saying goodbye-

indigo mandala on silk organza

well, we are down to the last night. we have had a blast and shared a lot of things. our hands are blue and a few other colors to boot and most of what we made together is on its way to some of you to be stitched and wondered about. we thank those of you who came to the workshop, those of you who stopped in to meet Richard and sample his dye work. we also thank those of you who cheered us on here at the blog as well as from our facebook pages. it was an experiment, a longshot, an idea we had a year ago and now here we are at the end and thinking of some new beginnings. it’s been great working with another dyer this way- gonna have to do this again!

we have added the last of the fabric mandala sets to the big cartel shop and are covering up the indigo vats for now.

mandala 1

mandala 2

mandala 3

mandala 4

and one in silk…

mandala on old silk kimono lining

Richard’s wish for dinner tonight is pizza delivered so there you are! Gonna go look the take-out menu over and make a salad…
mata ne!

a quick mandala dyeing workshop post

Richard Carbin (aka AsiaDyer) is still here and we are still busy but I wanted to get a few photos up from the workshop before we get going here today. Also we have put a few things into the bigcartel shop just to get the day started.

This post will be photo heavy and text poor as we are both itching to get some work done- also there are orders to ship that have sat a bit longer than usual so must get them rolling too. We spent 2 days prior to the workshop practicing and working out further details in person…

so, without further ado…
we welcomed folks to the workshop with a little display out front- just to let them know they were in the right place and to entertain any passerbys.

welcome to the mandala workshop

under richard’s tutelage, i did a practice piece on silk kimono lining with colorhue dye. learned a lot!

my first mandala

here, richard is trying out the colorhue on silk noil- his expertise is procion MX dyes on cotton. playing around…

richard and colorhue and silk noil

richard does his thing on cotton lawn with procion

my silk organza mandala

me doin’ my thing with richard’s technique…you know me…can’t keep me away from the silk or the indigo. i think i’ve successfully infected richard with the indigo blue bug…

and here is the next thing we did with indigo…he was hooked!

obviously, a quick learner…

fast forwarding… we jump into the workshop

richard explains a bit

folding

tying

dyeing

karleen dyes

first day small mandalas get a review

and into day 2…

karleen’s big mandala

barry’s large mandala

linda’s big mandala

we ended the workshop by collecting up, ironing and looking over all that had been done. we worked large and small scale, with cotton and silk, with mx, colorhue, and indigo and sent more mandala energy out into the world!

looking things over

interestingly, this video on Carl Jung’s patient’s artwork appeared that same day.(link removed 2016 as it is no longer working) However, you can google the words Carl jung and mandala and see the connections. Here is one.

I will finish up here with a teaser of indigo we have just loaded into the big cartel shop. Richard is already deep into the indigo vat this morning and i am dyeing to join him!!

getting ready…

Yesterday the cold wind was howling through the outdoor studio and I worried what the weather might bring this weekend when Richard and I hold our joint workshop. But then I woke this morning to bright blue sun filled skies and no wind. Still, one never knows. We will be prepared for plan B and even plan C should it be needed.


Also, getting ready for the upcoming online indigo workshop. It always is a lot of work setting things up. Even though I have done this several times before there are always fresh challenges. Updated programs, a *new* used computer and new ideas to try out. So I have been working on it. I hope to have the new online workshop site up and running by tomorrow so those of you who are signed up can begin collecting your materials and deciding what type of indigo vat you would like to begin with. As always, an online class runs on YOUR schedule so you can never be late for class!

We will be talking about many things, one of which is sourcing materials. I found this today and really like it! You can read more about her project-Researching Sustainability here.

yay! no more ads…

so, i broke down again and spent the $30 to eliminate adds on my blog. i had this option before but in recent budget cuts i had to reduce expenses. i credit you my readers and customers of shibori and online classes with providing me with the funds to restore this much loved option.

i thank you.

with all the writing about shibori and indigo that goes on here i end up feeling a little taken advantage of when i see ads appear on my blog by those whose policies and intentions do not fit my own. such is the way of the internet. but thank you wordpress for offering this service even if i now have to pay for it (in the early days, it was free).

i feel freer and better now. onward. without ads.

here is a quick slideshow of the few photos i took at the JANM Workshop:

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Considering the core of beauty

Is it seriously the end of January? I have been remiss…but busy at other things. Shibori things, indigo things, workshop things, organizing things, sales tax things (ick!), among other things. Those of you signing up for the online indigo workshop that starts in march- many thanks. You will receive an email mid February discussing what materials to begin gathering.

We are also having some company this week…some busy hands who were helping me sort ribbons into color piles this morning as I stitched some shibori ribbon flowers for an order. A simple beauty as he discovered each color and opened and closed the pleats. Later on, we did some painting. He keeps his mom very busy and anyone else in close proximity!

The 2 day indigo workshop at the JANM was a real treat- a great group as usual. Some very beautiful fabrics were created. Photos and more on that later in a separate post but there is one more workshop coming up at the JANM March 3-follow the link to sign up.

But the really exciting news is that my friend from Nagoya-Richard Carbin, mandala dyer extraordinaire is coming to teach mandala dyeing at my studio in Long Beach Feb. 18-19. This will be a real treat. The workshop is limited to 4 people as it will be hard to manage more right now. You can read more about the workshop and sign up here.
Here is a small selection of Richard’s mandala work:

Richard and I became fans of each others work via Flickr several years ago and more recently on Facebook. Richard is an ex-pat living in Nagoya Japan with his wife and two boys. Last May when I visited Japan for the Silk Study and the Arimatsu Shibori Festival, we made a pact to meet up and get to know each other better and in person. We visited late into the night (you know how dyers can be…) . He has a unique talent with techniques he has developed over many years and will be teaching his mandala dye technique here in my Long Beach workspace next month. I will assist and add indigo to the mix along with some other surprises.

Way back then I was taken by the beauty and skill of his dye work. I have been doing some thinking lately on beauty and I believe it is at the core of what we tend to think of as art. No matter what name we give it, we humans seem to have a need for it-whether we observe the beauty around us or whether we create it. Beauty calms us, it can capture timeless moments and asks us to slow down and observe. Beauty speaks to a higher order, is captivating, and allows us to see into the heart of things. Richard’s mandalas are like that to me- like I am looking into the core of beauty.
(Check out more of Richard’s work on Flickr here.)

today,

a moon appeared in the vat…

this was the lime glucose (like fructose but since i had glucose…) vat i made last week. i’m experimenting and preparing for upcoming events.

a reminder:

JANM (Japanese American National Museum) 2 day workshop Jan 21-22

-High Desert Silk Experience 3 day round robin workshop with Katrina Walker and June Colburn

-a new online indigo 5 week workshop beginning in March

-a few more things in the works and will let you know as soon as things firm up.