-sleepover party at shiborigirl’s! There will be a line for the shower.
And another blog to keep up to date! (how does Jude do it????)

There you go….enough already! On to ACTION!