I began sewing a soft wool coat while I was teaching at Maiwa School of Textiles in the (northern) summer just past, free-cutting on the floor of the lovely apartment in which I was staying. Managed quite a bit of stitching in the evenings, but then (to my embarrassment) forgot about it once I was home again.

It wasn’t until I was emptying the suitcase for repacking that I recalled the coat. A couple of days of steady sewing later, it was ready for the dyepot. It seemed a good time to make a wee movie.

View it by clicking this link (or hop to the page titled ‘telling stories’).

brewing potions

I am always on the watch for substances that can play a role in the dyepot. These acorns were gathered from the pavements of a nearby village some months ago, many with the husks already conveniently crushed by passing feet.

Now begins the task of separating tannin-rich husk from the protein-rich meat to create mordant baths/dyeing assists for cellulose fibres. Piggies in Portugal would just eat them.

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roaming on a rainbow

last week the School of Nomad Arts roamed to Rainbow Beach to film some segments for 'Conscious Clothing', discovering curious exudations from the land, and watching marvels in the sky as the smoke from nearby "controlled burning" played with the afternoon sun

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