I could have sworn…

…. that I had posted something earlier this week – after the bit about the chili. But it seems nowhere to be seen. I guess I should chalk that up to delusions. Or maybe a result of too many beans…

The big thing this week was setting up a solo exhibit at the local public library. They have some high shelving and two glass wall cases. I managed to fill the cases quite nicely and some of the shelving.

Brought out some work that hasn’t seen the light of day for quite awhile. I forgot how nice it is! Lots of reminders that I need to “go to my studio and make art”!

Actually, I have this huge urge to play with mud. I’ve been researching the trees used in Mali, finding out (to no surprise) that they don’t exist here and trying to find trees that might be similar in tannin and colors to the Mali ones.

Came across the American Smoketree as being a good source for dyeing. Used to be plentiful across most of the US – they are native to North America – but are now scarce in the wild. Drove in to one of the local arboretums today to view their two examples.

I figure I could plant one in our yard, and then in fifteen or twenty years I could find out if it works…

One Reply to “I could have sworn…”

  1. Interesting about the smoketree. I know of two in Berea, one just a half block from me, but I don’t know if they’re the indigenous smoketree (Cotinus obovatus) or the commercial common smoketree (Cotinus coggygria). Since they’re in yards, they’re more than likely the latter, still…. FWIW, I’m not above asking for a few trimmings. 🙂

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