Sunday, March 9, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
thus the story begins of what we made in our the colors of oaxaca workshop! it begins with the true story behind these two mixed media hearts by susan halme made for mary stanley and colleen darling. you see, two of our three hosts had broken their wrists within days of each other prior to our workshop. susan found these arm milagros in oaxaca and cleverly made each of them a cast.
i tried to stay within the theme of the colors of oaxaca.
but this is not about me. The comraderie we had was so pure, translucent, flowing like a crystalline stream towards that ocean of sisterhood that it will be hard to forget.
mary price's teenage daughter also jumped in and came up with these clever bows.
i loved pamela's tassle
we also got to play a bit with indigo dyeing.
although not part of the group, i quickly adopted ellen benson. remember, the raconteur par excellance....she has since stayed in touch with the most hilarious emails.
saying goodbye was not easy.....
letting new friends fly back to their distant nests seems quite unfair. but i know in my heart, we are still holding each other dear as is shown in this farewell garland we made for the casa. it is customary for all workshops that take place there leave a bit of soul on one of the casa walls.
bye bye amigas
i will never forget you
two weeks have gone by since my return....
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
this will be a story in two parts; one about what captivated me in oaxaca, the second about what we actually made at the workshop.
i'm not much of a raconteur as ellen benson sure was at the casa, but i'm sure the photos of my recent trip to oaxaca will give you a pretty good picture of why it is a MUST VISIT city. no wonder it has been named Patrimonio de la Humanidad.
lifetime! at least for me.
our casa....a colonial house owned by jane robeson, an american expat who fell in love with Oaxaca 30 years ago and never left.
you see, there was just too much to see and mary and syd and colleen had filled our days with excursions and lunches and dyeing sessions.
photo by kaari meng
amy at teotitlan
molly, kick, mary, amy and edith at the zocalo
syd, ellen and carol
molly's farewell speech
susan halme, myself, kick and molly meng
note how we are all dressed in mexican tops
in nine days, we only touched the surface...of oaxaca and of each other. it is a city to move to if one were brave enough to take a sabattical. i fell in love for a second time in spite of the disappointment of my favorite restaurant being gone (como agua para chocolate) and the strudel at my favorite coffee shop obviously being made by a new cook.
and so many other edible options.
and just in how everything is presented
original frida kahlo letter at MUFA
a few of the things i brought back with me
the truth is there is so much more to tell, so many more pictures to share. i have tried as best to give you a feel for what my eyes and senses relished.
Stay tuned for part two about our accomplishments in textile which, as always, is a work in progress.