And Spring sank into the mist on the Fishing Shore…

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What color is the off-season on the sea strand?

img_5989Sometimes it happens so that one fine day you come to the seaside and suddenly fall out of time as you stand on a foggy shore while sea waters are drowsily swaying over the sand.

Fishing boats and nets are dreaming on the coast and waiting on the next time when they take the sea.

img_5988 It seems as if a sudden descent of fog, like a spell, froze over these toilers the moment they were stepping out of the sea as the shift completed.

img_5987 Hopes, expectations, dreams, plans, all having been put off to give place to the mist limbo that spilled over the coast. As you enter the territory your sense of time kind of gets lost. This mist is like another dimension in which your ordinary reality exists only as reflection in a drop of a foggy dew.

img_5981 You are no longer sure what brought you here, or what you were about to do next. All reasons now are no more than faint echoes from afar.

img_5984 Then at some point all usual senses merge, letting in an overall feeling of spiritual comfort and harmony. And you feel like entering the unknown terrain. This is the moment when inspiration takes over your mind… However, it is quite possible that this is just an effect on your mind you are getting from the negatively charged ions in the air, after all.

img_5940 This way or another, color scheme suggested by the fog inevitably appears on my next up-cycled pieces, something you can put on and wear your memories of the Spring mist on the Fishing Shore close to your heart…

Once in a while you just feel urged to break away from spatial-temporal routine to find yourself in a place where there is none, where one can ruminate with no distraction. For me stepping into the mist on the Fishing Shore will be entering one of those places. Because the mist is not here to confuse and disorient, it rather gives an opportunity to sink through the confusion and gain clarity. Follow your arrow and you’ll get there.

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The Red Willow of the Equinox

The spring equinox is the best time to start something new. Our sacred sun has returned to bring new beginnings and balance.  This time used to be considered the new year in many parts of Europe until the middle of the 18th century. And what other peculiar facts can we find about spring equinox?

Millennia ago the Lakota people of the U.S. Midwest noticed that every spring, the sun rises in the constellation known as the Dried Willow. Those stars look like nubs on the branch, and the branch represents the red willow. The inner bark of that red willow is the main ingredient used to make tobacco for the equinoctial Sacred Pipe ceremony, which is meant to rekindle the sacred fire of life on Earth…

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The equinox is a day with light and dark of nearly equal length, with the Sun rising precisely in the east and setting precisely in the west. Equinox literally means “equal night.”

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The spring and fall equinoxes are also the only days of the year when a person standing on the Equator can see the sun passing directly overhead.

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Spring is the time of the year when the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is complete. The light and the darkness meet at equal footing…

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An ancient method of tracing the Sun’s meanderings through the sky involves using light and shadow to paint particular images…

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That day upon a portion of useful information, I went watching Nature’s equinox installations on a stormy sea shore and collecting fragments and bits to create a new beginning for something beautiful.

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Finding treasures of this equinox – drops of solidified sunshine on the beach – is so inspiring!

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Memory, Mystery and Magic… Amber is a window to the past. The most attractive quality of amber is that it possesses very old energy. With this old energy comes the acquired wisdom of the earth.

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Amber belongs to a small class of organic gems, neither a crystal nor a mineral, but a biological product of nature, a protective resin that oozed from living trees in dense, prehistoric forests and fossilized over millions of years. Sap is the liquid and Resin is the solid parts of the life essence of a tree. This Life Essence carries the trees Immune system, nutrients and healing properties like blood circulating throughout the body of the tree.

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Amber was used medicinally for thousands of years for headaches, heartaches, and pains of all kinds. Amber is a mixture of hydrocarbons, composed of several tree resins (mostly of an extinct Pine genus, or in some areas extinct Hymenaea species), plant materials, a volatile oil and succinic acid.

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My friend Mara can turn “Gold of the Sea” into intricate talismans of beauty, protection and renewal.

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Meanwhile, on the beach Nature kept playing with light and shade creating incredible structures of ice and willow branches on the sand.

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And when all equinox legends and myths read, “catch” of the day collected, I got down to translating elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use.

“And suddenly you know… It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

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Play Time. Take One

So, here we go! July workshops unwind.

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A total surprise creative session for Natural Printing newcomers.

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Having taken it slowly we ended up with expanding quantity of raving natural mono prints.

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As the number of the resulting printed pages grew, so was the general enthusiasm about learning more and immersing deeper into the Natural Dyeing process.

