Happy day

Happy Birthday to ME!!

Al and Alice and Aerin made me a cake (sour cream spice cake with orange butter cream frosting) and figured out how to write 51 on it (in Roman numerals) and it was wonderful. 

Alice has also been making birds: 

Alice's raven, with a message

including this rather lovely raven.

It is true, I will nevermore be 50.

And a happy Mother's Day to my mom, on the anniversary of the birth of her first child. 

silk sky

sky of silk

I use silk for sky these days. I used to use various painted cotton fabrics, then sateen which is nicely shiny, but silk has a luminosity that can't be matched. I have several different weights, from sheer organza to nicely slubby noil and even some very heavy, drapey satin weave.

I have to dye the colors I'm looking for, which isn't hard. I have a handful of Colorhue dyes which are very easy to use. They work without  chemicals, mix easily, dilute easily and produce brilliant colors. This piece though, I used Inkodye which comes out of the jar a gluey, muddy color that develops in sunlight. 

If I wanted some control over results, the Inkodye would drive me crazy. But I like the surprise of the process, and the colors are always interesting. 

This is the beginning for a pair of pieces.

Follow (Andy’s) River

I know – it has been a lot of family stuff. I think that is part of starting school and getting all the extra-curricular things restarted and slotted into place. But I'm back! With news!

Andy's River detail 1

I'm so pleased! Because Follow the River posted their list of artists for October.

I am listed as an area artist (which is true) and a fiber artist (which is true) and my work will be up in Forbes Library (again) which is lovely. How awesome is that?

monstrosity

monster knee patch

Alice has sharp knees. And because she grows slowly, they wear away at the pants longer in one place. So I've gotten creative mending her pants, because she doesn't outgrow them fast. She's had pandas, cats, dolphins, and a spiderweb that said "some pig". 

When I saw these monsters on a friend's page, I knew Alice needed one. 

These have braces too, out of silver thread. Because even monsters need to have nice, straight teeth.