This batch of cloth work, an eclectic mix of naturally dyed pretties,
was produced in one afternoon by six pairs of hands
it just makes my heart sing.
With kind permission from the Lopez dyers,
I'm showing their work today. Oddly enough, seeing it assembled like this
- one big joyous riot of color & bold experimentation -
well, it kinda makes me feel a bit emotional.
This is history. Our history.
And what began as a shibori stitching group now has evolved into
a group of rather passionate natural dyers
[still some shibori, mind you, but no longer the main focus].
In two+ short years there has been some mighty fine dye mileage,
if I do say so.
From metals to mordants,
to in-the-pot-too-long ...
the dye waters have been tested, cursed and blessed.
But mostly blessed.
These are from last summer, late July,
It was to be our last dye session before the workshop.
Two pots were set on the boil; a 3rd pot, an afterthought with peach leaves, was added later
and for a real treat,
vat pail was also on hand.
Here was the blog post I wrote about the day, caught red handed .
These photos are what they made ...
... a group favorite from the day ... beautiful greens from the peach leaves.
This to me is the very best of what comes from working [playing !] in a group
of like-minded friends,
where each person
brings their own creative desires and wishes to the day,
yet throws them into the big collective idea pot
so that everyone
grows richer from the combined ingredients.
... for photo buffs: all pix shot with Hipstamatic app on iPhone
Loftus lens + Ina's 1969 film