Tuesday, September 18

Eco-dyeing - A New Tradition

I believe I've got a new custom, because piles of fall leaves inevitably lead me to eco-dyeing anymore.
Two years ago, Patricia Kessler came for the weekend and shared her enthusiasm and knowledge of dyeing with things found in the garden after she took a workshop with India Flint in Sewanee, Tennessee, at Shakerag.

 Patricia and I met at the airport in Nashville before the workshop when she pegged me for an artist because of the shoes I was wearing. Funny, I can't remember the shoes at all...
But, I do remember the beautiful work that everyone produced in that classroom.
Last fall, India came here and taught her Landskin workshop. (Gosh, I guess I never blogged about that, but the workshop was awesome, as were the skins that came out of it.)
This fall, I'm dyeing paper to bind into books, and once again, I'm feeling the thrill that comes from opening a bundle. It never gets old, as anyone who enjoys this process will surely tell you.

9 comments:

  1. exactly - each bundle is a special present from yourself to yourself...and frankly, who would know better what you would like to receive?

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  2. A relative newcomer to bundle making and opening I am filled with the thrill of what goes to together to make the bundles..and the delight in opening them; The patience part in waiting a long time has thus far escaped me.These oaks and other images are bold and beautiful..I am going to look back at your earlier blogs posts..and wait for new images on paper -and other thingshere!

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  3. india is right. I just love it every time l start to open a bundle. The work l am seeing here is gorgeousxx

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  4. These are incredible and seem like there would be so much excitement in opening a bundle and seeing the wonder!

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  5. This work is so yummy and layered and interesting, and it just reminds me of how different many of us artists are and what we bring to our different tables.

    It also tells me that you talk a lot at airports. hmmm...

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    1. Chris, you crack me up. I was actually thinking that when I typed this post.

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  6. These are gorgeous! Am curious as to how involved the process is and whether or not it is something I could do with elementary and middle school aged children?

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    1. It's not really involved, Misha, but it does require a large pot of boiling water and several hours.

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  7. lovely Leslie,

    india - exactly...

    xox - eb.

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