I am just beginning to “unpack” the content and experiences I had last week at Arrowmont in Catharine Ellis’ Natural Dye workshop. The volume of information we were introduced to, along with the actual practices we were absorbing, was tremendous and overwhelming – towards the end of the week it was almost as if a bomb had exploded in my brain – an indigo-cochineal-weld-ferrous bomb – shaken, stirred, dissolved, precipitated…I feel like the cloth we worked with – now primed to soak up as much as I can following this most intensive week of learning! I am so grateful to Catharine for making the space and providing the energy for this experience…I am also indebted to the fabulous workshop participants whose individual contributions to the body of understanding were, for me, an essential part of the process. I am overflowing with joy and an urgent desire to get to work!! First up: my organic indigo vat. Meanwhile, here are some images from the week (click on a thumbnail to open the gallery). Many thanks to Jane Cooper for supplying a few of these images.
I'll be showing wearable work tomorrow 12/2 and Saturday, 12/3 - visit @out.of.our.hands.art.sale for times and location (and @petalunacollection for more images from this facet of my practice).🌀
Back home and back to work but still thinking about beautiful Guanajuato, its surrounding wilds, and friends (old and new) there. I have been to this City many times but there is always more to experience, learn, and love. I look forward to returning as soon as I can!
Some views from Guanajuato City 🏼☀️🌸
Between wearable projects, more pigment exploration. Indigo, ink, gold leaf (detail)
Banana leaf transition.
Stayed long enough for each of us to check the other out before disappearing. 🌀
Remnants of a tree long fallen have become host to a wide variety of shelf-fungi...slowly breaking things down.
In-progress. Not sure whether I'm working towards or working through, but either way, evolving.