After 3 hard days and a bad cold included I have some more time to relax until late afternoon, when we have to take the exhibition down. I still cannot upload any photos to the blog, hmmm, no idea what is wrong.
We had lots of people going through yesterday and lots of good comments. Now we need the buyers ;)
I have been lazy recently writing here, but busy with all sorts of other things. Finally I finished yesterday the things to put in our 5th Art in the Garden on the weekend. The floating paua was more difficult than I thought. To felt around the shells was a bit tricky and finally I used some PVA to be sure that it doesn't fall off.
I will take better photos once it is hanging in the Garden. While I was working on this I got so frustrated by the behaving of the wool, that I suddenly realized, the wool would be so much better for a cobweb scarf and I made a quick decision and did one and I am quite happy about the result. It will definitely get a small paua shell as a clasp or so and I will call it mermaid's wrap
In a spontanious moment I made another hanging for the exhibition, which I call just rainbow. Here it is drying in the shower
This afternoon we (all members of the coop) will meet for a little working bee. I am still waiting for my granddaughter right now. She decided to have a nice long sleep at home and daddy had time, so she will come later today. I will take her with me to Origin. She can have fun with all the aunties and grannies there ;)
Now we are back in Kerikeri for 2 weeks, and I worked in the shop already 3 times. I like the new layout, it is so light and spacy.
We have a wonderful textile exhibition of Agnes Hauptli at the moment, she is such an amazing weaver!
Beside of all this inspiration, I still feel quite exhausted and a bit blocked, so I decided to do an online felting workshop with lots of challanges to get me going again.
And I am still reading India Flints book, already thinking about which kinds of plants I have in the garden which may be used for dyeing. I did a lot of plant dyeing in the 80s in Germany, mainly with all sorts of leaves. Now I will explore what my garden offers. We have so many impatiens, they grow like weed here and need ongoing removing. And then all the Nz natives! I guess inkweed is worth a try like the name says. Unfortunately I don't have gumtrees, but here in Kerikeri are still some around, and I can collect fallen branches with leaves. Its sad to see a lot of the old shelter belts beeing removed including the orchards behind them to make space for new subdivision.