|The damp linen Purificator is stretched out on plate glass, then rolled hard in both warp and weft directions, both sides, and left to dry. When dry it is peeled off the glass, folded and is flat, shiny and ready for use.|
Oh, another finishing up from last post: 141-feet down and $8,000 later, we have running water again. Hurrah! and ouch.
As to actual progress... selling enough weaving through the Thunder Bay Arts Council Gallery to keep my rent paid is a very encouraging thing. Here are two recent sales, obviously related. The first was a commission for folks seeking a 'hide' for their electric-service-box. The second was an inspiration from the remaining warp coinciding with the first crocuses showing themselves (over the septic tank).
|The first, "Organics - Symphony and Fugue" on the wall of the new Stepanski cabin - photo by Stepanski.|
|Julie and Al, between bites and laughter, the evening before. Distances in northern Michigan are considerable and I was honored to stay with these talented (weaver/gardeners/woodworker) before our early-morning start for St.Charles.|
My roommate, Patrice George,
|Patrice shows the beautiful shawl from her collection, of Tussar silk & cotton - she just learned that more like it are available at http://www.original-women.com/scarves/natural-tussar-silk-and-organic-cotton-stole|
|John Malarkey, http://malarkycrafts.com/ another of the Seminar leaders, wears his band-weaving, here, very cleverly lining his shirt pocket, another band formed his shirt collar.|
|Linda, Julie, Marion & Cathy (friend from my years with WG of Kalamazoo) share fiber talk Saturday night before the fashion show.|
|In my Long-Eye Heddle seminar, the students played the parts of the missing loom frame so my 'Draw-loom in a Bag' would actually work. Patricia Martin took the picture.|
Back at Treehouses Studio: Last year I purchased a whimsical painting by gallery mate Pat Manning
|A charming watercolor by Pat Manning - since it was not framed, I could afford it.|
And I have now interpreted her painting in a warp for towels and placemats - and sold a set, with runner, to a gallery mate. Love my gallery friends!
Our energetic Pat started a clever 'bouquet of owls' as a neighborly gift to new business the 'Owl Café'. Among the owls of felt, paper, ceramic, metal...is one I formed from a bit of a tablet-weaving, but better-received was my inkle band with the words "Owl Café" woven in.
|The "Owl bouquet" imagined by Pat Manning for the TBAC Gallery's new neighbor. You can barely see the inkle band in dark green around the base.|
|Sam and Jack Cook remove their new runner from the Peacock loom after hemstitching the final picks. Yes, Sam did the hemstitching!|
|Turning 75 with fiber friends is the absolute best way to celebrate.|
|The mold that shaped the castle cake. Al reported that Julie despaired when it wouldn't come out of the mold, but the woodworker's 'dead-blow hammer' brought it loose in glory. Keep those woodworkers and their tools close-by!|
|Julie's absolutely glorious (taller than I am) "Queen of the Prairie" - just one of the beauties she and Al nurture.|
Now, as I prepare to attend Convergence to pick up our Aussie, Kay Faulkner, I am seeing what I can produce for a new juried show called 'Black & White'.
Deo volente, I will have some pictures for next post. Kati 7-29-16