Oh my Stars. Let me begin by saying that I am following my instincts. I said at the beginning of the year that I would, and I am. That means, stepping out of my semi-shy self and placing myself among the people that I admire.
There is a world of beauty in textile-arts. And, although the people I know, are leagues ahead of me, I'm gradually learning. So what I see for the first time, merits my comment! Being a part of the Slow Cloth Group, piloted by Elaine Lipson, is educating me in ways that are exciting and inspiring. Artists and Teachers have joined, and each day I can count on hearing about an exhibit, an article, a favorite book or seeing something new in the photo gallery.
One of the artists that has captured my spirit is Glennis Dolce/Shibori Girl.
Her blog is beautifully written, her words and photographs always make me smile. Glennis is a talented, educated/and established contemporary artist, living in Long Beach. She creates the most beautiful hand-dyed fabrics and ribbons. But, the production doesn't end there, her gallery is filled a variety of items that she's made with her textiles. Using techniques that she's learned through her studies and experiences, she shares with us, the world of Indigo. What is it that Rachel Zoe often says? "I die"! I find myself looking at Glennis' fabrics and say, "I die for Indigo"! (This could very-well be my last blog post!)
This year I became interested in a couple things, the life of a Silk Worm and hand-dyeing fabrics using plant materials. Funny that I should be lead right back to Shibori Girl. I've since read her posts with interest and enthusiasm! In a recent post, I was moved to leave a comment.
Then, I heard from Glennis. At first, I was floored.
My blog looks like this and that, due to a hundred patterns that I am willing to try.
More importantly, the blog is filled with a hundred fish, what will she think?
Well, I am happy to say, it is, about the fish!
I found it interesting that Glennis grew up in Yokohama, Japan. Can you imagine the beauty and artistry that must have influenced her? She has collected fabric fish from Japan and shared pictures with me. As detailed as I imagined they would be, the fish are beautiful. And, as I was sending back an email to her...Glennis surprised me with a gift. She offered me some of her fabrics for my fish.
Turn me upright...I am Blessed!
I told Glennis that it will be difficult to take scissors to these....
All of these glorious pieces will be a part of a fish collection!
Last year I met an artist/teacher, who had served for years as an art show juror.
She told me, as I was showing the Fish Charms for the first time, that the fish would be hands-down, approved. I was delighted to hear this because the idea of Fish Charms came from above. And, as the fish have done in the past, (it brings out a general happy discussion) our conversation turned into an art lesson. I can still see her hands flowing through the air, as she described the sketching of fish.
~Fill my life with these moments, I love it.
You see where my path is leading me?
My life is in the middle of changes, I am no longer raising children, the kids are grown and leading exciting lives. My hubby says it's time to spend all the energy that I want, into the direction of producing my whimsical fish. He's experienced first-hand, the joy and enthusiasm, as I sell them ( my fish are here and there, including Europe).
Okay!...after all, I do have over 10 years of experience in making them. I can do this.
After the surprise visit from Shibori Girl, I am convinced that it is time to focus.
All the signs are there. I've learned enough/and am comfortable to say, the Asian tradition of giving fish (art) , is exactly what I am about. Every fish that I've ever made, I've asked a blessing over it; and hoped that the fish would bring happiness. If you look up the tradition of giving fish...it's wishing one prosperity, which to me, is happiness.
I decided long ago to not worry about selling these fish...just make them. It was a wise decision. I've enjoyed the experience of meeting people, seeing their responses. Basically, the fish sell themselves. Well, almost!
I think it's a combination of the fish and my spirit.
If I've kept an accurate account, men go gaga over these just as much as the women do!
The last few days have been spent choosing a new fish to craft. I think I have picked out one that is exciting and beautiful.
If you would like to visit Shibori Girl, her blog link is here: Shibori Girl
She is to hold an Indigo-Shibori-Silk workshop at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, October 2, 2010. If I was in the area, I'd already be signed up!
Then, have fun shopping for Shibori Girl Indigo and Ribbon:
Shibori Girl at Big Cartel
Shibori Girl Etsy
Glennis...Your kindness and generosity has not been wasted. I (deeply) appreciate the gifts and look forward to using the fabric. The first Indigo Fish Charm is yours!