My wearable art business Mariposa Artisan Textiles entered its 4th year officially with the Beacon Hill Open House this past weekend. My gracious host, Patty O’Keefe Hutton (www.contemporaryicons.com), created a beautiful nest for both myself and Michelle Jordan (www.jordanclaystudio.com) within which to present our work, and the result was a wonderfully blended and complementary mix. Thank you to all who dropped by to say hello and see the latest pieces!!….Moving into the present, I am “back in the saddle” with a full production schedule ahead. The felt keeps rolling and the dyepots flow. I am also preparing to teach, in mid-October, the first of two nuno felt workshops. Much is evolving, in-flux and indeed progressing, at Studio Mariposa. This is an expansive time as much energy is directed toward building work and being out in the world. However, I’m determined to find the space and time for deeper reflection. With an open heart, I move forward.
First madderroot (and ferrous) print samples completed! More process info in today’s IG story. **If you are in the ATL area and want to learn more, I’m teaching my first workshop of the year on printing/painting with natural dyes March 20-22 at the #sefaa center. It will be part in-person/part remote. Check out @sefiberarts / fiberartsalliance.org for more info. Space is limited.
A last look at my madder extraction process - such an amazing color, at least at this stage!
In addition to working with Madderoot this week, I’m working with wax resists again. Playing with marks in preparation for a more planned session. Images (one array and 3 side-by-side composites) in the stack are all post-steam and wash. Soy wax and fiber-reactive dyes.
First extraction (c.4L), with straining cloth.
Dried Madder-Root extraction (30%)- for direct application (thickening for print/paint). I will eventually have 3 sample sets at 3 strengths for comparison.
Madder-Root (Rubia spp.) - dried root (coarse and fine), along with a concentrated powdered extract. Ready to get started!
January always feels like an opportunity to reset. Winter contracts. Interior calls. Partially immersed, work progresses at a different pace until, all at once, I am compelled to emerge from this little cocoon. For now though, time to take stock, drink in inspiration, clean, plan...and of course, continue quietly working.
Healing work is calling.
Onward. Affirm the good.