So, it was a rainy day, and the cat was bored and whining and following me all over. And so, when I felt something touch my leg, i was sure it was her rubbing up against me.
And then I looked down. And there was no cat there. And now i felt it more distinctly, something touching my shin……..
Instantly, almost reflex, i pulled up my pants leg….Whooooaaaaahhh!!! It was crawling up my leg, just coming over my sock and touching bare skin at my shin. A spastic motion with my hand and i had brushed it off, and the moment i saw it was off of me, sprang out of my chair and did a squiggly, squirmy dance. In fact, i could not stop whigging for a few seconds, or half-yelling.
After dancing around, i got the pliers from the drawer, a tool of preference, and all the whole corralling it away from places it might escape, slip through a crack or under furniture, i grabbed it with the pliers. Notice the funny way i am holding those pliers, so my hands are way at the end. One false move…….this baby’s LONG!!! Had to make sure i grabbed him right in the middle, too.
My cat failed. She was supposed to find this before it found my leg. She has found a few earlier this season. Rain always brings them up from outside into the house. They are looking for high and dry ground, and they often fall from the beams, that is how high they get.
This is the second time this has happened to me, in fact. The first one was pre-cat, but it crawled up my leg just like this one. Ew. Gotta keep an eye out….
This one did not make it very high, though. He was a fatty. When i catch these guys, they get flushed down the toilet. So, that is where this guy went.
Maybe next time, she’ll find it first.
This year, we are teaching BOTH mandala shibori AND itajime techniques in a three-day course. Mandalas basically being circular patterns which display different magnitudes of symmetry. Itajime shibori is an ancient japanese technique, but I initially approached it for a different reason. For me, the initial attraction was the fact that it is also repeated mandalas, if you look at it that way. And also the fact that Japanese width fabric lends itself so perfectly to such a technique!
Today, I completed this panel which combines both techniques in one work. The central mandala is 6 points in the middle, doubling to 12 points partway thru. Anybody who knows me and my work knows I love and prefer 6 and variables thereof, like 12 and 24. Six is displayed in nature in crystals of ice, and elsewhere, and the 12-point mandala surrounded by six-pointers seen in the itajime pattern (hard to make out clearly with this one, too many colors) is a basic representation of the structure within certain energy flow models. Sacred geometry, baby!
Granted, our first pieces don’t have to go the full nine-yards like this one did. We will learn and practice on both silk and cotton, steadily and repetitively over the three days. You will certainly get the practice needed to retain the technique, so you you can take it with you and make it your own! : ) Everybody should dye mandalas!! It’s too fun!We are still looking for more students, so if you think you are interested, get in touch! : )
There’s the link below.
Tried to make this 12 point out to 24 point mandala work. I had this super thin, super fine fabric which I had wanted to try for a while. Tied up a mandala yesterday and went for it. This is what I got. Kind of not what I had hoped for, a fail , in my eyes. Dye penetration sucks. Yeah, I ain’t gonna throw it away but….
First lesson: sometimes you push too hard and don’t get it exactly right.
One thing I found kinda ironic , though. The part which constitutes the fail, the areas of lighter color throughout the mandala, which radiate out from the center, actually look interesting , in a way, like light shining thru the mandala. Basically, the fail is the success….
Friend came to visit and brought me 4 new bundles of cotton tubeknit fabrics yesterday. He works inthe industry and frequently comes across discarded material…Four new cotton tubeknits!! How am I to be expected to concentrate??! Got an exhibition starting in five days….better concentrate…
This is a test mandala on one of the fabrics–a really thick jersey-like knit, not much stretch….
Dyein’ stuff blue,
Seemed like the thing to do.
An old honeycomb, some bark, fiber from wood,
Heck, I’d dye you blue, too, if only I could….