MAGICK DYE / rosemary

Ever wonder why certain herbs or plants are considered sacred or mystical? While not readily studied much in the Western world, herbalism has existed far longer than modern allopathic medicine, and in the development of plant medicine comes a whole treasure trove of folklore and mystical associations. 

ART INSPIRATION / shiva linga art

Shiva Linga, a symbol of the Hindu Lord Shiva, is a form that reminds one that the Omnipotent one is formless. Composed of the yoni, the female apect and the lingam, the male aspect. The form itself goes beyond phallic worship, but speaks more of the passive space and active time from which all life originates. 

PRODUCT / fire sunset tote bags

Like a phoenix rising and falling each morning and night, Father Sun burns brightly and leaves majestic fiery sunsets for the world to marvel at. Similarly, the internal fire of passion and love can be represented in one's own personal cycle of rest and rebirth, stronger each day and more focused on the path ahead.

 

VIDEO INSPIRATION / pendleton woolen mills

Next Wednesday, I'll be releasing a (very) limited run of two handwoven totes made from the wool scraps of Pendleton blankets. I acquired a few different colors of blanket scraps when I purchased my used Macomber floor loom along with tons of other rag rug weft. My first thought was not rugs, but tote bags. I love the look of rag rugs and I think the fabric would make wonderful, sturdy totes for everyday use. 

ART INSPIRATION / benjamin mackey

If it is certain that there are two things in life that I love (besides my husband obv) its Twin Peaks and Tarot. I have been obsessed with these renditions of the classic Rider-Waite-Smith deck done entirely in Twin Peaks characters. It's eerily "accurate" (trust--- this is from someone who has seen the entire series more times than I can count) and equally as thought-provoking. 

VIDEO INSPIRATION / how it's made: avl dobby looms

AVL Looms in Chico, California makes floor looms for both small scale and production weaving. They are most known for their dobby looms, which are computerized floor looms with a set number of harnesses. They are similar to a digital jacquard loom, but not as sophisticated a machine. Each thread is not individually controlled, as you still have different harnesses, but there is a great deal more design work available to you when working at 16 or 24 harnesses versus 4 or 8 on the standard floor loom.  

RESOURCES / textile magazines

Even with all of the endless sources of inspiration online these days, I still love thumbing through a gorgeous print magazine. It calms me, enables me to escape into its pages for an hour or so and truly appreciate textile work on a whole new level.  I love to collect textile magazines and honestly, I don't have enough. I wish I could subscribe to every single one, but as a niche publication tends to go, they can get quite pricey. That's why I am always on the lookout for back issues at thrift stores, used book stores, flea markets and occasionally eBay (if I'm looking for a particular issue). 

VIDEO INSPIRATION / sasha duerr

Sasha Duerr, author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients, has been a natural dyer for years. I was fortunate enough to sit in on one of her natural dye classes in college, which subsequently, sparked my own interest in natural dyeing. This video shows her experimenting with some native California plants. Great inspiration to look to your backyard or neighborhood for dye material!

NATURAL DYEING / 50 mordants

I know some dyers have concerns about the toxicity of using mordants in natural dyeing. Yes, some can be extremely toxic if misused, but there are a lot that are also extremely safe. I have compiled a list of 50 mordants that can be used in natural dyeing. I have not removed those that can be considered toxic (like chrome and tin) as to not exclude any possibilities. Do some research and make the decision for yourself, it's everyone's personal choice what substances they feel comfortable using and I'm not here to preach one way or the other.

THE WEAVING KIND / october challenge - natural dyeing

Instagram has become my favorite place to meet fellow weavers. One of these awesome weavers, Sarah Neubert, has created a wonderful community with her monthly challenges via The Weaving Kind. 

The Weaving Kind releases a new assignment every month to challenge and push weavers creatively and technically in their work, while simultaneously exposing you to new artists and fellow weaving peers. Talk about inspiration overload! 

VIDEO INSPIRATION / mastercrafts - weaving

I was so incredibly moved to tears while watching this little documentary / UK television show called Mastercrafts, that focuses on different crafts each episode. The only one I watched was the weaving episode. Full disclosure, I'm an empath, so I tend to get really emotional when watching any sort of TV (also why I can't hardly watch anything scary, but I digress) so you may not be as "moved" by this as I was, but it really resonated with my path as an artist and as weaver.