This week has felt more like holiday or pre-holiday…something like that. While I have been occupied with preparing for other upcoming workshops and activities, there’s still been a lightness. The sense of “work” hasn’t been there.
The first prep involves getting ready for the youth Artspace class which I’ve been teaching for more than 5 years now. It has always involved the younger (rising 3rd – 5th grades) group. Last year I decided to “promote” myself to an older set (it’s OK to do this), and will be working with rising 7th-10th grades. At the moment I’m gathering materials (cloth, thread, needles, tools, etc.) and re-thinking the “lesson” approaches. This class takes place at the end of the month.
Shortly after Artspace, in mid-August, Janine LeBlanc and I will make our way to West Jefferson, NC for a several days workshop at Florence Thomas Art School. We found our last experience there to be exhilarating (enthusiastic students), refreshing and just a lot of fun. If, dear reader, you are interested in participating, please see the description on my “Workshops” page.
With the heat, of course, the dye doesn’t like being neglected. I do my best to do “something” just to keep it content. I’ve been wanting to repeat working with red, white and blue patterning again. Fortunately, I had a red and white scarf from previous dye work. All I needed to do was add that blue element.
As I watched the colors emerge and change, I couldn’t help but reflect on their symbolism, their history, and the peoples involved in the making of these blues in particular. There are many and it goes deep.