I think getting laid off is probably the best thing that has happened in a very long time. Yes it’s scary, but lets face it, the job sucked, for a very long time. Now I have a chance to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
It also gave me time to help Cindy and Glenn set up the kimono exhibit. The opening was a week ago Saturday and I can say it was an overwhelming success. We were hoping 100 people would come… it was well over 300! The Kimonos looked spectacular.
2.5 million stitches I estimate and months of work. I really looks spectacular hanging on the wall.
This one is paint on silk – gorgeous. You can also get a glimpse of the kimono racks that my friend Bob built. These racks are amazing. All done with japanese joinery techniques and not a screw, nail or bolt in sight.
The exhibit goes on until the first Saturday in June, and there are lots of things scheduled on the remaining Saturdays. This coming Saturday is the Netsuke lecture.
I have also been busy at the studio and at home trying my hand at Natural Dyeing. I found the book Natural Dyeing by Jackie Crook to be very user friendly and the photography is fantastic.
We started out with Cochineal. Using different mordants and assists I got a huge range of colors.
Then we experimented with Turmeric
I now have red cabbage brewing on the stove for the next dye bath and Cindy had onion skins stewing on her stove. I’m not sure which smells worse… I think the cabbage.
This weekend we are going to give Indigo dyeing a shot if the weather permits.
All the natural dyed skeins are from the local Romney yarn that I recently acquired. It dyes beautifully!