November 30, 2013

and so here we are. The last day of the month.
how it came to pass so soon I don’t know.
but after several days of preparing for guests,friends and family arriving, Thanksgiving ,a big rain,and now it’s Saturday.
A new outdoor rain/shade cover should arrive early this week.
so in the meantime I work out here uncovered and naked. and of course it rained.
so today is clean up day and put it all back together day since we used a lot of the tables from out here inside for Thanksgiving dinner.
seems like I’m always rearranging things and life just to fit the moment.

The main vat turned cold since the new heater burned out mysteriously while we were giving thanks. it likely burned out from getting wet in the rain and lack of cover.
time for a new one as colder days arrive soon.


November 21, 2013

OK.  I just decided to add the video as a separate entry so here it is:

rain here today.  i wonder where they are? they were so amazing to watch.  lots to think about while i did.
thought about folks who are going through their own transitions.  losing loved ones, carrying on through it all. life.

much ribbon being made here this week- and every day since i returned.  i have a stack of indigo requests i will be working on as soon as the rain stops.  probably just in time for thanksgiving. i wonder how blue hands look at the dinner table.  my younger son will arrive tuesday night and he really needs a big hug and some homemade food.  he asked if we could make him some good granola to take back.  we’ll be doing that.

I wonder, are you getting tired of the same old thing?  Ribbon, ribbon, ribbon.  I do enjoy the process and of course the colors.  The new iron is working out just fine.  Pretty good deal for an industrial gravity fed iron.  ($100 at the show).  And of course my HS helper Chloe is enjoying the new iron too.  She listens to her ipod and irons her after school day away.  College is on the horizon for her.

Something new to work on is in the back of my mind after meeting Scharine Kirchoff in Houston recently.  I think it was the highlight of my trip.  She is a weaver of kasuri in the Okinawan tradition and keeps a traditional vat herself.  She told me of a way to use my indigo leaves for a vat that doesn’t involve a composting shed but basically composts them in a vat with some ash water and lime.  She also grows her own indigo.  I couldn’t believe it but she was just in my area giving a workshop which I missed as I didn’t know of her.  Her website/blog is Ryukyu Heritage Textiles.  We found we had several favorite friends in common.  Who knew?  So fun to meet a new indigo friend.

back to the ribbon now- and some silk hemming for scarves today. nothing new there for you…



November 20, 2013

A little recap of the workshop at the Japanese American Museum.

The butterflies and other things have kept me busy the last few days but we’re back on track now.

if you don’t follow along on Facebook which I know many of you don’t, I will come back and add to this post the two links for the videos of the butterflies emerging from the chrysalis.
for now though, I will go ahead and post this until I get back in front of my computer.

November 14, 2013

I’ve recorded video several times over the past few days but haven’t gotten around to getting it up here on the daily Dyer.
so, I’ll skip ahead to the video I shot today for the moment.

like I said ribbon is taking over the studio this past week so it’s not all that exciting for you but it does pay the bills.
and even after all this time, I still am making mistakes.
on a positive note however, I got accepted to the artist in residence program at Yosemite for next year.
yeah hey!