That's right board not bored. No time in my life to ever be bored. I was walking down the street yesterday when I noticed a neighbour had placed some items by the curbside. An old sewing machine caught my eye but as I approached closer I saw something I have been wanting for a very long time, a vintage wooden ironing board. It had a dirty old cover on it with very cool metal spring pieces to hold it in place instead of the usual purse string. It is beautiful and I couldn't be happier. I put it to use on the porch immediately as evening approached and I decided to start cutting feathers out of the plant dyed felt I talked about yesterday. I will be using them in some hand stitched pieces I am working on for the december show at gallery hanahou in NYC. They are going to be wearable and based on the concept of native medicine shields. I am really excited to work on these.
I will post more pictures as the process develops. Enjoy the last few days of August. My favorite season is soon approaching.
After the raid that happened in between soccer games yesterday:
I am almost certain it was the "brown squirrel gang" . Were they thinking it was crystal meth nuts?? Or perhaps they were just looking for color inspiration to redecorate their nests. I would be pleased to help them if they promised not to live in my attic ever again.
What a delicious high fiber sandwich it makes.
The materials used for dyeing from top to bottom were:
tanacetum vulgare and orange mycena
mystery bush ( the squirrels stole the label and I can't recall what it was)
mystery solved thanks to Andrea's suggestion
it was cornus stolonifera ( a dogwood species) ( no idea how I could have forgotten that:)
There you have my amateurish musings on natural dyeing on a sunday morning.
I love how the thick mushroom spore print I made a few days ago echoes the color , shape and pattern of a ocean dweller, a sand dollar. Not surprising since it is really all about mathematical sequences but it did cause me to pause and appreciate it's extreme beauty.
I reprinted the same mushroom cap on black but it is very faint since there were few spores left. I will try to find a perfect fresh sample this weekend to try again. I think it would look so beautiful on black and then I might even be able to use it to make a print.
On the other side of the house ( the backyard) the natural dyeing lab is open, with wool felt being dyed for a future project.
It was a beautiful night yesterday for the first in a series of soccer games to finish off the season. I caught this picture of the ref just before the second half started.
The weekend was almost over and I had an overwhelming feeling that I had not been very creative. Sure I had enjoyed my family, helped prepare and eat some lovely meals, cleaned up a little, opened some most amazing gifts from afar, read a little, taken some walks when it wasn't pouring rain, snapped some photographs but I hadn't made anything with my own two hands, or at least nothing I could show. So I grabbed three stones off the porch in varying sizes of smooth greyness, some vintage crochet thread in a faded red and natural and my teeny tiny crochet hook and started hooking and pulling.
I hope everyone's weekend is going well. It is raining here on and off but mostly on. Good day for errands and chores and looking in the garden for snails. I just had to share this littlest one with you.
Arwen is being so sweet and affectionate today.
Good day to curl up with the kitties and a good book in the late afternoon.