Next take will be introduction of Direct Contact Extraction on silk and polyamide. We are starting this coming Thursday, July 20. Come join! 

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Grateful to be around happy people!


Solstice Sunset

I’m glad my workshop schedule is ready and classes are filling up. Some work is done and some more is on the way. There is a huge to do list for my studio work. And the Gallery lives it’s live too…

But what’s outside my creative place? Taking a walk to make a wreath and throw it to the water on Solstice we watched a secret rite of the three on the pond.




After all the swans moved away…

I like this part of the day when water and sky become one with the only dividing stripe of the skyline. The time when all ordinary turns into magic…

What a magical gift this sunset was! Do your magic, soul friends, and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!


New Season, the Grand Opening

Just sharing the big news that The Project of “a gallery-studio-meeting point space” in Pomerania has finally got its accomplishment! There was a prominent opening ceremony with over than 60 guests present. Fine Arts Gallery “Szary Ganek” had the honor to be oped by Mayor of Pruszcz Gdanski, Mr. Janusz Wróbel.

So many new friends came over to congratulate and shared the joy of the moment. We have got some coverage, and some more.

And I want to Thank so much all of you who have been supporting and assisting on the way! All of you, my close and far away Friends, my new friends and companions!

 

 

 


Sun and Storm

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Walking side by side, the Sun and the Storm alternate on the coast, each in their own way caring for the Earth. Here, by the Sea, the stormy weather comes quite often. The storm always brings pieces of drift wood, big and small.

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Black fractions of drift wood lying in water conceal bits of the Sun dropped long ago.

And I can’t stop looking for them either on a stormy day, or when the Sun shines.

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A little orange sparkle on the background of timber chipping – I can spend hours digging in drift wood and filling my thermos mug up with amber.

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And sometimes the Sea brings nothing but sea shells… and the grumpy Sky gazes apathetically at the hassle beneath…

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But full soon, all the setting changes as the Sun appears to replace its playfellow.

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And out of the blue you’re getting the chance to learn the truth!

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New Studio is Open! Workshop on November 5, and more. Мастеркласс 5 ноября в новой мастерской

New studio on the Baltic Sea is all set up and working! I have just made a FB page for it to reflect what’s going on there, as my new project is also a gallery. The name is Creative Cultural House Szary Ganek “Szary ganek” means “a grey veranda” which is a peculiar detail of this place, located in the historical old part of the town. And I should credit my friend Monika Goralska for finding such a speaking name for the place. Check out her site, she is a skillful felter with great style.

So, I am starting a series of practical classes on my techniques, more like a school. The general schedule is on the way. The idea of the program is to go from easy things to more complicated and complex. This approach will help to build confidence for the beginners and enhance practical skills of those already practicing dyeing and painting.

On November 5, I will teach Natural Monoprint on Paper, Class 1 

Fresh and dry botanical materials can definitely create some drama on watercolor and hand crafted heavy weight paper. Printing on paper with leaves via Contact Dyeing technique is much easier than same technique on fabric, and requires very little to zero knowledge of the material to create beautiful results. All it takes is to follow your instructor provided she/he knows what to do 🙂 and you will be able to replicate the procedure and get the same fine results on your own. Contact Dyeing on paper is also a great way to get introduction to general natural dyeing and printing and Slow Fashion concept.

Students bring:

  • their paper, any type from cheapest to watercolour and handmade paper;
  • windfall leaves selection of their choice

Equipment and other materials for the class will be provided. Additional info and questions – please email at fivepointsstudio@yahoo.com

The same class will be held on November 11. Same time, same place.

 

On November 12, I will teach Class 2: Natural Monoprint and Mixed Media, Creating Artist Cards. The concept of developing random natural prints on paper into a complete art work I described here.

Students bring:

  • dry natural prints on paper from Class 1;
  • pens, metallic markers, markers for calligraphy;
  • painting knifes, flat brushes synthetic sizes small to medium;
  • black ink, white, red acrylic paint;
  • acrylic paints in colors of own choice

Equipment and other materials for the class will be provided. Additional info and questions – please email at fivepointsstudio@yahoo.com

 

Info on further classes is on the way. Stay tuned 🙂

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Моя новая мастерская на Балтийском море пущена в эксплуатацию! Вот новая страничка в фейсбуке о мастерской-галерее Creative Cultural House Szary Ganek “Szary ganek” означает “серая веранда”, это меткое название подсказала мне Monika Goralska замечательная мастерица валяния с хорошим стилем. Название метко указывает на архитектурную особенность дома в исторической части города, где и располагается мастерская.

