Not goodbye to my blog this September but certainly goodbye to the studio and garden at 20W. The Blue Heron came to say farewell:
Spent all of August and September so far sorting, packing, recycling, chucking out:
Of course, I saved a stack or two of this summer's printed textiles for blog pics. July was basically my last month working in the studio, racing to finish eco printing wools for an article in the British “Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers” (www.thejournalforwsd.org.uk); making sure to use up all the iris leaves in my garden to make paper and the frozen irisvblooms to print book pages and cloth; finally, printing up silk that had been soaking for weeks in alum water.
First, the wool ( a recap of last blog post):
Wools eco printed with iron, maples, sumac, coreopsis and prunus cistena. Now for the silks:
Prunus cistena and coreopsis, above.
Rose, marigold, iron, sumac, prunus c.:
Coreopsis verticillata, rhus typhina, “Purple Passion” apple slices:
Rugosa rose, prunus cistena, iron, sumac:
Tagetes, iron, prunus:
Rhus typhina, Coreopsis v., Rosa rugosa:
Tagetes, Prunus cistena, Eucalyptus globulus:
As above, with “Purple Passion” apple slices.
The Story Table.
Witness to the spinning and weaving of many life-tales ( and plenty of unravelling, too) this (five-dollar) school library table was rescued and gifted to us 40 years ago…Oh, it has seen and heard many a story…For the new house, it will get a face lift but it will always remain our communion table:
Here we all are, as we are on Labour Day 2013, saying goodbye after a final meal as a family in our home of 35 years and celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary.
Clockwise from the tallest: Shlomo, Shannon, Sarah, Scott, Hannah, Matthew and Wendy. Seated ( L to R) : Nemo the Lab, Dylan, Noah, Layla.
Next up? Making art in Umbria, Italy!
Off to spend the month of October experimenting with the dye properties of plants in Umbria along with bookbinding traditions there as well as papermaking…Will be posting from Mount Subasio near Assisi.