Some 35’s from my weeklong stay at the Marshfield School of Weaving in August, where I finally did their four day Indigo Intensive, and naturally had as much fun taking photos as I did plunking stuff into vats. It’s always an amazing experience to drop into a different world for a little while, and truly, there is a magic to everything in the Northeast Kingdom. Even their breakfast sandwiches are like a holy experience, what with the bacon, the eggs and the cheese coming from right up the road, and the bagels baked each day in house (when within 25 miles of Plainfield, my advice to you is this: go to Hestia Espresso Bar and you shall not be sorry).
For this workshop, we started by learning a bit about the history of indigo, which is really referring to a chemical compound found in a variety of plants across the globe (thus we have Indian indigo, woad, Japanese indigo, etc. that have all been a part of these cultures for centuries). Then we jumped right in to learning about four different fermentation vats and how to properly prepare fabrics and fibers to accept dye. After that, it was all fun and games with shibori, block printing, and overdyes.
To see a complete listing of courses offered, head to marshfieldschoolofweaving.com.
August was lovely for many reasons, one of which was that I got to know the very talented Samantha Katz. Friend, garden party sprite, model, muse and also one heck of a bad ass mover and shaker in the art world in both Bushwick and Newport. It was a joy to work on the Newport Art House Beta Residency project with her, thus I crowned her head in flowers from my backyard (and stalked her with my camera).
My yard got a little overgrown this summer…still, all the beautiful flowers for this ladies’ night potluck came from within the sea of weeds, and it was pretty cozy sitting at a table nestled in a clearing of shaggy grass. Thanks to Vanessa Vess for the rare film shot of me with my cohosts/coordinated indigo princesses, Sam Katz and Ashley Braquet.
A little glance at a big day that was an absolute blast to be a part of. I feel truly lucky to have been the photographer at Matt and Beth’s wedding. Here is their post-ceremony field photo session, shot on film just a hop, skip and a jump from the beach where they got engaged. Congratulations, you two! xoxo
Venue: The Farmhouse by the Sea in Matunuck, RI
Looking forward to the next installment of the Backyard Summer Art Series, which is brought to this little one boat town by A Common Practice and highlights the work of Newport’s growing artist community. July’s event was full of goodly things made by goodly folk, but I was too distracted by the crowd and my camera to buy anything.
Work featured here includes:
Ellen Hyde, Tracy Jonsson, John Baldaia, Able Thought, SALT: Writers Collective, Brittany Mathis, Dara Gardner, Nick Aprea, Ape & Bird, Joseph Marshall.