Well, we didn’t make it to Zion today as we had planned, but we are pretty close to our destination. Tonight we are spending the night in a cold area called Caliente, but we are pretty cozy. Our meals were much better than last night and now Keith and I are swapping photos. We had a wonderful day. We stopped on the south side of Mono Lake in a place called South Tufa. The place looks like a lunar landscape. Impressive! We drove through the State of Nevada. I love the desert. Everything is big and majestic. Big and intense blue skies, unending landscapes, big, big boulders, thousands of Joshua Tress that goes for miles and miles, the valleys make me feel small and insignificant. Did I say that I love the desert?
Well, I will leave it here for now. It is complicated trying to write a post on the Ipad and seriously, I’m starting to get jealous at Keith’s pictures…
This was a fun experiment. I finished this piece a few days ago, but I’ve been collecting the leaves since last summer. Lately, when I go to my friends house I observe their gardens and neighborhoods in a different way. I try to spot plants that can be used for dyeing. I just discovered a nice ginkgo tree in Point Reyes near the Creamery and I think I can get nice prints with the leaves and using iron as a mordant.
I finished my piece on time getting it submitted for an exhibition at the Bolinas Museum for their Annual Miniature Show, but I wish I had more time to let the bundles cure a little longer, and get more defined prints of the leaves onto the felted fabric. The maple leaves left a nice imprint, but surprisingly not with the eucalyptus, although I’ve been thinking that it depends of the porosity of the fabric.
I would like to try next time with cotton and see what kind of prints I can get.
In the next few days I will posting an invitation for a Christmas Holiday Party that my friends and I will be hosting here at my house. Each of them will have a booth, offering their hand-made goods for sale. I’m so excited, because my friend Sophie Webb which wrote and illustrated the book “Far From Shore” with great reviews by the NY Times, will be join us to sell her art work, prints and books, so please, stay tuned.
And this will be my last show for the year, at the Bazaar Bizarre on December 3 and 4th at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco. Booth 177. I love that the event is for FREE. I don’t understand why people should pay to go shopping when they are trying to support crafters.
I’m cranking on the dyeing, although since this is a craft fair, I’m kind of guessing what to bring with me. It will be definitely a learning experience. I need to dye some wool locks, card batts and try to have a little bit of everything and see what will sell. In the meanwhile, I managed to spin a couple of skeins for a client in Canada.
It came out well balanced which can be a challenge when spinning single ply yarns.
Well, this is the time of the year when we get to stop and be thankful for what we have and who we are. I want to thank my family, my wonderful and loving husband, my dear friends (Yes you! I know you are snooping), my great costumers that supported my shop for another year, my aches pains and, because of your gentle way of reminding me to slow down, and for being able to breath every day which I consider to be these days a privilege.