Looking Nifty

A basket of finished towels! Not a bad site to behold. They still need one good washing before a hot iron and packaging of some sort. The jury is still out on which towel is the best. I’ll let consumers be the best judge. Why did I choose these two colors? The blue and orange-yellow?Continue reading “Looking Nifty”

Pushing forward with something

Today was the first WARM day here in the Willamette Valley. We hit 80F (26.6C)! Our spring has been overly wet and grey. Some of the native trees have been about 2 weeks behind schedule. On “normal years”, the Plumeria plants move outside around April 1. This year its a month late. Current art relatedContinue reading “Pushing forward with something”

Blue Fern

With the depressing state of the US government, I’ve decided to take a few days off from social media to work on art projects. First on the list is completing a small edition of the screen print tea towels. The fern image required a bit of touch-up before moving forward. Half of the morning wasContinue reading “Blue Fern”

Sheep to Yarn: Cleaning Fleece

  The weather is warming up which means its time to start cleaning wool. The past few weeks have been grey and rainy, not very appealing for starting the first experiment. A few weeks back, I created a basic rack for drying the washed fleece using hardware cloth and lumber from the stash. The new creationContinue reading “Sheep to Yarn: Cleaning Fleece”

Shearing 

Saturday morning I dashed off to Harry & Carol’s farm to take in the shearing process. Carol had let me know on Friday afternoon via email that the shearer was coming. Of course, I didn’t read emails that afternoon/evening and discovered the news on Saturday morning. Thirteen ewes need a haircut. Vince, who trained inContinue reading “Shearing “

From Farm to Yarn Project

Like life isn’t filled with enough projects! Last month when we visited Carol & Harry, I was struck by something Harry said regarding their wool: No one wants it and it often  ends up in the compost pile. Wow! This probably happens with a lot of small farms with small sheep population. The brain jumpedContinue reading “From Farm to Yarn Project”

Artists Running Amok- part 1

Oh yes, last night we sprinted between studios during the first night of pre-tour for the 2015 Philomath Open Studios. We managed to make it to 9 out of 17 studios. We have one more night to cover the remaining 8. Saturday, the studios all open at noon for the public. Let the sales begin!Continue reading “Artists Running Amok- part 1”

Trying something new

My hands are complaining about cutting paper. This time, it’s not just the right hand that was damaged by all the wire work back in 2014. Sigh…. so what can I do? Well, not much right now. I’m already swamped with physical therapy for my feet and trying to solve those issues (MRI on Thursday!).Continue reading “Trying something new”

More Playtime

Yesterday I set about creating a different test piece, more elaborate and of a suitable size for sale. The cut work and coloring was accomplished that afternoon. Today, I mounted it to mulberry paper and a frame. It’s drying right now and I hope to apply wax before too long. Colorwise, I actually like howContinue reading “More Playtime”

New Contemplation 

Monday night there was a meeting for POST on the hottest evening of the year (97F or 36.1C). Fortunately, it wasn’t only about business, but involved a potluck dinner too! It’s always fun to gather with such a diverse group of artists! Not everyone could make it, but there were several new faces and some of friends notContinue reading “New Contemplation “