Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bad news for my husband - How do I tell him?

Me: "Darling, I feel I need to tell you, I can't go on like this.  Whilst you have been working such long hours, I got lonely... I needed to get out of the house and do something and ....I have fallen in love with... Indigo."
John: "What?  No!  It can't be true....How long has this been going on?  Who is he?  ... and did I miss you going to Mexico?

As my time at the ACAD, Contextural, Self Directed Summer Residency 2013 draws to a close I feel I ought to review what I did and didn't achieve from ttheh nerve centre of my studio space:-

  • Met and worked alongside very interesting and inspiring established and aspiring artists.
  • Nice to meet you, Anna. Nice to rekindle a friendship, Carmela.  I hope to be able to stay in touch with many... Barbara, Susan, Eleanor, Madison, Anna Maria....
  • From the size of the list, above, it is clear that this year's June day-time participants were more numerous than in previous years. And several, like me, were in regularly during the day for a few or many hours.  We were an active bunch.
  • As I said in my previous post, I worked in the dye rooms, the print room and the home studio.
  • I learnt that I can establish and manage an indigo vat (synthetic indigo, soda and thiox).  Dying cotton, silk, wool, stone, chalk...
  • I learnt that when a vat looks dead it isn't!
  • I now have many projects on the go and hope I don't lose the momentum but actually manage to take some to fruition - particularly as I want to take part in the end of residency exhibition at ACAD.
  • I think I have my work cut out for me for the next year  and that is before I consider the collaborative project I have on the go (puppets), the commissions (shibori - more on that in a future post), teaching - serious demands of students for more felting..., machine embroidery in Calgary, High River and maybe A.N. Other place, and possible mark making workshop in a Calgary school.

Now I have to shut up shop at ACAD as our friends are currently packing up to visit Alberta next week and I turn into a hostess.  Just how I am going to transport the indigo vat home is a mystery yet to be solved, just as this blue maggot is a mystery - what will it turn into?
Thanks to ACAD for allowing this collaboration and thanks to Contextural for arranging.

I particularly enjoyed today - getting Anna Torma together with Arlee Barr was such educational fun.

 Not exactly a stunning piece, but is an example of me!  Experimental - coffee filter paper, stitched shibori and indigo.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What's to say.
Busy with something going on in each studio.
Indigo vat smouldering away in dye room.
Feltmaking - lace in printing studio
How much wool does it take to make a prayer flag in dye mix area (it's where the scales are).
Stitching ready for dipping in home studio.
Shibori and recycling of coffee filters in studio.
... and having chats with interesting people all over the show.

But a month is too short.