A New Leaf

Every day I try to be more true to who I am and what I believe in. It’s been since the very beginning of my fiber art journey that I’ve felt the desire to steer away from ‘commercial ‘ dyes, and focus on natural dyes. So, it has felt really good to finally make the decision to migrate towards using only natural dyes. I’ve committed myself to not buying any more commercial dyes as mine are used up. (Which will probably be years still, as they are very efficient and only use a little each time) i am so excited for a lifetime of alchemy in the world of natural dyeing.

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These are the beginnings of another piece that will be up for sale. It will be naturally dyed raw silk on organic cotton-linen.

Thoughts On Being

Ive been wanting to share a little more about what is going on in the landscapes of my mind while I work, but it is not usually a very easy thing for me to do. The question of what it means to be human is something that I have silently turned over within myself since I can remember. It always seems that questioning begets more questions, that lead ever deeper into the unknowable. What is the human drive to create? For me it is the very core of being, it is what I feel makes me human and connects me with the essence of life itself. Again, when I ask myself why, I am left with more questions than answers.

To fill my mind as my hands work I listen to a LOT of podcasts. On Being with Krista Tippett is one that I have been loving, and really enjoying the contemplation it evokes. It is filled with beautiful dialogues with brilliant people in all fields of life having conversations about what it means to be human. I highly recommend it (I like the unedited interviews) https://onbeing.org/programs/jericho-brown-small-truths-and-other-surprises/

Oh yes. And the adornment is hand formed merino with free form knot-work and 21 raw rubies. (For all us July babies).

Five Steps Down Handwoven Art Yardage

This is a custom work, woven on a warp of organic cotton-linen, with a weft of raw silk. (woven in may 2019)
Five Steps Down, which is a line from a song by the Indigo Girls (the Mississippi’s mighty, but it starts in Minnesota, at a place that you could walk across with five steps down). A reminder of where the river starts and what it becomes.

Adornment In The World

I am so honored to be able to send my work out into the world, and to have it loved by beautiful lights like @ruahbe Thank you 🙏🏽

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The necklace worn in the second photo was made with hand drilled, locally found (by me) iron concretions and 19th C. African bauxite handmade beads

High Water Everywhere Handwoven Art Yardage

This piece is a custom woven on a warp of organic cotton-linen with a weft of raw silk. The name is inspired by old song about the Mississippi (about the 1927 flood) but it speaks to a lot of what the river evokes, the more recent history of Katrina and post-Katrina New Orleans, the high water we see now.