|On Reflection by Donna Kallner|
Once upon a time, a girl might gaze into a pool of water to glimpse some bright possibility. Nowadays, girls are surrounded by mirrors that seem to reflect only flaws. No evil enchantment could lock them more completely into a shining lie. A fairy godmother might be able to reveal hidden beauty with the wave of a wand. Lacking that implement, I use another ancient tool of transformation: With my needle, I try to mend the world by stitching layers of fabric and praying that some girl will see magic trickling along a crease, puddled in a corner.So yesterday while I was rinsing it hit me: I need a new wardrobe. Does this make me sound shallow? No, don't answer that.
Last weekend I had a student coming for a studio weekend. On Friday afternoon, I went to put on my going-to-town jeans, which, besides my going-to-teach jeans
So it's time to put making a new wardrobe at the top of the list for a while. I'll keep you posted on how that goes.
My Monday Morning Rinse & Revelation came about because I refreshed the indigo vat over the weekend. Judy has taken classes with me for more than 10 years. She was the only student for the weekend (having graciously changed dates to accommodate a private group), so we could do whatever we wanted. As I listed options, her eyes lit up on indigo and we had a plan.
On Friday night we painted fabric and made fiber phyllo to use on Saturday. On Saturday, she worked through the Constructed Vessels class.
On Sunday, we played with the indigo vat.
We also pulled out the Colorhue dyes and put color on silk in a very different way from what we did on Friday.
While the Colorhue dyes were out, I did some sampling on silk velvet.
On the left you see velvets with Colorhue dip-dyeing. Since the colors were already pretty dark (shown unaltered on the right), the results aren't dramatic. But I like the possibilities.
Yesterday seemed like a good day for task that weren't tasking. So I finally got a huge skein of cotton yarn I inherited rewound and ready for dyeing.
The last of a bunch of quilt blocks I inherited last summer got altered with indigo as well. Not that all of that stuff has been transformed, it's time to work on transforming my wardrobe. Much of it, I suspect, will be blue.