Saturday, February 23, 2013


i couldn't help but title this post paper
(not a post of paper!)
so much of my thinking these days is on paper
not too many words on paper,
color, texture, strength
while helping a friend with indigo
i unearthed a lokta sheet i'd dyed
and spun it up
 the mail came with these three paper and silk yarns from habu
i will dye up the white, the other two
i am *thinking* about
 the last dyepot
 the last papers out
 ecoprint on handmade flax
and a favorite print on arches.


Valerianna said...

Great... that cauldron is something.

Snowstorm coming, you?

onesmallstitch said...

paper, paper everywhere and not a scrap to write on. where does the shopping list go?

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, yep! and i haven't looked at the report, right now it's well above freezing
jean, do you really think i can manage a shopping list?!

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

what an orgy of colour is a cooking in the pot...does look a little little bewitching brew...and the blue - sigh.

ronnie said...

the arches print is absolutely deeevine -- and I love the look of the cauldron (very 'bubble bubble toil and trouble' hee hee hee)

Kristin said...

That is one funky cauldron. Looks like there is some weird orange stuff growing. You have a strong stomach, woman! The shifu is beautiful.

handstories said...

some kind of magic you're brewing up here. love the "wall" of printed papers-a look of something ancient.

Barry said...

V-I love the cauldron - it all looks so yuk and yet produces gorgeous material. Go well. B

Velma Bolyard said...

henrieta, it's pretty "normal" to have witches brew on my stove!
ronnie, i have about 8 sheets of that original gift left...maybe one more pot today before school starts up again.
kristin, thankyou. i DO have a strong stomach. it's been noted before!
hs, the wall, nice way to see it. it's actually a dog kennel which is a lovely place to dry paper!
barry, thanks, i love being part of the mystery.

mjc said...


Velma Bolyard said...

melissa, thanks. i went to look at the photos and realized the last three were small, so i enlarged them. maybe even gorgeouser?!

Leslie said...

Such wonderful beautiful things are coming from your brew! I love the round 'moons.' And paper is always a favorite, although cloth has been calling recently.

Velma Bolyard said...

hi leslie, thanks for liking my doings! it's been a great winter break for creative work (and some skiing).

Wyn Vogel said...

Amazing to see you space at work!! it is so long since I have dyed wool etc you have inspired me to get the pot out and get back to it - I have been moonlighting with some japanese indigo pieces from a wonderful gallery here in Oz and this +you are the motivators!! Cheers Wyn

Velma Bolyard said...

wyn, i'm happy to motivate!

neki desu said...

lots of things happening while i was on sabbatical leave. the dyed papers are wonderful and too bad your favorite joint closed down.i really dislike how the markers in our lives disappear

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