Winter seems to want to spend time with us this year. The last few days have been chilly, but today the air has had a touch of bitterness with wind. It has added challenges to some surprising and serendipitous custom work that was delivered to the dye studio on Tuesday morning.
It has been cold outside, but in the studio, even though it’s unheated, in the warmth of the sun, it’s just fine. Layering up in warm clothes, hat and scarves, hands in warm indigo – I’m good!
Last night though, in an attempt to keep work inside, huge puddles formed on the floor in spite of layering plastic and blanketing drop cloths. I had no idea the pieces would drip so much.
So today I resorted to the outdoor clothesline again despite the temps. It hasn’t been so bad. At least the drips are outside and later the pieces will continue drying in the studio. Tomorrow we may be experiencing more of ‘that’ precipitation. Winter doesn’t last long here, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s welcome.
I’m also including a link with a video from NHK about the aizome (indigo dyeing) process. It’s in Japanese, but I think the information will be clear enough. Tanoshinde! Enjoy!