Yesterday was Xpand Fest downtown, and I got to bring along the DIY tie-dye booth as well as my regular vending booth. It was a lot of fun to just hang out at a folding table in my booth and dye shirts for people to watch… It made me realize I've never just demoed before! I've taught for years and years, and I love teaching in festival settings, but yesterday was the first day I just made things and let people watch. I loved it. Here's my assistant (also Jess) hanging out in the booth. we were lucky to be mostly in the shade all day!
(yes, I took that photo... with my phone!!)I just had a really rewarding 2.5 weeks "off," hanging out in the jungles, mountains, and beaches of Belize. What a treasure of biodiversity that little country is. And somehow, miraculously, even though there wasn't as much sun as I hoped and I am covered in itchy bug bites, my brain was still able to turn off the near-constant anxiety and worry that I had been experiencing before I left. I'm grateful to have been able to save up enough to go, and I'm grateful to my travel companions for being cool with my artist's budget! (we saw a lot of Mayan ruins.) Now I have 5 nights in the States to prepare for the BIG trip to India to study traditional textiles!!…
Today, 12/23/17, I finished the journal that I've been writing in for 3.5 years. That's a LONG time. When I finished the last page (a gratitude list for the best things to come from 2017), I looked back at the writings I did from Belize last year. I typed them up to share with you here. Many of you were around for this, but the decision to take my meager funds and my tired self and go on an ACTUAL vacation after my first year of starting a business (and quitting my day jobs) was a radical choice in many ways. First, fighting the limiting beliefs of what I can & can't afford. Who deserves to go on a vacation, anyway, said my old beliefs. Certainly not me. Not until…
You know how when you do something for the first time, it always seems to take forever? That's exactly where I am with creating my first online course. I have so much content I want to give you, I have so many years of experience doing this in person, in my studio… And making the leap to teaching to my camera and editing and uploading is just… It feels like it's taking forever! (anyone else know the feeling??) in the meantime, I finally have all the photos in this pretty little grid to show you. Weeks in the making, one little shirt, but LOTS of content behind it!
for a few weeks now, I've been working on a series of new pieces for my exhibition this April. (Why am I working on a show that's still five months away, you ask? The answers are in this video!). One of my favorites from this batch is coming right along, and just got its second layer of wax today. Check out these photos of before and after I added the second layer of wax. now for the most exciting part… Deciding which color to put it in for the final dye bath!
I absolutely love my tjanting tools... even though they're kind of cheapies, they've been with me for years & years, and they're what I originally trained with when I learned to batik in the early 2000s. This tool had sort of a "loose tooth" thing going on... so I smashed it! Only sort of joking; I did use another tool I had on hand (my table scraper) to pound on the loose brass and hopefully create a permanent fix. Back to the hot wax pot!
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