Thursday, April 28, 2011

Half Sick of Rain

Life has been complicated this spring, and now it is raining, raining, raining.  I don't even know how many inches have fallen in the last 7 days -- and many many trees have fallen too.  The National Guard have been here and sandbagged along the river.  The river is now an ocean surrounding our beautiful buildings in many places, but it has not (yet) seeped in.  It breeds a sort of malaise.

My dear friend Sandra Brownlee just told me about this painting -- in reference to my own work? -- and I can't resist posting it.  By the artist John William Waterhouse,  it is titled "I am half-sick of shadows, said the Lady of Shalott", and her posture at her loom says it all.

"I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Said the Lady of Shallot"

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dyeing as if the Earth Mattered with Michele Wipplinger

I am so lucky to live in this marvelous, creative and inspired Utopian community.  We are graced with restaurants, art galleries, antique shops, world class architecture, important social history, a fine Inn, and TWO textile designers, among our 900 residents.  Docey Lewis and myself have a great time sitting around coming up with creative ideas for spreading our textile wealth, and our latest idea is to begin a series of textile-based workshops led by prominent artists to bring new visitors to our magical town.

The first workshop will feature reknowned dyer Michele Wipplinger of Earthues.  Here's the information, or you can go online to

Where:      Sara Campbell Blaffer Potter’s House, New Harmony, Indiana

Cost:  $500 ( includes tuition and materials fee); $680 (includes tuition, materials fee, and 3 nights double-occupancy + breakfast at the New Harmony Inn)

This workshop focuses on an ecological approach to natural dyeing by creating multiple color combinations in one dyebath. Using diverse fiber types such as wool, silk and cellulose substrates, in combination with Earthues’ natural dye extracts, four artful color combinations are possible, including an indigo overdye. This method uses one dye pot per team of two and two indigo vats.  From this simple, low water and low heat method, a multitude of hues emerge, creating a unique and diverse color palette.

Sponsor: New Harmony Artists Guild

Contact:  Docey Lewis 812-682-3868 or
Laura Nicholson 812-781-1348

Register online:

For room reservations contact the New Harmony Inn

T: 800-782-8605  (Six double rooms have been reserved. Mention Natural Dye Workshop)

This workshop is limited to the first 15 registrants.

Make checks payable to: New Harmony Artists Guild  

Mail to: Docey Lewis, Workshop Coordinator
             P.O. Box 6
             New Harmony, Indiana 47631