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Fresh Leaf Indigo – Persicaria

I would like to share with you a technique I was taught by Michel Garcia in 2017 of extracting pigment from indigo.  Firstly, I have to admit that part of this technique was prompted by the farmer who gifted me the indigo as a guide as to get started.  In

Taking Walks in 2018

I realize that I have not taken the time to go through my many adventures from the past few years.  It has been a wonderful time for me to explore the landscape of Oregon and Washington and I have seen so many little plants, fungi, and lichens.  Time to take

Indigenous Peoples Day

  I would like to take a moment to honor the people that came before. This earth that we live on is such a sacred space and it seems in the Americas there is no other group of people that have know this more than the indigenous. Not only did

Ritual Making 1

It seems that I have been busy lately and have failed to update my blog.  Yes, busy moving again!  Both my studio and my living space have had the shake down.  So now I am finally feeling settled and after a brief pause I am ready to jump in with

Cerebral Fantasies

Taking a moment to understand the delicate power of isolation….. I have been writing in bursts of inspiration for my book that has been in my head for the last few years.  Working towards getting it out of the corners of cerebral fantasies to the hard definitive form of words

Textile Month In Portland

October is textile month in Portland.  I am thrilled to be part of this event.  Actually, there will be several events through out the month and workshops as well.  I will be teaching a one day workshop intensive at the R A W Textiles Studio on October 13th that will

Ritual Making

  The ritual act of making has the potential to manifest a visual language that would not exist without the artist. This language is understood by those who look, as if they have seen it before; in a dream maybe?….the collective consciousness. When working with all the facets of nature

The Windows, the Witch, and the Doors of Perception

Today is the day I am thinking about what has come before.  The veil between the world of living and dead is thin and it seems such an appropriate time to observe the essence of time passing. There has been a lot of mental stimulation in my life since I

Hidden

How many moons must go by in which I miss your gaze? There is no reason I should care but the forest is ablaze and ashes are falling all around. I see the smoke curl around branches and all I think about is tender shoots pregnant with sap. Why must

The Red Ochre of Roussillon

The last  village I had the opportunity to explore with my camera was Roussillon.  Large quarries of Ochre were mined in the late 18th century to about 1930’s for artist colors and textiles.  It has since been prohibited to mine in Roussillon, but other quarries have been exploited nearby.  There

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