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French dye lab experiments part II

The experimentation continues……..On the second week of my 4 week stay in Lauris, France, I finally got the chance to meet Michel Garcia!  We spent 4 days together and talked so much!   I did not think it was possible.  He is such an intelligent and authentic person.  So open

Dye lab experiments done with French flair……..

It has been a head spinning last few months.  I cannot seem to keep up with the amount of work and opportunities that I have before me.  As usual it is a lot of work and little time for self. I would like to thank everyone who is actually reading

Chateau des Baux-de-Provence

As I sift through photos of my recent adventures I keep thinking how camera crazy I was. Like a tourist but also like a hungry artist let loose in her best situation.  This was it.  The moment.  I am in it; I am present.  Everything is hyper clear.  As if

Couleur Garance – The Garden of Natural Dyes

I can not post about my trip to France without dedicating an entry to the Couleur Garance!  After all this was the reason for my journey in the first place.  A few years back I attended a lecture from the renowned natural dye innovator Michel Garcia.  I was at a

Mediterranean Sea and Domaine du Rayol

I was invited to take a day trip and picnic with the staff at the Couleur Garance  in the coastal town of Rayol.  They have a beautiful Mediterranean garden  that overlooks the sea.  This Garden was built in the 1920’s by Gilles Clement.  He wanted to bring landscapes from the

Bonjour

It has been a week since I have made my journey to the quaint village of Lauris, France.  I initially planned on writing a post right away but upon my arrival there was so much of a culture shock that I had to give myself time to process.  When I

The Swing Of Things

Spring is in the swing. The planets have been positioned for this moment of intensity.   All we can do is breathe into it and move with the current. I have been thinking about so many things.  The choir in my head sings. A journey awaits and I am ready to

Vive la France

It has been a cold and snowy winter in Portland this year.  I’m glad the promise of spring  is coming closer. There is a very exciting thing  I will be experiencing in April. I want to share with you.   I have been holding it in because I thought if

Garden of Colors

Summer is finally here in the Pacific Northwest.  Of course we still have rain mixed with beautiful sunny hot days but soon everything with dry out.  Until then my garden is fluffy and alive with green leaves and blooming buds.  I have already started to harvest my roses for dyeing

Process, Colors, and Results

Its that time of year again when the sun warms the air and heats the black tar pavement.  Perfect time to stuff and fold bundles for composting.  I have been composting textiles for many years but it seems that for the last two I have really focused on this process

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