I'm still working on my book. I'm working intensely, and seeing the finishing line at the horizon, writing becomes more an obsession. To be honest, I want it finished. Rather sooner than later. I feel the need to work with my hands again but don't have the quietness of mind that allows me to do it. So my creative work is mostly in my head right now.
One idea I had was to collect the colours of my surroundings over the months. And so I will begin with the colours of January (shortly before it melts into February)
No snow. No whites. Browns and a surprising amount of green.
It's so wet. Moss is growing everywhere. Usually, where I live is a rather dry place. Get a humindity of 50% and people will begin to whine how humid it is. But we had mostly rain for the past 2 months. The forest paths are muddy and the meadows are swampy. Luckily the forest ground still soaks it up. And the moss grows.
And then there are the ivy berries. Huge clusters. Must be the rain.
Feeding the black birds and the starlings.
And sometimes you can find some yellow remnant of a puff-ball fungus standing eerie looking in between the dry leaves. Already algae are growing on it.
I uploaded the informations of my online class into my new English shop The Elfin Dip.
The class will take place in a closed wordpress blog between April 15th and June 20th 2015. I will explore the possibilities of immersion dyeing, printing and painting with natural dyes on cotton and linen fabrics and yarns (with a side dish of silk fabrics). As online classes go, I will provide you with the necessary informations in pictures (still and moving) and in written and spoken word. And you will have the opportunity to experiment at home, ask me questions, and show your works. Or just silently participate, watching and lurking. Just as you wish. Though I'd prefer some non-silent participants, it makes my teachings so much easier.
No prior knowledge of natural dyeing is necessary.