Countdown to California

In less than 24 hours I’ll be on my way to California! I’m taking another workshop with John Marshall and look forward to new learning, and to seeing  Sacramento, Covelo, Eureka, the Pacific and the winding roads! Hopefully this will also mean a break from the heat and humidity  😀
Last weekend in Loring Park —  90 degrees both days, humidity about the same — very uncomfortable! Here are a few pics:

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I met another fiber artist working with natural dyes — Dawnette Davis of Grand Rapid’s Minnesota (no website …). I bought a beautiful silk scarf from her that was dyed with iron-modified cochineal and imprinted with rusted objects….the iron modifier created a beautiful grayish violet/blue. Here’s a photo. Beautiful work!

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I’m busy in the kitchen in between trip preparation tasks trying to put away some of the veggie garden harvest. Yesterday it was two big batches of pesto. Today it’s salsa and cutting up oodles of zucchini for the freezer. My husband planted many Gladiola bulbs and so we have them all over the house as well as garden. Trimming bouquets and deadheading in the garden today it occurred to me to freeze some blossoms and then try India Flint‘s ice flower dyeing technique when I return. Don’t you think freezing flower blossoms for dye is a brilliant idea? I really look forward to seeing what kind of color these yield …

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gladiola blossoms

I am not bringing the computer so expect more on the blog after August 23rd when I return!

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Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

5 thoughts on “Countdown to California”

  1. Hi Kit,
    Feb., 21, 2011 – How wonderful! I just returned from Madeline Island by ice road and my sweet mother-in-law sent me your blog about oppressive heat (with a little Lyme Disease thrown in) at Loring Park. The big news is that the highest recorded wind gusts in Duluth were 69 mph. We have no idea what the gusts were on Madeline, but while walking near the State Park cliffs, a friend was hit on the foot by a baseball sized ice chunk tossed up by a wave. An otter surfing the waves between pieces of ice added to the hike. Fortunately, on the other side of the island, the ice was solid. Will we be seeing you at Highland Park? I actually collected dye stuff on Madeline.

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