Repost from Mamie’s Schoolhouse, my new venture. So excited to have Irit Dulman teaching here this September. Registrations are filling fast, so don’t dilly dally! Please share with others who may be interested in taking one of her workshops.
Yesterday, when I took this photo, may have been the last day the ground, with all the lovely fallen apples, was visible for the season, for this morning all is white. I printed this silk with a hodgepodge of leaves left over from other work, and really like the soft result against the Dyer’s Chamomile background.
I use pre-loved natural fibre sweaters (mostly wool and cashmere) that the thrift stores can’t sell (due to holes, stains, etc.) and turn them into one of a kind wrist warmers and other useful items, and keep them out of the landfill so they can enjoy a new life. These wrist warmers will be in my online store this evening.
Marigold and henna dyed wool. I can’t wait until my new dye rings arrive (I somehow managed to lose ones I’d had for years when I moved permanently to Cape Breton a couple of years ago). It’s such a pain keeping the yarn strands untangled without them when dyeing, even with tying off, etc.
All paper and card stock used for my #handmadebooks is recycled. All plant material used for dyes and prints is organic and from my own property. I also hand-dye the local wool I use for binding, and wax it (makes the stitching easier and won’t tear the paper) with the most heavenly, aromatic pure beeswax from the local hives of my friends Dennis and Judy, who are organic farmers. I love bookmaking and each creation is truly a slow, artisanal labour of love, rooted in the natural abundance of Cape Breton, and guided by a desire to use resources wisely/frugally and to step as lightly as possible on precious Mother Earth.
All native species of the Acadian Forest ecosystem where I live - Red Maple, Sugar Maple, Striped Maple, Beech, and Birch. I am also slowly reintroducing many native species on my property that have been largely extirpated over the years - cut down for wood or because people didn’t appreciate their ecological importance - including Black Walnut, Staghorn Sumac, Witchhazel, Red Oak, Wild Raisin, and Chokecherry. I’ll be planting native species until the day I die.
The wind has been howling all night, and it bucketed down rain which is now turning to snow. It won’t stick, as it’s still mild out for the time of year, but it’s a thoroughly miserable morning, so I am grateful for simple comforts such as the wonder of plant pigments on lovely fibres from the Earth.
Super fine merino #wool with ferns, maple, and lilac leaves. I’ll have a large selection of beautiful silk and wool shawls/scarves, as well as a range of other #organic, #plantdyed#finetextiles and paper art at the upcoming Deck The Halls artisan fair at Sydney’s historic St Patrick’s Church Museum on the Esplanade (Friday through Sunday). Hope to see you there!
Finally starting to print the pile of silk I dyed with #madder a couple of weeks ago, this piece with fern and continus from my own organic property. Swipe for additional images. I’m really looking forward to the Deck The Halls artisan market in less than two weeks, but better get a move on as I have so much to do!
When travelling to Cape Breton Island, the new Victoria County Creates artisan gallery/shop in the historic, lakeside town of Baddeck is a must stop. One of a kind, high quality creations by local artisans range from hand-blown glass to jewellery, woodworking, and a range of gorgeous textiles. I'm very pleased that my organic, natural fibre, botanically dyed and printed textiles are now available through this wonderful fine craft showcase.
Looks like spring, feels like spring.. so how about some lovely floral?! Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10-5 for more flowery finds! This bag was handmade by Sharon Burchell #vccreates#handmade#shoplocal#springfeels