The eco printing season here in Minnesota is about to end. Some trees are bare, others still hanging on to a few leaves, and a few species have yet to release their foliage. Many blossoms are gone but others, such as the marigolds, zinnia, and cosmos are still happy and going strong. Once we have a freeze, though, the leaves and blossoms will no longer be able to call to me to asking to be preserved by eco printing on paper or fabric. When this moment arrives I feel both regret and reliefRead More
I came back from a textile workshop in Spain so inspired that I have barely stopped to take a breath. I added no adjectives in front of “workshop” because I find it difficult to find one that conveys the depth of passion I feel for this workshop and this experienceRead More
Today I forayed into another type of indigo vat. I had a little package of pre-reduced indigo crystals that a mail order company had sent me as a free gift the first time I placed an order with them. I called the company to ask if it was natural or synthetic indigo. I left a message but got no reply. I looked up the indigo on their website and it was listed under Natural Dyes so I reasoned that it must be the former. As I was mixing up the vat, it wasn't turning the yellowish green that it was supposed to so I again called the company.Read More
This winter I’ve been spending my studio (aka basement) time mostly wet felting. I was honored to be commissioned to fill an 8 x 11 foot wall space with felted landscapes for a winter show at Gallery 360 in Minneapolis. Over the holiday season Gallery 360 also featured my wet felted animal toys, holiday decorations, cat toys, vessels and eco-printed cards. I also felted vessels for several shops in the Twin Cities, including Three Rooms in Edina and Fleur de Lis, a flower shop in Saint Paul. Once the holidays were over andI had a bit more creative free time, I dyed some silk scarves to be ready for eco printing in spring and then got back to something I’d done twice in workshops and only once at home and wanted to try again– indigo dyeing.Read More
I knew it had been too long since I'd made a blog entry but hadn't realized it had been just under a year! It's time to begin writing again.
After a winter of creating felted tapestries, dolls, animals, bowls, hats and gnomes I switched to my new summer passion - eco printing. Last October I took a class in which we eco printed felted hats we'd made. I eco printed a few more felted items and silk scarves until the first hard freeze and then the leaves were gone for the season. But as soon as I noticed the wild geranium leaves turning green under the melting snow I began eco printing again.Read More