It will be hard to say good-bye to Shakerag. What a magical place.
|my morning walk at Shakerag|
Just completed my week of learning and being in the roll of student at Shakerag taking Yoshiko Wada's Boro Transformed workshop.
It was interesting transitioning from a teacher to a student over the weekend. The volunteers and staff here were so kind making sure I was included in meals and field trips as they were preparing for the next week of students and faculty. I got to go to the Piggly Wiggly and a flea market - what else could I ask for?
I also got some nice front porch time with my stitching project and the dogs of Shakerag.
|dog day at Shakerag|
Yoshiko's workshop was wonderful. Packed full of information and new experiences. She brought some beautiful examples from her personal collection of old authentic boro pieces:
|Boro piece from Yoshiko Wada's collection|
as well as this contemporary piece created in a boro-like style - this is a shirt created in the Nui Project - a stitching and embroidery workshop for developmentally disabled adults in Japan:
|stitched shirt from the Nui Project in Japan|
A brand new experience for me was indigo dying - even though it is not a color I usually use in my artwork, or wear, it was interesting to learn the process and the language: waking up the vat, putting it to sleep, feeding it, was it tired or happy? I think the language may have been my favorite part.
|this is a happy vat!|
I started on a piece I had been thinking about for a while but couldn't quite get started on. Yoshiko gave me some inspiring advice to distress my piece with what I found around Shakerag. So I distressed it with rocks, stained it with Shakerag dirt and threw it in the lake at once point!
|my stitched piece in "the res" with leaf...|
Much of my week was spent stitching and examining boro for patching and mending ideas.
|my project in progress|
|detail - so much stitching!|
I still have a lot of work to do on the piece but I made substantial progress on it.
I also finished the sample book I started last week, made a bag called a tsuno bukuro, and learned to make a sashiko thimble.
Another fantastic week all around. It is hard to leave but comforting to know that I will be back next year again as a student. Yes, I will!
Thank you Shakerag...