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where to start?

Hello.  That’s a good place to start.  Yes, I’m back.  Here. Houston almost seems like a dream!   A wonderful show and ever so busy for me on all accounts.  My sincere thanks to everyone who came, who sent in pieces for the silk exhibit, and who took my workshop.  We did have a great time!

Let’s start with a little slideshow of the silk exhibit…

Having never curated and organized an exhibit before I was pretty much winging it but in my mind’s eye I had an idea of what I wanted to communicate to viewers of the exhibit. It was also interesting to work with the exhibit staff at Quilts Inc. and see their process for receiving materials, setting up, breaking down, and returning items for the exhibit at large. Many thanks especially to Ginny and her crew who were assigned to this exhibit (they confessed that when the various exhibits were assigned they drew the short straw! in the end it wasn’t as bad as they thought-just different than the basic quilt exhibit).  Thanks Ginny and crew! I got to learn a lot through organizing this exhibit.

a couple of shots of the booth-

Unfortunately, when I returned I got the flu- put me a few steps back and then it was off to see my son Trevor’s senior recital-wow!

pre-concert run thru

junk percussion piece run thru

loved this piece…


drum and block set up

many of his young students came with flowers…sweet

-and then back home where I am still catching up on emails and orders. Also many proposals and fees for next years events are due any day now.  Yikes!

Oh, and another great indigo workshop at the Japanese American National Museum last weekend-

Glenna came with her own wonderings-about temari.  She played and devised a way to indigo dye the base for a temari. Quite inventive.  I can see the possibilities now! If you are looking for a new craft to spend some serious time at check out the possibilities of making temari! I even want to try my hand at it-at least once just to gain a basic understanding.   She gave me a lovely sample of her work as a gift-I love it!

temari ball -a gift from Glenna

The gift of home grown cotton was actually from the Houston workshop-got it mixed into the wrong set- but it is beautiful and has seeds that I have separated out- I want to grow a couple of plants just for fun.

The indigo is all cut and each participant at the JANM workshop received a seed packet in their materials kit. Perhaps some indigo will be grown in spring!  As for the rest, some was bagged for gifts, and the rest of the seed was collected for next years crop.  However, it looks like there may already be some dropped seed sprouting out back already!  We’ll see…

indigo seed as a gift

indigo seed for next year

More to tell, but must end it here for now- have a wonderful holiday full of thanks and giving, of friends and family.

survey-just a few questions for the class…

I actually meant for this poll to be on the student dye forum blog but mistakenly posted it here.  Instead of deleting it thought I would just leave it and let people answer it here as well-  will have to go and re-do it over on the other blog.

But as long as I am here, and I was meaning to get to a post here today sometime, I guess now is as good a time as any…

I recently took a short break to drive up north and see some musical performances at SJSU where one of my sons goes to school. It was SUCH a pleasure to see and hang out with these kids and teachers who are so passionate about their music, their artform, and their lives.  Even though they talked to me of their fears of what lies ahead as musicians (and very well trained ones I will add) they are sure they are still doing the right thing. I like that they are working through those fears and pressing ahead in “the arts” regardless of how impractical it may seem to them at the moment.  They just know they have to persist.  Deep in the core of their being and soul they know it. They are in pursuit of their dreams at a time when many are setting them aside. They know it is going to be tough going and we talked about that too.  We talked about persistance, about service, about training, about caring.

SJSU orchestral percussionists and “amma” (icelandic for grandmother)

~and then we listened to some very fine work. It was amazing.  If they have any doubts about how what they are doing and how to be of service through music I can say to them that those two evenings of concerts restored my faith in several ways.  We heard some amazing percussion work laced with theatrics and comedy-lighthearted and very entertaining.  A good experience for them to present some classical works in a new way and very approachable to any audience.  Thank you SJSU percussion studio!

four “martians” playing Martian Tribes by Emmanuel Sejourne, on one marimba

The next night we saw the SJSU Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra perform at the Santa Clara Mission sanctuary on the campus of Santa Clara University.  Conducted by Dr. Bensen who has newly joined the staff at SJSU, it was magnificent.  The last of the three pieces was Beethoven’s Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op.80. which was sung in German but in translation speaks to the harmonies of life, love, strength and beauty, and how music engenders the wonderful.  It certainly did. And when we walked outside into the light of the the super full moon…well, it was sheer perfection.

SJSU concert choir and orchestra inside the Santa Clara Mission

Now, back working and after retrieving the silkworms from their weekend caretakers (thanks delia,cory,& cylus!) here is how they were looking yesterday:

lean mean (mulberry) eating machines

And after returning the fermentation vat is still going strong (my favorite).  I stopped at the San Jose Quilt Museum’s May Day Sale and found some vintage cotton threads that I overdyed in the F-vat (indigo crop update in the background):

Oh, and I almost forgot this…an idea for silk cocoons and percussionists  gleaned from my visit to the San Miguel Archangel Mission and some research on the Salinian Indians that lived in that area. I love visiting that mission.  Something keeps drawing me back to it.  Eventually, I will figure out what and why.  We actually visited 4 missions on this trip: San Miguel Archangel, San Juan Bautista, Santa Clara, & Santa Barbara missions- a great way to break up the driving and see some history. And the little volvo that could drove like the champ that it is-getting us everywhere without the assistance of AAA! YAY!

Now , I have several days of ribbon dyeing to get done so off to work…

mata ne!