experiments for my exhibition - practicing just being

Here’s some of the colours I’ve been making lately, natural dye colours from my landscape in this Spring weather. Winter was wet, so the garden didn’t quite get going, and then early Spring has been mostly dry-ish. I’ve been dyeing a lot with loquat leaves, because they’re right there available, and also because they’re simply my favourite pink. Loquat pink is slightly more of an ‘earthy’ pink than avocado pink.

I thought I’d share a few experiments with the loquat leaves, and let you know what’s working for me to get the best pinks from the leaves, possible.

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Natural Dye - how to make pink with loquat leaves

Here’s some of the colours I’ve been making lately, natural dye colours from my landscape in this Spring weather. Winter was wet, so the garden didn’t quite get going, and then early Spring has been mostly dry-ish. I’ve been dyeing a lot with loquat leaves, because they’re right there available, and also because they’re simply my favourite pink. Loquat pink is slightly more of an ‘earthy’ pink than avocado pink.

I thought I’d share a few experiments with the loquat leaves, and let you know what’s working for me to get the best pinks from the leaves, possible.

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Workshops - my love of teaching, connecting and sharing ideas for you as a teacher

This week someone asked me what I loved most about teaching workshops, and I was still on the delicious floating high from having been teaching at a weekend of gatherings / workshops at beauty-ful Atelier 34. So I was in the exact heart-place to answer that question.

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my book - Mindful Thoughts for Makers

Oh Hey! I wrote a book.

And it’s almost ready to be out in the world, so we can hold it in our hands. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it.

It was a really really excellent process, writing and being edited by someone, having to fit exact requirements of word count and such. So good for my to have this experience.

The book is 25 essays on making, intentional process, bringing mindfulness and thoughtfulness into our days… and that sort of thing.

You can pre-order my book - pre-orders really help authors, in the whole publishing process (so I’ve read). It makes the publishers much happier with you. And my editor says that depending on how this book goes, they will ready to write the next book with me - which is already flowing out of me onto rough drafts.

Pre-order from Amazon
or Book Depository
or ask your local book shop to stock it
or your library
or I have it for pre-order in my shop here and will have it at my studio too.

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of weaving my own path : a story of self-worth and realisation

I sat with this feeling of not knowing, and being wrong for only a short amount of time. I pulled my weaving back in front of me. With my selection of colours and yarns I told myself that the very first humans to ever weave and make cloth or fibre of any sort didn't have a teacher except their mother or father, and didn't have a book or a fancy workshop. They had their materials and their human innate understanding of maybe how something could work. They didn't know if it would work or not, but they kept on trying until it did. And they kept on listening to their own thoughts and intelligence. 

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