I’m thinking about inspiration and how creativity happens in our intersections (conscious and unconscious) with the “natural world.” There are few things more direct in their ability to shift us out of our normal way of interacting with ourselves, others and the “mother of all mothers,” than when faced with a dramatic change in the weather and landscape. The chemistry of snow, the meteorological fact of snow, pales in comparison to the subtlety, the sublimity of it – the way it can calm and quiet us, and also the way it energizes us and draws us outside to move about in it. Snow is one of those events that invites us, if we are so inclined, to move beyond “looking” and see, feel the deeper significance of a thing. How we actually do that is unique to each of us, yet we also share a cellular memory of that significance and are all supported by it as trees in a forest support each other at the roots (to paraphrase Rumi). When we access the creative process or the result of that process, we are accessing that shared support. Nature. Sun comes up. Snow retreats. Icicles shed their mass. Birds, squirrels, worms and humans all go about their daily activities. Nature is us.
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.