dyeing to get ready

i've been dyeing and making books and
making numerous trips to the post office
and being a helper
to my sister
her shoulder is healing nicely.
some of my three layer silk
top piece dyed with fresh indigo last summer
and then
both dyed this week with st john's wort
and other stuff
all in paper bundles
and this bunch was ready for the next dyeing
those papers were grand.
roz shared a wonderful
interview with squeak carnwath
and she has this to say:
Artists are—I think of us as radio receivers. Our job is to be available, to accept information and to make it visible. And it works best when the information that we accept is the information we recognize as a part of our deeper self. We’re all individuals, but we’re also kind of the same. And it’s personal, but it can’t just be that. It can’t just be what I had for breakfast or what color hair I have. I think it has to be so that someone else can say, "That’s mine." The viewer has to be able to claim ownership.
making the edition
hortus siccus
board books, edition of 10
two spoken for
the boards were sanded 
by my students as service learning.
there is the occasional foldout or gatefold, depending.
 boards are poplar
or popple as they say  around here.
and lastly, 
there are a bunch of us who joined in
this book includes 
many, me, too. india
www.indiaflint.com provided a platform
for her students
to share what they do.
to honor them.
but perhaps she didn't realize this
was also a way to honor her right back.
then, another little blurb book:
and she's written a new one
it's one of my very favorites
it seems so bright and well developed and clear
and very very rich
words of deeper knowing and dyeing, 
and some even about paper, yay!
this book is really wonderful.
this coming week i prep for two classes at the 
which will be fun!
mouse activity is more vigorous this summer
than ever, ever before. 
and then there's chipmunk relocation.
but i persevere!


i am prepping for my class at the morgan conservatory
and a private class following it.
four days in cleveland.
 but i ran across this large silk shawl
 and decided to dye it along with a few more arches samples.
 the milkweed behaved so differently 
than it did in salida!
hmm. even on paper it was different
of course there were some distinct differences,
the least of which was 3000 miles!
 another shifu sample
 with this heavenly 
habu yarn
 and here's the shawl
before pressing
 green, gold, pink and gray
not bad at all!
(and milkweed sap, which did eventually go away)
but it was a decidedly
different mindset
silk, paper
and one piece of cotton.