It hasn’t rained here in 3 months and has been unusually hot too, so most blooming things are over and done with if they have even survived. I’m glad I didn’t make a dye garden this year, as the cost of watering would have been massive.
It’s been two years since we finished building my little studio – but the saw still lives right outside in the hayloft. I have some plans to turn the stable downstairs into a general workshop however, now that nobody lives in it.
Anyway – I wanted to show you a tiny little building project that I needed as part of my new cwm project: a rack for storing sticky paint panels. With 45° walls I don’t have a lot of hanging space, there’s dust to consider with slow drying items, and I only have the one work table, so laying out things in a row is not working.
Options: hang from the rafters or store in a mover’s box anywhere. Right now I have so many small test panels I need more racks already! How do you store wet paintings?
It’s taken me a long time to write this post, simply because the project never seemed to be quite done. It still isn’t – but now it’s on hold until I make it round to that end of the circle.
A little aside to my previous posts. Handmade paper saturated with beeswax, now weighing in at 3x its original weight.
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My interests are many as I mentioned last week, always keep branching out, and yet they also converge in convoluted ways. Besides my love of strong, bright colours, I also enjoy the palette of mother nature that I see change and return each year, season by season. It is after all a grey and brown world half the time. It puts ideas in my head for plant dyed wool, growing my garden, making paper from dried plants, for using earth pigments and ink only. Motifs of rocks, feathers, bark and moss. Runes and crows and moonlight.
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