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.
Capturing Indigo from recently dipped piece. Indigo Spring.🌀Getting ready for a couple of shows this weekend. See my Story for more details.🌸
More Indigo Spring…
Indigo pigment as paint - getting a feel for it. Part of “Indigo Spring”.☀️
Indigo Spring emergents. Just getting started.☺️🌀
Otherworldly. I’ve been working with #indigodyeing this week (see my story for details on the process and finished pieces). I can’t help but be intrigued by random drip patterns on the paper I use to move the vat “flower” aside while I’m dyeing.
I am overflowing with inspiration - head working faster than my body can manifest. Am content with process being it’s own reward.