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Lichen and Indigo : day 10

We've been at this dyeing and weaving thing for a while now. I live and breathe at the loom. I've never worked at a standing loom before, and my lower back took a toll everyday. I have to admit, as much as a serene, and total gift this whole experience was, there was still some… Continue reading Lichen and Indigo : day 10

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Lichen Hike : day 9

This was such a special morning for me. One of the colors I was drawn to for my rug design was this warm bold orange. Demetrio uses a Usnea lichen for this that grows in ABUNDANCE up in the mountains not too far from where we were. It's a routine trek he takes up there… Continue reading Lichen Hike : day 9

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Brazil Wood, Marigolds and the Village Market : day 8

I've used Brazilwood a few times recently but in powered form that I purchased from Fancy Tiger Crafts. The whole process went well and it felt extremely precious. Brazilwood is a hard wood and can only be found in southern countries. It's also a bit hard to come by. The pieces of wood Demetrio obtains… Continue reading Brazil Wood, Marigolds and the Village Market : day 8

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Dyeing with Annatto Seeds and Pomegranate Rinds : day 7

I fell in love with both of these dye stuffs. I had used ground powered pomegranate only once before for a commission piece for a museum replica on Chinese woven silk, many moons ago. It was a fun experience and I remember working so carefully with lightening the shades each time. Using it here in… Continue reading Dyeing with Annatto Seeds and Pomegranate Rinds : day 7

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Dyeing with Huizache; day 6.5

It's 2020 and I'm still working through all these posts. But it's fine. I knew the Christmas vacation would create a giant sink hole in my creative life. But here I am on the other side and we are still alive. I realized with these posts that i forgot some fun info about day 6.… Continue reading Dyeing with Huizache; day 6.5

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Pecan and Zapote Leaf Dyeing : day 5

I'm sitting in my cozy home now. I just helped R with his trains. He wanted to tape them together. He's really into tape. I end up tracking pieces of it everywhere around the house. My slippers make a "speck, speck, speck" noise as I shuffle around the house dodging legos and baby dolls. I… Continue reading Pecan and Zapote Leaf Dyeing : day 5

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Market and Wild Chamomile dyeing : day 4

How I LOOOOVE exploring new places by shopping. I don't care what kind of shop I'm in or discover, I want to check it out. After our hearty breakfast, we caught the bus right outside the B&B to Tlacolula Sunday market. Here they have EVERYTHING. And I came back with EVERYTHING. The smells of roasting… Continue reading Market and Wild Chamomile dyeing : day 4

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Oaxaca Journey : day 1

This trip has been two years in the making. Traveling with close fiber friends to learn from master dyer & weaver Demetrio Bautista Lazo of Teatitl├ín De Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. I first met Demetrio in 2010 in my first year as an instructor at Medomak Fiber Arts Retreat in Washington, Maine. I had done only… Continue reading Oaxaca Journey : day 1

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Sketching = therapy

My background is in visual art. I never wanted to do anything else. With two degrees behind me, learned skills, experiences, favorite and not so favorite artists learned and nearly memorized by site, travel, and now a family of my own, I still always long to just study light. And movement. Water. And trees. Flowers.… Continue reading Sketching = therapy