Working so much that the desire to make cloth has slipped away from me for the time being. I'm too exhausted to think creatively in that direction.
Sunday morning offered a little time off and the chance to make a short voyage with Nilo and a couple of friends to the other side of the Golfo Dulce by lancha.
We got lucky! On the outward trip we saw many manta rays, jumping into the air and swimming gracefully at the surface of the water. Fascinating! On the return journey, a group of dolphins right beside the boat.
Nilo: self portrait.
I need to remember, sometimes, it's important to do nothing.
It looks almost like sunrise, but it is the moon last night. When we have a full moon here in the early months of the year, it rises above the sea, and then you can see a slither of silver on the horizon (hazy at the bottom of the image).
Today, Nilo had the idea to collect more berries of the plant Conostegia subcrustulata (Melastomataceae) for cloth dying. The berries yield a royal blue-purple color, which always seems so promising. We prepared some small cloth scraps for dying.
We've experimented with these berries before. You'll find more about that here.
Inspite of the strong intial color, I've never had any sucess with this particular experiment. I had thought it might work if I added alum as a mordant and boiled the cloth. It didn't work!
But nevermind! There was still a few ounces of logwood grey powder. So I threw it all back in the pan and boiled it up again...
... and now I have some nice ghost shibori for a future cloth.
I'm very pleased with this. Here, it looks a little greyer than it actually is. The darker tones are more of a sea green than grey. I love this technique.The practical fact of bringing tradition into the now! And we all know who we have to thank for this...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JUDE. I hope that you're having a magical day and I send you lots of ❥❥❥❥