opening my mind

I spent a week in January at Summer School in Ballarat with Roxanne Lasky, it was mindful and fulfilling experience.

explore

open mind

think about thinking

value silence

finding my pathways ….. in landscape and cross roads …. mapping my thoughts with stitch

my take on topography #pathway #topography #meander

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And just a a couple of weeks ago I spent 3 days with India Flint on Mount Tamborine “being (t)here” workshop.

Another sublime experience …… more words ….. they now sing in my head

I have never been a wordy soul…. oral yes, and now around me I see and feel words.

I was almost too afraid to attend a “being (t) here” workshop as the idea of poetry , albeit lack of it in my life was going to put me in a scary space.

India has an amazing talent and is an engaging teacher, I have come away from my three days of  freedom to explore with a new spin on my ability to see and hear through new eyes and ears.

the hands of a master #beingthere #indiaflint

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joys of purple carrot

While the weather is hot I find it arduous to boil up a big pot. Simplifying things down to jar size has been fun. Purple carrot has become a bit of a star along with Coriopsis flowers.

I have been using up small scraps of material and embroidery thread which is silk and is available on my Etsy Store.

The next few photos show the colour shift and oxidation of the purple carrot from wet to dry then after washing.

 

two more jars filled with goodness #stuffsteepstore #naturaldye #silk #thread #wool

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This is wet and just out of the jar pre boiled and sat outside for not quite a month. I have put one in storage and do plan to leave it for a whole year, silk boxer shorts with eucalyptus and flowers from my Christmas bouquet.

Now to my surprise this is the colour shift a couple of hours latter…..

Then I washed and pressed the pieces cotton, silk velvet, wool jersey that had previously  been bundle dyed and thread silk and wool.

washed, dried and pressed #purplecarrot #naturaldye #silk #wool #cotton #etsy

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my new jacket

A dear friend gifted this probably almost vintage Trent Nathan wool jacket, and boy what a challenge ! I had this gem in my  wardrobe for some time and alas I will need it as I am off to Melbourne and then out to Traralgon for a 3 day workshop with Cas Holmes ( I’m very excited ) The bundle was hard work but worth the arm / hand strain

 

 

to be featured @ the ekka

A couple of posts ago I had mentioned that I had been invited to contribute to the  RNA Brisbane Exhibition’s Agricultural Pavilion – Gardens Platform  Horti-Couture
Wearing your Garden catwalk parade at the Ekka ( Brisbane’s Show / Agricultural Fair )

Well I have ….. and the first parade is on at lunchtime Saturday 9th then Wednesday 13th then again on Saturday 16th.

I have made a dress from a deconstructed wool polo ( a skill well taught by India Flint and the Shape Shifter workshop), a pinafore from a man’s shirt and wool leggings with a linen skirt. I do hope that Bettina can send me some photos of the models… but here is a sneak preview

coming soon to my etsy shop

Well a year has flown by and  I am in a quandary over the Etsy dilemma…. so I have tried to produce an item that I can reproduce easily and not have to keep updating with new photos etc… etc …. anyone with an Etsy store will now what I am talking about. So this is my start in that direction hand made silk string ( taught to me by India Flint) with aged pegs with the help of Lisa Jordan  to ……”peg up your dreams and affirmations ” PS they are now in store

pinafore

I have a stash of men’s shirts in all sorts of shapes, sizes and fabrics. I have taken the scissor challenge and chopped into them aka India Flints book Second Skin. India did show us at the last workshop I did in Stamford Valley. Alas the style is not for me I have too much bust for it to suit, that does not stop me trying it out Number One has found a home ( sorry no photos ) Number two is divine a silk shirt of excellent quality, and it is in the dye pot now.I have used some of the leaves from my journey south and some from my own  Euc Cinerea tree. While the pot is on I cannot boil one bundle it seems wasteful of time and energy so the rest of the baby cotton / wool vests are in, I have soya milk mordant them to see if I get a shift in the colour take up ?

 

Triffid Tomatoes

On my lead up to Zest Fest, Open Studio and Shape Shifter with India I have neglected our vege patch…… lucky for me tomatoes are like Triffids I picked 1.3 kg of  red and yellow and pear and round Tomatoes !!! The orchard is also over flowing at this time of year thus the name Zest Fest for our community festival ….. we have Seville Orange, Blood Orange, Mandarins and Limes at the moment ( no scurvy in this house)

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