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.
Next in a series.
Processed (steamed, wax removed, washed, rinsed and dried). Matchbook arrangements of two separate but similar hue sets. I’m feeling a decidedly kaleidoscopic vibe from this wave of work...☀️
Continuing my wax-resist interlude. This cloth is for my 2021 wearable collection (see @petalunacollection for more).
More painted wax-resist samples (freshly applied dye paste).
Painted wax-resist samples, set 1 (before steaming and washing - so super-saturated!).
Cut/paste/splice/match/reverse/replace/filter - playing with images of wax-resisted and dyed paper as I regroup for a new round of work.
Natural dye workshop on my mind...a peek at some of the dyes we’ll be working with on March 20th.
Mentioned in my last post - here is the official promo! This is my first workshop of the year - printing/painting with natural dyes March 20-22 at the #sefaa center (Chamblee/Atlanta) It will be part in-person/part remote. Check out @sefiberarts / fiberartsalliance.org for more info. Space is limited.
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.