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Soul Healing in Autumn

Nothing is eternal. Things are on a constant change. And yet, change is rather a disturbing concept for the mind. We prefer to imagine that things will be always happening the same way, will look the same way, or stay the same way. Every change comes unexpected most of the time. So does the change of seasons, regardless of the fact that it’s been anticipated.

In Autumn, when my dye garden ripens to perfection, when leaves are changing in color with every sunny day it is getting so easy for me to resonate with the Change. Watching trees shed leaves and reveal more and more of the blue sky above every day, realizing that with a blink of an eye all colorful foliage abundance will be gone and Nature will fall into dormancy somehow makes me non resistant to the whole concept of the impermanence. And at this time of the year involvement in a kind of a creative process that is connected with the shift of seasons and is possible only if you keep pace with the Change, turns you from an observer into co-creator. For me, this is when the Change from a disturbing concept becomes inspiring and motivating.

So, this year, to honor the harvest instead of stocking up windfall, as I would usually do, I have resumed my dye kitchen and started another Contact Dyeing project. I decided to follow the change of color in leaves and select botanical material for every piece I do choosing accordingly from the red ripe leaves as they appear.

At sunny weather I am starting my day with a quick inspection of plants from the nearby park and my garden. I come back with my botanical material selection of the day and start dyeing studio activities right away. As the process goes through the whole day I’ve got plenty of time to reflect on my next composition thinking about fiber type of fabrics I am going to use, way to introduce mordants into the process, and in which order I want to fulfill stages of the contact dyeing process. In general natural dyeing process cannot be accelerated and you just got to comply with this tempo. Going through the day in such an unhurried pace calms down mind and clears up thoughts.

This season first to go into my dyeing kitchen have been foliage of catalpa, maple, tamarisk, smoke bush, sophora, sumac, and peony leaves which I deliberately didn’t cut off after peonies bloomed.

I also feel so grateful and delighted when I can turn ordinary leaves into incredible instruments to create unique designs on textiles.

The more you create the more inspiration you get and your soul feels up with pure joy you want to share and spread – One of those ordinary things that prevents the lightness of being from becoming unbearable.


June Students in my Studio! Июнь, в мастерской ученики!

Summertime. But it is not easy. In fact, it has been pretty hard this past half a year. God knows how hard. But then you all, my friends, have been real support for me, your kind sincere messages and words of support helped me a lot to get trough the darkest and hardest times during past half a year. I really appreciate you being there for me! Thank you a lot many times! The situation in my country is still being complicated and not easy but I feel much confident, though still on the alert every day, but I strongly hope for the best…

Okay, getting back to the subject.  I have just finished the first part of my Summer practical classes with students at my studio. The next part will be in July. Meeting people and working with them introducing to my approaches in textiles is a mighty enjoyable activity for me. Hope, my students enjoy the time they are spending at my studio as well.

In the focus of attention of the June Practice was Contact Dyeing with predictable and versatile outcome. We touched upon the theoretical and practical sides of the contact extraction of plant material onto fabric and the ways of making the Contact Dyeing results versatile, not looking alike every time, and the methods of controlling the extraction process on different types of surfaces, i.e. plain fabrics, felted, nuno felted, etc. Another interesting aspect of the program is the aesthetic aspect of textile design of wearables.

Absorbing is moment when practice proves the theory! Theory is dry and dead, but the Tree of Life is evergreen with leaves, so to say. Not always green leaves other colors as well, and not just leaves, prints  did we get from the pots!

wsh02wsh03 wsh04wsh01Gloves are Good!!

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nice ride! 

wsh11wsh10wsh12wsh09wsh13did I mention Gloves?

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the Beginning…

 

Лето – славная пора во всех отношениях. На этот раз лето непростое. И добавить тут нечего. Однако, работа продолжается и приносит с собой радость неожиданных открытий и новых знакомств.

Только что завершила первый этап практической работы с учениками у себя в мастерской в этом сезоне, начавшийся в конце мая. Интенсивно, напряженно, увлекательно для меня, как учителя, и надеюсь, что плодотворно для моих слушателей

Захватывающий момент, когда теория подтверждается практикой, а практика, подкрепленная твердой теорией, ведет к дальнейшему “развитию сюжета” и радует результатами. Как известно, практика, не подкрепленная теорией, часто заводит в тупики, мягко говоря. А про теорию без практики – даже и упоминать не стоит.

В фокусе июньской программы – технические сбособы получения ранообразных, заведомо отличающихся один от другого результатов контактной экстракции натуральных красителей на текстильных материалах. Иными словами, мы разбирались, как сделать так, чтобы не все результаты крашения выглядели бы одинаково; каким образом можно влиять на процесс; правильно планировать процесс с учетом особенностей как поверхности материала, так и специфики его предназначения. Эстетическая часть – построение декоративной композиции текстильного произведения.

 


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