what brings inspiration among other things

Mary & Janine discuss exhibit display

Mary & Janine discuss exhibit display

I think I literally “eat up” the time when visiting the Gregg.  Right now, the collection is packed up and sitting in a small building off-campus waiting for the day that it can be delivered to a new and more permanent setting. So, to “go behind the scenes” (for me) is quite the savory experience.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t exhibits, they’re just smaller and in other contexts, which to me, makes them all the more intriguing. This time (February), it’s a focus on Japanese prints with some added pieces (textiles, pottery….). It’ll be fun to see what actually “turns up.”

Last week, part of the day was spent looking at a few of those elements, hoping to help out with some of the language end (so far, not so much) and general knowledge and just looking. What turned up was a feast for the eyes and helpful when considering the upcoming May workshop – and that was another reason for the visit.

Indigo dyed Japanese Ikat from the Gregg Collection

Indigo dyed Japanese Ikat from the Gregg Collection

Among the pieces were some small swatches of indigo dyed Ikat.  Balfour-Paul’s Indigo discusses the topic, so it was good to have come across these examples and to see what she meant by “soft-edge patterning”. Of course, this also relates to the book discussion coming up this weekend at our art museum (NCMA).

At the same time, I inquired about some yardage (from China apparently) that Janine had sent a photo of last year. Later, I worked up a small piece based on it. It was good to have a close took at the original and to get a sense of how it was created.

Yardage in indigo & shibori - collection of the Gregg.

Cotton yardage in indigo & shibori – collection of the Gregg.

So, when the snow melts…the temps rise…I’ll “boot up” a new vat or two and see what comes. Inspiration comes out of these museum visits. The dye studio is a bit on the chilly side at the moment. Good things to look forward to though.  Winter, no matter the impact is brief in this area.

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