I know its August but I still haven't told you about June! The last two years I have spent ten long and lovely days on staff at Shakerag Workshops in Sewanee, Tennessee. I must say that these workshops have changed my life. The first year I attended a workshop with the brilliant and lovely, Catharine Ellis, master dyer and weaver. This past year I had the good fortune to assist Charllotte Kwon, master dyer, business owner and huge heart of Maiwa and her daughter, Sophena Kwon, mastermind behind Indigosocial. It was an amazing experience not only to learn processes of natural dyeing but to spend valuable time getting to know these women. From what I gather the field of natural dyeing is filled with creatives and scientists who have generous minds and hearts. It is thrilling to be surrounded by such enthusiasm! When I am working at home I often feel isolated in my day to day experience so to get to be removed from my responsibilities of work and home and be able to immerse myself in this world is definitely a retreat I look forward to engaging in more and more often.
I hope to be better about sharing my insights about what I have learned. The science and art of natural dyeing is complex and intriguing. But for now I will leave you with images. They can speak to the beauty for certain.