Believe it or not, this photo was taken at night.
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.
Today, the woven cloth from the previous post looks like this.
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 ❥❥❥❥
Today, I really like this.
And now we're off to the beach for the late afternoon.