Here we are in June, one of my favorite months (my month!). The fireflies are out and the Hydrangeas are blooming. The kaki are also growing fatter – much more visible from a distance.
The Hydrangeas though, have captured my attention, as they always do this time of year. They were in my mother’s garden when I was young, I remember them growing full and round in our backyard. I suspect they also grew in her father’s garden.
So, just wanting to capture some of the essence of the month and the garden, I worked up a small sample piece in shibori, referencing a sashiko pattern – one that represents the Ajisai・あじさい・紫陽花・Hydrangea, on cotton. The focus is based simply on the central motif that is usually repeated many times over.
The pattern itself is a repeat of diamonds, but also references the square and it changes depending on the perspective. What I bear in mind is the seeming square in that singular blossom that repeats to create that “pom-pom” of a flower.
Eventually the stitching, wrapping, dyeing and unbinding resulted in this:
Multiplied many times over, I suspect it would describe my blue June flower.
＊ Please note:
The word doc attached to the NCMA link has been changed, so if you are attending the workshop coming soon – you might want to take note.