Thursday, May 21, 2015

the color of bliss

 I am not usually drawn to working with a lot of colors. Although my palette has consisted of white and neutral for so long, there has always been a place for blue. In dabbling with indigo dye, I've discovered how touching, rinsing, hanging, winding, folding, stitching with blue is extremely soothing. There is a sense of serenity and bliss while working each day with the color of the sky and water in my hands. Yes. The color of sky and water in my hands. I wonder if that feeling can be felt through this screen, because I want to offer it everyone… not keep it for myself.
 I will be bringing these blue bliss bowls to the Squam Art Fair, but will be making more for my shop this summer. I can't stop making them. I love the striping- the color blocking surprises that happen along the way. It makes each one feel like magic… as if they have a spirit of their own, and I am just guiding the rope through the machine. Isn't that so cool?!
 Look at how captivating the interiors are! I know I sound a bit crazy in love with my own making. I kind of am! And how can that not be a wonderful thing?!
 Below is a bowl containing the rope that I double dyed this week for a richer blue. It's subtly different, and I love both shades equally. Luckily, I made sure to double dye hundreds and hundreds of feet in this shade, just in case it was a good one..
  And while I was at it, I wound and folded, twisted and rubber banded all of my white linen to throw into my dye vat. I've got plans!
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7 comments:

  1. Maya, I LOVE your new baskets. The color, the idea that they're rope and handmade and blue-and-white and look right at home on wood etc. I just adore them. I am so happy just looking at them! Okay, I'll stop gushing now and go do something useful with myself. Have a glorious weekend!

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  2. I agree with LiEr! Just looking at those bowls makes me happy! I have a big smile on my face! :)

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  3. indigo is heaven on earth.
    plain and simple.
    xo

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  4. Loving them Maya! Welcome to your bliss. Xo

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  5. Loved the white baskets you were popping out, but love these even more. Curious to see what you do with the linen.

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  6. Those are gorgeous!
    I just picked up some blue dyed fabric at Goodwill the other day. I was completely drawn to it.

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