24.4.15

Family

family

Here's a family of blue feathers ready to leave the nest. Two large, two small and one large with a decorated chain. They will be in the shop tomorrow (Saturday) evening (UK time).

The garden is full of forget-me-nots. The daffodils are over, the cherry's in bloom and the parsley in the pots starting to grow.

23.4.15

April Gold

april gold

A pot of garden gold for dyeing April Calendarium.

Very busy here with work and other things. A few pieces just need their photos taken. Hoping for an update early next week.

19.4.15

Working with the Blues

working with the blues

I came home from holiday and found the indigo vat well reduced and ready to dye. So now I'm working with the blues.

It's been an interesting few weeks. At first it snowed and then turned summery. An inbetween time of opposites. I've been reading about psychological alchemy and visited Rudolf II's alchemical laboratory in the cellar of a very old house.

25.3.15

Calendarium : March

calendarium : march

Part of the Calendarium series in which I make a piece every month dyed with whatever I find outside at that time.

Arise! What was hidden shall manifest.

Celebrating the stirring upward and outward energies of Spring, this necklace was dyed with ivy leaves for the yellowish background and then printed (the India Flint way), roots, earth and all with Jack-by-the-hedge, Herb-Robert and eucalyptus leaves blown over the hedge from my neighbour's tree. The result is a mottled beige with light green and flecks of brown and grey (hard to photograph but clearer in person).

The red embroidery carries matte black beads while the green strand is decorated with shiny golden ones. The chain has two small garnets on each side.

This is going in the shop now and is probably the last update before the holidays. I'll be back on the 15 April and will start making again then.

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20.3.15

Vernal

vernal vernalfeathers

Happy equinox to you.

This week I've been busy elsewhere but there are two feathers headed to the shop right now. One ruffled wild one (I like when the outlines turn out ruffled like that) and one dusky blue with brown.

I've been working on a Calendarium piece for March but let's just say that the purple crocus experiment wasn't entirely successful... So back to the garden looking for alternatives. There's one more week of work and then I'm looking forward to a two week holiday away.

16.3.15

Crossroads

crossroads

Caught my eye on the way to pre-school.

14.3.15

And Then...

and then

...there were small feathers.

The little light blue one is spoken for, the rest are flying to the shop tomorrow.

13.3.15

A Gift

a gift

At the start of March I set up my small, indoor, madder-bran fermentation indigo vat again.

This morning I pulled out the first dyed fabric.

It's hard to capture in a photo just how alive, rich and fresh the blue from a young vat is. It feels as if I've been given a gift.

12.3.15

In Progress

working on

Working on some small colourful feathers for next week.

10.3.15

Magical Flight

magical flight

The symbolism of avian transformations, a shaman's hard-won ability to magically fly on the "wings of the soul".

Part of the series exploring our relationship to the wild animals of dreams and imagination. The silk was dyed with the ancient combination of tannin and iron. The chain is decorated with two deep red garnets.

In the shop tomorrow (Wednesday) evening.

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There's also one wild feather - one that has a warm amber heart.

the amber one