Posts Tagged ‘NC’

seeking “sekka”

February 12, 2015

Sometimes, you have to create your own if Mother Nature isn’t going to accommodate.  Last Saturday and Sunday, certain adventurous women made that work. Their wintery explorations went far beyond what I could have imagined – they were full of the amazing.

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Asanoha – hemp leaf pattern in “itajime”

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understated perfection

I cannot thank my wonderful students enough for attending, participating and engaging with “the stuff.” It was delightful in so many ways.

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a small class, but more room for play

Pullen Arts Center also provided a comfortable, wide open space and other aspects of a studio needed for a dye studio – huge steel sinks and a space for clotheslines. My gratitude to them also for hosting my workshops.

While on the topic, my next workshop will be April 25th and 26th at the NC Museum of Art. More specifics will be upcoming. Currently, information is in the museum’s Preview magazine, it will be available online in the near future.

I suppose the question might be, did we inspire “that” goddess? It remains to be seen, I suppose. I keep seeing hints that winter isn’t quite over for us in the Triangle.  Regardless, 雪花 (yukibana) happened here.

Connections (the exhibit)

September 12, 2014

I would be remiss if I didn’t post this:

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We are less than a week away and I’ve been mentioning this, but a post devoted to it was needed.  The above image is linked to the site for more information.  You can also find the same on my “Events” page.  We (Threads group) are thrilled to pieces about this, also honored and deeply touched as it also celebrates Cheryl Harrison who was a part of our group.  Hope you can join us!

Home again

August 21, 2014

Last week I breathed North Carolina mountain air, wore a sweater at night to ward off the chill and watched large moths and fireflies (or were they fairies?) flit about in the early evening from the second floor porch of the inn where I was staying.

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I was in West Jefferson and visiting the Florence Thomas Art School where we (Janine LeBlanc & I) taught two workshops. One was three full days of explorations in shibori and “dipping” in the indigo dye vat. The second was a 3 hour introductory session on Saturday.

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Both experiences were rewarding and needless to say, a delight. We enjoyed their new location on main street, in Ray’s Hardware. The front display windows were a fun venue for showing off student dye pieces. We did our best to attract the passersby.

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We also stayed at the Meadowsweet Gardens Inn, a bed and breakfast with gardens to capture the imagination – certainly mine. I kept thinking of Beatrix Potter while walking through vine covered arches and exploring the perennials. Breakfasts were also a huge plus (fresh biscuits and zucchini bread…), sustaining for the day ahead.

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As I’d been missing the butterflies in my home garden, it was reassuring to see an abundance of them exploring Debbie’s Phlox. On my return home, I did see a swallowtail sail through my front yard.

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With the completion of these last two workshops, summer teaching is complete. I’m looking forward to an exhibit coming up next month with my Threads group at Meredith College.  A workshop at Pullen Arts Center begins in October as well.

a small piece of summer

July 31, 2014

For the last 7 years, a small part of my summer has consisted of offering workshops for youth at Artspace. It feels like ‘if it isn’t Artspace, it isn’t summer’ – something like that. This year has been no different, except that the students were a little older (between middle and high school) and all girls. It’s been a delight – a quiet delight which I hope means they were just focused.

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Intro. to….

The goal was simply to introduce students to indigo, its “oblique personality” and to the beauty and intrigue of creating pattern in blue and white.

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I’ve enjoyed seeing their progress as they experiment with the different processes. Rather than give them a specific product to complete, it has been more of an encounter and exploration.

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Arashi plus – variations around the technique

I approached it this way simply because they are more “advanced” in age and able to handle the challenges. There have probably been some downsides to this, but on the other hand I’m learning about the realities of teaching an ancient craft to these “high-tech” learners.  In this situation I’m also a student.

Winter exhibit at the NC Japan Center

January 12, 2013

The reception is this afternoon.  Just thought I’d mention it.

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Indigo in the Blue Ridge Mts.

July 19, 2012

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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.

Resistance is futile…

July 17, 2012

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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

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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.

Coming up at the Japan Center: Yuya Chiba

June 8, 2012


The reception is coming up very soon, this coming Sunday (Fathers Day).

I definitely don’t want to miss this one.

It Rained Ashes

April 2, 2012


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Originally uploaded by SOFennell

Three small hand made books, two of which were completed over this winter and early spring, are finally on display at the Block gallery in downtown Raleigh. They are showing with the IMPRINT exhibit in a glass case along with roughly 15 other books made by friends who also love making books.

I haven’t seen all of them, but I know that they hold significance to each maker. I’m looking forward to seeing all of them in this display context. The opening reception is Thursday, April 12th from 5 pm.

I’m just realizing that maybe I meant to describe or explain the book here and didn’t.  I’ll just have to save that for a different entry.


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