Thursday, February 21, 2013


a possible, but not mine,
mine had only the slightest bits of blue...
 there was a night and a day 
and then some more

dyeing paper

here's a little dance
how it's disbound 
 what i found inside
pleases me,
this winter break
where there is some color play
on the surface of cotton
with a little help
from staghorn sumac
blueberries, onion skins, hollyhock,
yellow birch,
a spider plant,
and metal things
 some string marks
 some metals
 a length in transition
and my vat god, plus a linen bundle
oh, and there was a moon or two
or more.
 last night's snow was lit up and
this morning there's new snow
so these bits of startling color indoors
make outside more beautiful still.


Valerianna said...

Looks like you are being quite productive. Love the vat god and moons, what else does one need?

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, my little vat god was retired from being a necklace, one i quite loved as a child. the copper brightens some dyebaths.

aimee said...

oooooohh! SO pleased you get this break. it has already burst open!

Velma Bolyard said...

it's bursting all right, like trying to ride in early spring.

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

ooohhhh oohh oh...wonderful activities. so many circle spinning and playing in you vat. magical little goddess of the vat is working well...

Velma Bolyard said...

henrietta, it's probably a c.1965 katchina in copper from some weird little tourist shop in west virginia. i loved it!

Cait Throop said...

So fascinating to me what you do!!

Velma Bolyard said...

cait, it's what i'm up to right now.

onesmallstitch said...

it is marvellous that you are having fun in your break. love the last shifu square moon. think I need a vat god!

Velma Bolyard said...

jean when work is fun and fun is work it's terrific.

india flint said...

you have a vat god
a vat Dog

[for the latter]
she doesn't fit in it.

Velma Bolyard said...

india, wendy is indeed lucky. no interest in the pot, i'm happy to say.

ArtPropelled said...

Enjoying your happy surprises ....shifu moons.... earthy colours ... and catching up with posts.

Velma Bolyard said...

robyn, glad to see you 'round here! happy surprises much much nicer than the other--

jude said...

just looking, short on words.

Velma Bolyard said...

that's ok.

leFiligree said...

so rich: a vat god, moon on snow, new snow, startling color.

Velma Bolyard said...

joni, yep, richness and a little god

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