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Redwing Blackbird Project

Red-Wing Blackbird Project

The big project for 2019 is focused on deepening my relationship with the materials I work with in my studio every day, and to connect to the natural world.

 
Red-Wing Blackbird Male. (Picture from naturalist photographer Neal Maine)

Red-Wing Blackbird Male. (Picture from naturalist photographer Neal Maine)

What to do when you want to tackle something really big…

Like for instance practicing the entire plethora of surface design techniques using natural dyes in my tool kit? What if simultaneously I feel a calling to examine some of my assumptions about how to best show up in the world? What if every time I go for a walk Red-Wing Blackbird is calling to me from the cattails?

The answer is The Big effort for 2019 around here, The Red-Wing Blackbird Project. A focus is on deepening my relationship with the materials I work with in my studio every day, while connecting more deeply to the natural world. Specifically the lessons offered by Red-Wing Blackbird. This is work as prayer.

By working with a unified set of images with a very diverse set of image making methods I image that I will discover the nuances that I might otherwise overlook. How will Red-Wing Blackbird look rendered with a block print? or Silkscreen? What if I weave them?

The idea for this started in spring of 2018, when I attended a class with master dye chemist Michel Garcia up in Vancouver BC at Maiwa. My Big Project for 2018 was already taking up all the available air space, so by necessity it needed to start in 2019.

Progress will be revealed on my Instagram Feed, with periodic updates on my Journal here as well.

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All the ways to make images on cloth start with a blank slate…

Scouring is the first step to making images that last on cloth. The first few months of 2019 will be taken up with the necessary preparations for doing the surface design work. Starting with sourcing materials, scouring cloth, preparing mordants, experimenting with dye samples…