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time for a little reflection…

i have been recently studying Utagawa Hiroshige‘s ukiyo-e and really enjoying his work. the moon appears in many of them and i was inspired to do a few
small (7×14 ish) indigo pieces. kind of a continuing on of the moon pieces i’ve been doing. along with transparency, i think reflections will figure into some of the upcoming pieces. we can use a little more of both as far as i can tell.

reflections on an indigo moon

i’ve really been enjoying this.

silkworm hatchlings and more indigo

the full moon brought out the silkworm hatchlings and we watched their progress over the past couple of days as we dyed up indigo in the workshop. no silkworm photos yet-they are SO small! i’ll take some tomorrow.
i’m feeling the responsibility of these 500 little creatures and hope i don’t inadvertently do something wrong- this first week is the most critical i understand and they seem so fragile…

the indigo vats were working their magic as we dyed away these past two days. here is a selection of some of the fabrics taken home from the session-

some time back i sent Kit Eastman of Silver Minnow some of the kanoko shibori stencils i received from the Hasegawa family last Japan trip. being the katazome expert i knew she would be able to find a way to utilize them. inspired, i got one out and transferred the design to some cotton lawn by brushing some powdered indigo over the stencil. i stitched over all the lines and will draw up the design tomorrow before dyeing it with the indigo. obviously not what these designs were intended for but i think it has some promise. i did get some paste resist but not ready to do that just yet. sure would like to take a class from John Marshall this year.

as i explained during the workshop today, sometimes it’s the simple idea that yields an elegant result. here is a series of photos of the unfolding of an itajime piece that i particularly enjoyed (on silk organza)-





and finally,

cueing up the indigo vat

many moons ago


By now most everyone is aware that New Year’s Eve 2010 will not only usher in a new decade, but it will do so by the light of a rare NYE blue moon. (that is if the clouds that arrived last night clear out before tomorrow night) For those of you in the Eastern Hemisphere, you will also be able to ring in the new year with the addition of a partial lunar eclipse! Seems like some sort of special New Years Eve.

this was the place


(cutting some linen for the indigo vat)
Yes, this was the place 10 years ago that the boys were all 9 & 10 and we celebrated the new millennium (2000) with a boy sleepover party thus giving parents the night to go out and party themselves. I was happy to party with the boys and let them have their own little NYE party at home. Each boy was instructed to bring something to include in a “time capsule” that we would make and decorate using an empty oatmeal canister and various other odds and ends. This capsule would be opened 10 years from that night- an inconceivably lengthy period of time for them to comprehend back then.

Each year at New Years, especially in the early 2000’s they begged to open it up and see what was inside. As they got older (and realized I was NOT giving in) they asked less and less until recent years they have been enjoying the anticipation of the coming event. So, tomorrow is the night and each has been invited to join in or stop by to see what treasure they added to the capsule- seems none of them can really remember now. Dan will be missing out as he is in Australia on holiday- he even wanted to skype the event with us (my things have changed!) but he will not be internet available so we will take some photos and video for him.

Well, I was hoping for a little live steel drum music but the band just got a last minute NYE gig for a private party so we will rely on the ipod and the rest of the musicians for music while we spend the evening dipping into the indigo vat which I have been prepping and testing these past couple of days.

We’ll have some food, a hot soup or two, music, a backyard fire, various imbibements, and of course the indigo vat will be available to dip into and take a bit of blue away with you into the New Year. Stop on by if you like but be sure to RSVP me and let me know you’re coming!

coming up blue