The weather here in the Santa Cruz Mountains has been just about perfect. Nice sunny days. While most of the nation seems to be sweltering or braving wind storms we are being blessed.
I've been in the studio dye printing pieces of silk fabrics and ribbon. I became enamored with this process I learned from India Flint's book "Eco-Colour". I have been trying to take one of India's workshops but things keep getting in the way to make that not happen. I feel that when it's the right time we'll meet and I will be able to study with her. It seems India isn't just teaching a technique but a way of life. The ecology of gathering dye materials and using what we have available and to protect the environment in our own personal lives.
Below are some images of my results. I am teaching two classes at Art Unraveled, See them here. One an evening class dyeing silk ribbon and fabric strips using coffee, tea, onion skins, a few surprise leaves and flowers. The other is a day and a half class which will be more in depth, using larger pieces to experiment with, and a final project of dyeing scarves. I would love for you to join me! This is the 10th year anniversary of Art Unraveled and I know Linda has a lot of fun events planned for the week. Come for a class or ten, at least attend vendor day on Sat., or stop in to check out the activities.
Friends and family have sent messages that they have gotten their copy of Belle Armoire (where I'm the feature designer) in the mail or purchased it at local bookstores so the summer issue is out! I have not gotten my copy yet and can hardly wait to see it in person so I'll drive to town and visit my bookstore tomorrow. I know there are some fabulous artists in this issue and Stampington Press always has wonderful photos and interesting articles.
I've decided to continue my Etsy sale until I leave for Art Unraveled on July 31. The code is still BELLE ARMOIRE. This sale is for both my shops l.a.s.fibers and wayward threads . Be sure to check back tomorrow as I'll be adding items to both shops today.
A little bad news to end with. My classes at Art Is You Petaluma have been canceled due to low registration. Wah! I was really looking forward to teaching these two new classes. I still plan to come to the retreat to sell on vendor day so if you're in the area or attending Art is You please stop by my booth and say hello!
I hope your summer is full of great experiences and memory making!