Finally Fall-ish here. Wearing a sweater in the house. I swear I will not go out today and into the madness that is now known as Black Friday. I have for years chosen to call this day Buy Nothing Day. I was introduced to this concept back when the kids were in preschool- so, that’s been a while. What a weird name for a day- Black Friday. It sounds ugly to begin with-somehow ominous. I think most of us would prefer to stay home and continue to enjoy our friends and families, eating leftovers and playing games or whatever the day brings. I saw a photo of a store window in the newspaper this morning- it said “Celebrate Black Friday!”, huh? But somehow this nonsense beguiles us to venture forth with the promise of one time only savings on things we might want to have. I can’t say “need” here because it is mostly on luxury items. In any case, we’re just staying home. I hear Cyber Monday is coming up…
Weird, just weird.
With that madness behind us, I will report that the workshop at the Japanese American National Museum last week was great fun. Almost half were returning students and the other half soon to be returning. There really is something about the exploratory process of shibori that draws you in. I am interested in seeing that many of the returning students are becoming more and more interested in the nui (stitched) shibori. Interesting that in the beginning, it seemed as if they were more interested in the pole wrapping and the clamped techniques. I have been collecting more samples of stitched shibori to show them and I also think that the indigo vat has charmed them. Stitched shibori is very indigo friendly. I have seen some great explorations on their part over time. They inspire me to up my own game and challenge them further.
The museum hosted a trunk show coinciding with my workshop weekend there from the Nuno company. The students also enjoyed that and made several lovely purchases. I spoke with the two fellows there and told them I had been fortunate to see the 30 Years of Nuno Textiles in Tokyo when I was there recently. I bought the book ZokuZoku as a reminder.
Thank you to everyone who is patiently waiting on your order. I have been graced with a bit of the flu this weekend and have slowed a bit. Soon better with turkey soup.
Also, I received an email reminding me that my Daily Dyer blog ( previously a subscription only blog from 2013) is up for renewal again on WordPress. It’s a paid blog with the ability to load video and privatize so I had to decide whether to renew or not. I went back and viewed a few things and thought -why not add it to the Feeling Freer section for the next year? Then I will delete it when next year rolls around.
And so it is. You may find something useful or entertaining there. You will have to use the sidebar to navigate as the newest post appears first.
and a few photos to spice it up…