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Flourishing butterbur Beavers woke up Full moon in three days

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In this magical time of the year when Nature unveils itself, the most conspicuous recent traces of change around my usual routes just turned into a Haiku style blank verse and appeared as a title of this post.

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Everything in nature resting during the winter, got charged up to come out as the earth is waking up in spring. Flowering Butterbur stock (Petasites vulgaris) gives the river bank a bit of a look of a Martian landscape. Butterbur extract may prevent migraine headaches, they say. Doctors do not know exactly how butterbur prevents migraines, they say. And this, in addition to many medicinal properties of this plant. 

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Spring is all about light. Everything around is opening up and shaking free from winter dormancy. Especially beavers! Beavers do not hibernate, but are less active during winter.

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Obviously beavers are embracing the freedom of spring after a long winter. On my spring exploratory excursion, I encountered a well-built beaver lodge, one I hadn’t known about before.

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Beavers’ ability to change the landscape is second only to humans. their favorite foods include water lily tubers, apples and the leaves and green bark (cambium) from aspen and other fast-growing trees. Tree cutting is part of nature’s cycle, and beaver pruning stimulates willows, cottonwood and aspen to regrow bushier than ever the next spring. 

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Again  we become part of the process of re-creation that is occurring during the season of Springtime! And speaking of being a part of creative process, I just happened to meet these amazing people deeply fascinated by poetry in Haiku style. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets. I have been always admiring brevity and imagistic language in haiku which makes you feel connected to nature. Haikus are often inspired by nature, a moment of beauty, or poignant experience… And on the other hand, writing haiku provides a new way to look at the world… 

I am so proud that the first issue of Haiku Port Quarterly 1/2018  was published with my participation.  And on the other hand, writing haiku provides a new way to look at the world… 

 

Flourishing butterbur

Beavers woke up

Full moon in three days

 

 

 


Strawberry on a Rock!

More on regionalism: The local resources for Natural Dyeing. Not just plants!

I live close enough to the sea which is very handy for my beach treasure hunting.

Rocks are among my sea shore favs, nicely colored and shaped. I enjoy arranging them into enigmatic constructions among my plants in the garden. Rocks are also quite handy when I need to press down the edge of an art work, or such. Also, they work great as resists in shibori.

This time I remembered that rocks can contain a great deal of metal ores, some of them do. And being neither mineralogist, nor petrologist, I yet decided to give it a try and see if I could get any mordants acting directly from the rocks themselves, In addition to their mechanical resist properties in dyeing.

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  • So, I chose a couple of rocks nicely colored guessing that those might work better; 
  • I took silk and cotton fabrics, just washed, no mordants;
  • Strawberry leaves;
  • Two vessels: a neutral pot (glass) -for the silk; and my brass pot – for the cotton

In the arrangement above, the rock with the rolled silk is the lower one, and the piece of cotton is bound to the upper rock. The two sticks just for the balance.

The rock with the rolled silk was simmered in the neutral pot (glass) for about 2 hours and left for 10 days before opened. This is what I got:

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The sample with cotton was simmered in the brass pot, as I doubted that a not pre-mordanted cotton cloth would print even in a rock-as-a-mordant situation.

This is what the cotton piece ended up with:

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Not much for the printing, ha? 

In both cases I surely trace some iron-oxide virtue! Even if with the cotton sample it is just a ghostly blur.

I only regret that I have not taken some pics of the stones before I put them into use, so much I was captivated by the idea, as they completely changed their colors after the procedure. They turned almost black and new color won’t wash away.

I love what is already there, given by the Nature, within my hand’s reach! And more than that I love the fact that I can use it for my art-work!

Happy discoveries, y’all!

 


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