January 26 part deux

there was a lot of work done today. silks being sorted, tested, and samples made with them.

all the pieces shown here are silk and are made using old interior kimono lining silks.
imperfections exist but these silks have a history-and an intention. they have been saved all these years ( from 50-100!) and yet they are mostly overlooked in favor of the fancier outer and more decorative kimono fabrics.

these inner kimono and nagajuban (the under kimono that comes in contact with the skin) are often made of the softest and thinnest silks. and they dye beautifully.
here, we were taking a few photos and just enjoying the mandalas outside.

the first image is Richard at the polewrapping machine-having a hard time. later, he got int the groove.

January 22, 2013

it’s been a trying day

a trying day for me is one where i feel i don’t get anything done. today feels like that. and so much to do! makes me a little crazy.

on another note, i was able to get an RTA for the unused cartridges and reordered the new correct ones. there’s nothing like running out of ink when you need it and then having to go pay crazy prices for them at the local office supply store. I like this site for my ink:


i order the RM cartridges. cheaper and i haven’t had a problem at all.  i would of rather just replaced the printhead (which is what i suspect it needed rather than throw the whole thing out-what a waste!) on the old kodak printer but it came out to about $50 including shipping plus the week or so wait, plus a coin toss on whether that would have solved the issue.  i found this one at a big lots for $49.

i had seen them there some time ago and made a mental note about it.  right next door the were selling the same thing for $100.  but i have lost the whole day and now will have to work late.

where’s the assistant when you need one? ahhh….the life of a so called artiste! at least now my labels are printing with clear scan bars.