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There arises a circle…

There is really something special about receiving a handmade gift from someone who used what they purchased from me to make it.  It returns to me transformed. It has new life and energy that has been added.  It reminds me why I do what I do and why I enjoy it.  When I send something out I get to wonder what will become of it.  Sometimes I receive emails with photos or links showing what folks have done or made with their purchases.  I receive stories. Some are simple and heartwarming, some are funny, some are sad, and some are transformative. They are all good. There arises a circle -like the moon, a give and take -like the tides, that connects us.  So although it hardly seems enough for all these riches, I want to thank you once again. Thanks for sharing your abundance of creativity-with me and all the others in your lives.

indigo moon detail by Therese S-H

indigo moon detail by Therese S-H

mounted on a card, many tiny stitches on indigo and pommegranate by Therese S-H

mounted on a card, many tiny stitches on indigo and pomegranate by Therese S-H

When I make new things I explore them a bit knowing that once I add them to my shop offerings  the receivers will expound upon my ideas or create their own- even better and more wonderfully creative things.  This has been an intention of mine for a long time now. I wondered why-how I came to it. I’ve had a lot of years to come to understand why that is- too much to explain in a simple post.  It’s enough for me to understand it in my own life.

I returned here the other day to reread this post upon the news that my favorite ceramist Harrison McIntosh passed away locally at the age of 101. You can read about his life here. I can’t really add much to all that has been written about him and his life/work except to say that I have really admired his ability to integrate the two things seamlessly (and perhaps a message to him to tell Woody I said hello).

Harrison McIntosh (screen capture from Google)

Harrison McIntosh (screen capture from Google)

And if all this isn’t enough, with everything that has been going on here I did not do my usual announcing or my upcoming (this weekend!) workshop at the JANM.  We will be focusing on mandalas on vintage silks and there are still spots available.  You can sign up here through the museum-and I apologize for the late notice here.
JanmThere’s more, but enough for now…

mata ne!

how far is infinity?

This book Arimatsu Shibori-A Japanese Tradition of Indigo (now out of print and expensive to obtain but check with a good library) accompanied me on my trip to the cabin where I also had the pleasure of reading three other books:

Kira-Kira (thanks Jan from Japan for recommending it!)
Yokota Officers Club (thanks sis for this one! brought back lots of memories!)
and lastly,
Turning Japanese (stumbled on this myself while looking for the previous two)

(all were ordered from paperbackswap.com where you can recycle your books and CD’s for the cost of postage alone and spare the planet a little grief)

Here’s how I read them:
floating in a canoe on a lake far far away from everything.
pure bliss. (thanks to vic & yvonne for sharing this special place with me and my family these past 10 years- it’s been a gift of the highest order and we are grateful)

As I mentioned on FB sometime back when my status said I was “disappearing” and Jan asked if I was “dyeing away” I managed to pack a bit of dye in the bag and deliciously dabble with it and some silk. I came away with this:
fun to play around with some stitched shibori and experiment a bit in complete solitude.



(these were done using the Colorhue dyes which are great for dabbling and “instant” results. Great to travel with- kind of like taking along a sketchpad. I have a few left from the recent workshops and put them up for sale on the etsy site.)

Way back 😉 in 2006 , when I first started this blog I photographed my first shibori pieces on this rock. I made my first shibori samples at the cabin here in 2006. Every year I return to my sacred shibori rock in the woods I cover it with a new piece of work. And take a photo. I recently looked at a few of those first pieces and took stock of the distance traveled between the two points. I am satisfied with the progress so far but realize how much further one can take this if desired.
As Buzz Lightyear would say, “to infinity and beyond!”.

That is shibori for you- that’s life!

As I write this post I realize that this week is the 3 year mark of my writing this blog. I almost didn’t notice the years have flown by so! Hardly seems possible. So many moons ago.

And almost as if in celebration of this date (Aug 29), my article in Belle Armoire has been published. It will hit store shelves Sept 1 I am told. If you are a subscriber, you already have your copy. Much thanks to Jenny and especially Amanda (who is the new Managing Editor ! YAY!) and their lovely photographer Johanna Love. thankyou thankyou thankyou.

-in appreciation and gratitude to everyone who has encouraged and inspired me these past three years,