Итак, я начинаю серию мастер классов по моим техникам, своеобразную школу. Общая идея программы – продвигаться от простого к сложному, что позволит начинающим наработать уверенность, а тем, кто уже практикует техники крашения и рисования, приобрести дополнительные полезные навыки.

5 ноября состоится мастеркласс  по Натуральному монопринту на бумаге. Занятие 1-е.

Сухой и свеже собранный растительный материал прекрасно работает на различных типах бумаги в технике контактного крашения. При этом для отличных результатов не требуется никаких предварительных специальных знаний. Если повторять все то же самое, что выполняет инструктор на занятии, то результаты гарантированы и легко воспроизводимы при самостоятельной работе. Контактное крашение на бумаге – отличное введение в тему натурального крашения и Slow Fashion в целом.

Необходимо принести:

  • бумага для рисования любого сорта, от самой дешевой до акварельной и черпанной;
  • листья осенние на свой выбор

Оборудование и другие необходимые материалы предоставляются. Уточнения и вопросы сюда: fivepointsstudio@yahoo.com

Такое же занятие будет проводиться 11 ноября. В том же месте, в тот же час.

 

12 ноября состоится мастеркласс, развивающий тему монопринта, Занятие 2-е: натуральный монопринт и смешанная техника на бумаге. Миниатюры. Идея создания на основе случайных натуральных отпечатков законченного художественного произведения изложена здесь

Необходимо принести:

  • сухие натуральные принты на бумаге с предыдущего занятия;
  • ручки, маркеры металлик, контуры, маркеры для каллиграфии;
  • мастихины, синтетические кисти плоские, малый и средний размер;
  • черную тушь, белую и красную акриловую краску;
  •  акриловые краски цвета на свой выбор

Оборудование и другие необходимые материалы предоставляются. Уточнения и вопросы сюда: fivepointsstudio@yahoo.com

Расписание следующих мастерклассов в пути 🙂

 


Batik Class in Lithuania/ Писали батик в Литве

This June for my Batik class in Lithuania I had a great group of dedicated students. Technically Batik requires a lot of concentration and patience, and is not an easy technique for beginners. We had quite an intense practical part and as the result each student fulfilled two batik works. During my demonstration I shared my favorite surface design techniques on cotton and linen fabric, some of which students incorporated into their works. 

В июне на моем занятии по батику в Литве собралась замечательная группа очень добросовестных студентов. Технически батик требует большой концентрации и терпения, и для новичков является не самой простой задачей. Практическая часть нашего занятия была достаточно интенсивной, и в результате каждая ученица к концу занятия сделала по две законченные работы.  В демонстрационной части занятия я поделилась своими особыми приемами создания дизайна поверхности на льняной и хлопковой ткани, и студенты смогли применить сразу же некоторые из них в своих работах. 

Students at work/ Студенты за работой:

 

We followed one color combination/ Мы придерживались определенной цветовой комбинации:

Some surface design on linen fabric/ Примеры дизайна поверхности на льняных образцах:

One happy batik session! Замечательное занятие 🙂

 


Botanical Monoprint on Paper the Upcoming Class/ Предстоящий класс по Натуральному монопринту

In a little while I will be teaching Botanical Monoprint on paper in Šiauliai, Lithuania. 

Fresh and dry botanical materials can definitely create some drama on watercolor and hand crafted heavy weight paper 🙂




Ina Felt is hosting the workshop, June, 17! See you all soon!xx

Уже скоро в Шауляе в Литве буду давать мастер класс по Натуральному монопринту. 
Когда в дело идёт акварельная и черпанная бумага, результаты могут быть превосходными. 

Организатор: Ina Felt 

Встречаемся 17 июня. До встречи! 🙂


Painting with Leaves/ Живопись листвой

Or should I call it Contact Painting?  Because it is printing and painting at the same time. To create color and replicate natural botanical form. Greateful to see new details unravel!

Живопись листвой – или Контактная живопись, так как это и печать и живопись одновременно. В результате получается цвет и воспроизводится растительная форма. Восторг находить что-то неожиданно новое!

We will unravel some Contact Painting aspects during one of my workshops in Lithuania this June.

На одном из моих МК в Литве в июне мы начнем тему Контактной живописи.

🙂


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