The Spring equinox made it’s way to the northern hemisphere March 20 @ 5:58pm. We welcome the season with open arms. It’s the time of new beginnings. Embrace it. What seeds will you sow during this season of wonder? What are you looking forward to?
My trip to the Netherlands during late winter was a presentation of more wonders. The dutch architecture, canals, dominant bike culture was a rejuvenating cultural experience. Somehow my acquaintance with Amsterdam, Haarlem, and Rotterdam will make it’s way into my creative manifestations this season; one seed at a time :}
MENDING MATTERS (Stitch. Patch. And Repair Your Favorite Denim & More) by Katrina Rodabaugh. Forward by, the one and only, Natalie Chanin, founder & creative director of Alabama Chanin, was my favorite non-fiction this winter. One to add to your library, even if you’re a pro. MENDING MATTERS, may be a reiteration for the committed hand- stitcher, but it also reinforces the beauty of “slow movement”; a lifestyle of deliberate thought and activity regarding all aspects of consumption. The photos are beautiful and the resources at the end of the book are abundant.
Click the EVENTS PAGE. Come & See what’s going on at Portico Gallery where Indigo’s Studio is housed. And you’re always welcome to make an appointment. Just contact us via email or phone. Thank you. Creatively, Yours Truly.
MAY YOU BE SURROUNDED WITH THE BEST THAT LIFE OFFERS IN EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIVES. HERE’S TO A HEALTHY, PEACEFUL, AND PROSPEROUS NEW YOU IN YOUR NEW YEAR! THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE.
CREATIVELY YOURS, IMANI AND ALL OF INDIGO’S FRIENDS
WE’VE MOVED! INDIGO'S FRIENDS STUDIO is now located @ PORTICO GALLERY & STUDIOS, 3807 Rhode Island Avenue, Studio #3. Brentwood, MD 20722. YES! We are still in the GATEWAY ARTS DISTRICT ;-) Our official Opening is Saturday, November 10 (6-8pm.) The INAUGURAL EXHIBITION will showcase our new studios and the awesome visual works (paintings & sculptures) of several local community artist with national and international acclaim. See the Events page for more information.
STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST (10 things nobody told you about being creative) by AUSTIN KLEON I enjoyed this read. It’s Smart. Didn’t expect the impact. A good reference for Creatives.
*** YOU MISSED IT! THE TEXTILE COLLECTIVE surpassed our expectations. It was an exciting and sensational experience. Many thanks to the artist, artisans, collectors, volunteers, friends, family, and of course, the hotel staff. Bravo! Brava!
about my muse, Indigo: as a very young child, indigo's mom and sisters provided her with fabric swatches and notions leftover from her mother's making of clothes. indigo created a variety of figurative objects and notions. her dolls, composed from the best of natural fibers, were stuffed with rice, beans, rags, and or sassafras bark. My figurative creations and notions are a result of my imaginings of indigo's world. there are no rules for creating; just thoughts, ideas, cloth, needles, threads, feathers, dyes and more. this is my space. the saltwater atmosphere composed of nature's beauty. our rich culture dispersed throughout the land. protected with love and by her innocence. Safe within herself to BE.
Sashiko stitching is a functional embroidery from Japan.
Boro is the Japanese art of mending. To boro was once a necessity to extend the life of a garment for the common people of Japan. These garments were passed down for generations.
Kantha, employed by Makers in rural SouthEast Asia as a utilitarian and decorative function, often to up cycle well loved materials.
These terms are recent to my vocabulary. However, I've employed the running stitch, aka the line stitch or basting stitch, in my work for decades. I love knowing that this basic hand sewing technique, depending upon the thread weight and/or length of stitch, have been used to Make throughout the world, for centuries, with tools of various mediums for both utilitarian and decorative purpose.
My needles and threads are my tools for composition. Can't imagine my life without them or the stitch. It's all about the the meditative movement, (in-out, horizontal, curve) of the stitch.
Muse: Junko Oki and Akiko Ike. I am strongly inspired by the spirit of their work.
Read: Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren * The beauty of things imperfect.
From Wisdom of the Soul on creativity: It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. (Herman Melville)