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euc in the house

I missed a week at ACAD–summer holidays with the Greyman, and some serious Garden Hard time, both necessary things, and also time to think on things. If the school studio is too cool now for my favourite processes, what else can i do?

My favourite eucalyptus in “in season” again–that means it’s an import, as it just doesn’t grow in Alberta! One of the perks of working in the fffFlower Mines means access to things that just aren’t available in my garden or neighbourhood. There *are* certain “go-to’s” i can pick fresh, but the majority of plant materials that give satisfying results are neither “native” nor zone 3 hardy.

Yesterday i stitched in the home studio while these were percolating.

Two euc “trees” 🙂

 

LOVE this silk:

 

It was a good day.

 

 

 

 

FybreSpace re-opening

Or maybe i should say “RE-re-opening”!!!!! I’m tired of fighting with the coding between Paypal and Blogger, so i’ve gone back to BigCartel. Same address as the “old/previous” shop, but a new look, hopefully, enticing new and old customers 🙂

The shop is here, so please bookmark it!!!

 

day three res

Of course, usually by the time i post, it’s another day, in fact two days past, but………. This is part of the game, of what i do, hurry up and wait, no instant gratification, nightmares (yes!), anticipation and hoofies crossed SO tight.

(These are a mix of the two day’s results.)

Most are detail shots as that’s where the devil beauty is.

I have to start thinking about what will come of all this for the end of residency exhibition. This is Contextural’s 10th anniversary, but the theme is open this time, as we all work so differently. And i also realized that this is my 6th residency! (Although my very first one in 2009 was a self induced bust….i signed up for 3 months then too, all excited and drooling, and showed up TWO days, because i had NO idea what i wanted to do!!!!!!)

EDIT: got my idea/s last night as i was falling asleep 🙂

On Monday, i’ll be firing up an indigo vat there (two at home already, but impossible for me to transport by bus and train ), because, because, believe it or not, OMG, there are some participants who have never done indigo!

PS The rabbit showed up again, and was offended because i had nothing Rabbity to share, and YAWNED at me! Henceforth, he shall be Paul Bunyawn, ’cause he is a big rabbit 🙂

 

 

 

res starts today

Three months this time, lots of fabulous fabrics to create, and lots of stitching planned.

Previous years:

 

discoveries

Now if i can just do this again…………

 

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Dyeing, Ecoprints and Natural Dyes

 

as the daylight dyes

above, euc on silk with brazilwood

below, right chemical vat, left 123 vat, quite a difference

previous peony ecoprint fail, then overdyed with brazilwood, then dipped in 123 vat:

oak, madder and tannin on silk, in brazilwood:

failed osier ecoprint with bits of euc (?) dipped in brazilwood:

failed osier on silk ecoprint, brazilwood and 123 indigo:

maple ecoprint on silk, brazilwood, 123 indigo:

lots of pretty colours, copious notes made, pre-testing for res

time for supper

 

indi-yes-go!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, apparently all i had to do was wait ONE more day for the vat to actually work, the chemical one at least. (The 123 is a whole different waxed can of balled worms….)

A lovely lovely LOVELY “flower”:

I see some new Indigo Moons happening!