Monday, 30 July 2012

New Pictures for Helfa Gelf

I love creating landscapes - but I need deadlines to really get me going.  One is coming up very fast over the horizon Helfa Gelf 2012, the largest open studio event in North Wales .
here is one of my pictures that I have just completed and sent off to my framers.
"Stone Wall Naturally Dyed Felt and Machine Stitch ".

As well as getting pictures ready I also have to think what I shall demonstrate as people come round visiting my studio. I have tried landsape production  but just can't do it as I really need to ocncentrate so need something I can talk about and do quite easily.

One year I had a fermented indigo vat with a large sign on it saying fermented indigo vat RATHER SMELLY.  I turned round to see a visitor with his head in the vat taking a long sniff.  " I am an archeologist " he said "and just wanted to know what it smelt like"

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Dye Garden in July

The steady rain over the last month - highest rainfall in June since records began- has been
 enjoyed by the dye plants!
Gensita tinctoria
Dyers chamomile Anthemis tinctoria ( the bright orange flowers are californian poppies - not a dye plant  but I do have a few other things apart form dye plants!  ( and you can see a white rose behind the bear!)