Saturday, August 3, 2013

august begins

 two white tails
 young and funny, 
but smart enough to avoid cars
 two moons in the hollyhock dye
 a moon is a veil for jude
 so many
birds and beasts
roadkilled
 nature is abundant here
some of the big swallow family 
the bluebirds are done nesting
 i made a moon in yogurt protein
on my linen rag paper
from old sheets from mardee
 that linen paper has aged very well
it's several years old now
 and i worked them a bit after dip dyeing
 i dyed fibers in skeins, too
paper, silk, cotton/silk, paper/silk
 all are soft purple
the arches are a sad gray
 the dye was black hollyhock blossoms
frozen two summers ago
steeped, 
cooked, 
dyed, 
and later a little vinegar added.
young redtail hawk
i would NOT like to encounter
those feet up close.
the end of a week of good work, 
(when i'm not cleaning out closets)

20 comments:

Debbie said...

I love your moons and the dyed yarns such subtle beautiful colours.

Velma Bolyard said...

debbie, i appreciate that. i used to be disappointed in subtle colors, it took ecoprinting to bring me around to seeing the beauty in them.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

the i think, 10th photograph? the
dyed fibers is just beyond
beauty to me...just so....., no
way to say it. maybe like something from a Natural History Museum,
Artifacts

Ms. said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL BGINNING! How I love the road, the wildlife, your observations.

onesmallstitch said...

wow, ah-gust starts well. the colours are gentle, lovely. the hawk so wild and wonderful

Cait Throop said...

Oh Velma, your work is so beautifully subtle...gives the eye rest and the mind over to imagination. It was so good to see you at the farmer's market yesterday! Miss Ellie waits patiently!

Velma Bolyard said...

grace, THANK you for that. i love the idea of my stuff being like museum artifacts. really nice.
ms, wait until the next post, this is the summer of birds!
jean, yes, some of the colors are lovely and soft because i have to take them through my (perpetually dirty) car windows.
cait, i will meet her i know it, soon!!! i wandered through my stash of yarns, and so few of them are bright, lots are naturals so i can dye them of course, but it's so funny! i used to be a hilary color palette person in art school--

handstories said...

the fiber & moons photo- what lovely things. and I'm quite taken by those birds on a wire in that bright blue sky.

Fiona Dempster said...

There is so much going on over there right now! Like others, I am besotted by those dyed fibres - blissed me out!

Jennifer said...

I love your posts Velma. Your threads and papers and moons, especially, make me want to spend the week dyeing and making moons. If only... Wishing you a truly wonderful August.

neki desu said...

the yarn colors are btful :)
a fall book perhaps?

Velma Bolyard said...

hs, i was so busy taking pictures that i didn't know they were swallows until i put them on my computer!
fiona, they turned out quite fine don't you think?
jennifer, with little ones around such focus is a bit tough (been there)
neki, great idea!

Velma Bolyard said...

V-it would seem the moon is getting a message to us all. Go well. B
hi barry, i put this here from my junk mailbox because i wanted to spread the moon message to everyone! i think you're right.

Valerianna said...

The yarns held me transfixed for some reason, craving to feel the soft textures and soothed by the subtle, earthy colors. And, yes, so true, those feet have toes of daggers!

jude said...

thank you!

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, the colors and the textures are both subtla and lovely. i was pleased!
jude!!!

Sophie Munns said...

Looking blissful in your part of the world Velma!
Tried to comment via Iphone... so in cafe with wifi till I get online again at new home... fingers crossed this friday.
Missing reading what you are up to... good to see you enjoying your making!
x

Velma Bolyard said...

sophie, all is good, indeed. so glad about the new place! hope you're settled into the studio soon.

Judy Martin said...

Velma
Seems like many like the 10th photo. It is my favourite as well.

Those skeins of grey are, as Grace says, beautiful artifacts. Just as they are.

Velma Bolyard said...

judy, i appreciate that

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