Impatient appreciation?

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Despite last weeks endeavours this week there was not quite as much success. The growing season here is taking its time. No new blossoms have bloomed… unless dandelion blossoms count. However it has been raining the past few days and maybe that will give the garden that push it needs to get blooming in its full spring potential. Anyways for now, I am here impatiently waiting for the lilacs that are on their way here. I can see the buds  but none of them that are on our bush have opened yet and that is my next experiment. I want to try the flowers and some of the root as I am told the two give different colours.

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Cones for Cones

Finally I have been able to slip into my natural dyeing plans. When I first got back home I was in a sort of rut. I had just finished all my assignments and I knew I was going on a quick road-trip with my mom to celebrate my aunts 60th birthday. So it was hard for me to get into any kind of habitual routine. Anyways after that tangent… This is my second round of dye baths this week, and this was pine cone day. I had collected two different types of pinecones.

 

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Spring has sprung?

Okie dou, so finally there are some flowers and blossoms that have bloomed that I can experiment with, here at my parents house! Yay! As soon as I saw the blooms I went and got my paper bags and gathered an ample amount of blossoms and boiled them up with wonder. I started off with two types of flowers to experiment with. One really surprised me and the other gave me what I expected. Here are the finished results:

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(The one on the bottom is a lemony yellow and the one on top is a subtle pale sage green)

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Starting out Samples

Here in the bleak winter there are some of the samples I have been able to make with natural dyes. I feel like when you experiment with these dyes it is almost as important to try out different types of fibres as it is to test out the dyes themselves.

Every time I was testing out the dyes for the first time in my own kitchen I tried to put in a snippet of all the different types of natural fibres I had lying around my apartment. I spun in silks, cottons, silk cotton blends, linens, natural fibre velvets, etc… And most of them had different outcomes. Some had deeper colours than other fibres despite the fact that they were put into the same dye bath. This does not come to a complete shock to me, I had hypothesized that this would happen. But it was still interesting to see and fun to experiment with.

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An Exposition

The end of the school year is coming to an end soon. Scary, exciting and nerve-racking. I’m excited to get all this load of work done, but nervous because then I have to get my marks back. Also exciting because I’m moving back in with my parents as I am applying to transfer to a place closer to home (fifteen minutes from my front door to be exact). I have learned a lot this past year. I have learnt more independence, my values (in nature, in my environment, in politics/ social conduct, in relations, in people, etc…), how I operate, conceptual thinking, and what I am most excited about…. A path in the art world that I am interested in taking and exploring.

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