mexican plant dyes, mexico, mother creative, natural dyeing, Oaxaca, rug making, salsa dancing, street food, travel, Zapotec

Pecan and Zapote Leaf Dyeing : day 5

I'm sitting in my cozy home now. I just helped R with his trains. He wanted to tape them together. He's really into tape. I end up tracking pieces of it everywhere around the house. My slippers make a "speck, speck, speck" noise as I shuffle around the house dodging legos and baby dolls. I… Continue reading Pecan and Zapote Leaf Dyeing : day 5

mexican plant dyes, mexico, mother creative, natural dyeing, Oaxaca, rug making, travel, Zapotec

Market and Wild Chamomile dyeing : day 4

How I LOOOOVE exploring new places by shopping. I don't care what kind of shop I'm in or discover, I want to check it out. After our hearty breakfast, we caught the bus right outside the B&B to Tlacolula Sunday market. Here they have EVERYTHING. And I came back with EVERYTHING. The smells of roasting… Continue reading Market and Wild Chamomile dyeing : day 4

mexico, natural dyeing, rug making, travel, Zapotec

Mordant and Design : day 2

Well, my plan for posting while away didn't pan out. I was consumed with weaving, dyeing, & exploring so much- which is how it should be. But I'm back home now settled in with my loves. Unpacked & stories told. My idea of sharing about my trip here isn't a tutorial or even a blow… Continue reading Mordant and Design : day 2

artwork, mexico, mother creative, natural dyeing, rug making, travel, Zapotec

Oaxaca Journey : day 1

This trip has been two years in the making. Traveling with close fiber friends to learn from master dyer & weaver Demetrio Bautista Lazo of Teatitlán De Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. I first met Demetrio in 2010 in my first year as an instructor at Medomak Fiber Arts Retreat in Washington, Maine. I had done only… Continue reading Oaxaca Journey : day 1

artwork, mother creative, Sketch book

Sketching = therapy

My background is in visual art. I never wanted to do anything else. With two degrees behind me, learned skills, experiences, favorite and not so favorite artists learned and nearly memorized by site, travel, and now a family of my own, I still always long to just study light. And movement. Water. And trees. Flowers.… Continue reading Sketching = therapy

artwork, mother creative, natural dyeing, rug making

Rug Dreams; designing my 1st rug

The progression of this project has been a graceful climb. As much as I hope my children will find what I do fascinating and want to partake someday soon, I also forget they still see me working and hear me talking about my latest project. I've given up on keeping things tidy and organized all… Continue reading Rug Dreams; designing my 1st rug

mother creative, Spinning, Sheep Breeds, travel

Wool Discoveries; rare wool breeds with Deb Robson

This class made my head explode. I woke up too early in my Vermont hotel room. Too excited to sleep for what the day may bring. Just the thought of driving through winding country roads early in the morning in Vermont to a place I’d never been was enough to thrill me. And keep me… Continue reading Wool Discoveries; rare wool breeds with Deb Robson

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Showing up; (or) don’t wake me. I’ll wake you.

How does this happen? I shift clothes, toys. Change diapers, clear dishes. Stack drawings, throw away more dried up markers. Absorb more tears and snot. Talk less to adults and spend even less time with my hands in wool. How does this happen? I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. They… Continue reading Showing up; (or) don’t wake me. I’ll wake you.