Posts Tagged ‘Glendale Springs’

Indigo in the Blue Ridge Mts.

July 19, 2012

Blue Ridge mts.

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

How long has it been since I’ve been in the mountains? I cannot really remember…but as usual, I was reflecting again on that faraway place. It doesn’t really take much, especially in summer.

We (my family) used to take August for a month in the mountains (Japan) nearly every summer (in childhood). We had a small rustic cabin in the woods, on Lake Nojiri. There were cooling breezes, insect song, muddy paths along a rice paddy (somewhere in there), fogs that rolled in on the lake and much, much more. I was looking forward to similar when we went up to Glendale Springs.

It wasn’t quite the same, of course, but evenings were pleasantly cool with thick fog and it rained nearly everyday. I missed the beetles and cicada, although we had some fat bumblebees.

To be able to mix those memories with indigo worked just fine. It was grand, actually.  Many, many thanks to our hosts and fabulous participants.

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Resistance is futile…

July 17, 2012

Resist
Originally uploaded by SOFennell

Yep. That’s what one student said…it’s all true. Give in and do it…that is to say…do that “aizome” (indigo) thang! I mean really.

That’s how I’m feeling today after a weekend in the mountains working with 7 students and Janine as my assistant, manager, and co- teacher (although she doesn’t see it that way).

I’m just taking a few minutes before running off to Artspace this a.m. to comment. Links and images are “popping up” on my horizon…can’t really ignore or just wait until later to comment.

It was a relaxing, refreshing weekend with a lot of inventive, innovative people. They took the ideas and ran with them. That’s what you want to see.

summer inspiration

June 11, 2012

itajime
Originally uploaded by SOFennell

I hope the image will provide a little spark. The season for workshops is here. Indigo seems to love the summer heat and humidity and July is a perfect time for learning about it (and of course, shibori!).

My youth class at Artspace is fast filling up, but there’s still room in the weekend workshop for adults later in the month. It isn’t too late to sign up.  All information & links are on my “Upcoming Workshops” page.

There’s also the workshop at the Florence Thomas Art School in Glendale Springs, NC. Both Janine LeBlanc (Gregg Museum) and I will be teaching the characteristics of the indigo vat and aspects of shibori there.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


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