Working with local natural dyes, the concept of a seasonal color palette is connected to what the weather and growing conditions offer in the ecosystems I inhabit. 2019 was an extra challenging season not only for farmed dyes, but also the dry fall meant very few fruiting patches of dye mushrooms. But black walnuts were very plentiful! This palette that I’m about to start knitting with combines warms and cools from small quantities of farmed and foraged stuffs, with a whole range of earthy browns from black walnut hulls, and complemented by some natural fiber neutrals. • #localcolor #seasonalpalette #naturaldyes #artecology #fromtheland #slowclothing
Gazing dreamily at freshly dipped indigo is really about as wonderful as being on one of those beaches with luminous aqua water.. • Letting go / business shortfall alert: I’ve had a little note on my website saying that the online store will be back about now. Well, it’s not. Sorry! As a one person show here, I’m deciding to stay focused on creative work in preparation for two big upcoming shows. It just takes so much time to photograph and update the website. But if you’ve been waiting for that, you can always email me and I can send some quick snaps of what’s available. • #almostabeach #luminosity #creativesmallbusiness #naturaldyes
Somewhere in between the plants, animals and hats. • #process #indigo #artistgrown #slowclothing #naturaldyed #yarnlove
I’m working with my amazing spinning mill to develop a new yarn for lining some of the hats and headbands. I’m hoping this non-wool lining will work better for people with curly hair that gets damaged by wool, and also for those with a wool allergy. • I’m leaning towards the 10% silk / 90% local fine grade alpaca because it is both luxuriously soft and silky smooth, and the knit structure is a pretty close match to the wool blend that will remain the outside dyed fiber. I know it still won’t work for everyone, but it’s a step. Let me know your thoughts! • I will have some of the new pieces with me in Baltimore the end of February and at the Smithsonian in April. • #customerfeedback #yarndesign #luxuryfiber #localfiber #knithats #alpacasilk #woolallergy #fibersensitivity
Indigo dyeing in my studio in the winter is a bit like ice fishing. Lots of standing around in the cold, looking at this hole (vat), and once in a while I pull something exciting out 🐟! Pic 1: Hello frozen vat Pic 2: Pure blue gold pigment slurry saved from my summer harvest Pic 3: Thawed, revived, replenished vat Pic 4: Lots o little blue fishy skeins.. (but I’m going to throw them back in!) . . #indigodyeing #winterstudio #naturaldyeing #backtowork #workisplay
At my house, 2019 began with a rainbow and ended with an ice storm. Weather events that I’ll read as metaphors for the extremes of the battered hope so many of us around the world live with these days. May 2020 contain more beauty, peace and love, less hate and avoidable pain, for all beings.