I grew Japanese Indigo from seed. The deer have nibbled it all summer long, but it just bushed back and really it was enough for a fresh leaf vat. Or 2. I've no intention of teaching indigo dyeing here. There is so much out there on the internet. I will put some links on my New Resource Page (putting that together today) which I will rebuild as I go now. I've been thinking about information in the information age. How really, if you spend the time, you can find what need to know. Facts, Techniques. Tutorials.
But Ideas. Ideas. The thing that interests me most. Ideas are the elusive things for most of us. The things that might grow forth from what we learn.
I do not look at an Idea as a static thing. An Idea is liquid in a sense that it is part of an ongoing process. It seems to exist on it's own. As if you can find it, keep it, copy it, (steal it even) however you are driven to "get" it. That can be some kind of beginning, but on a personal level it is so empty. You are a unique filter and as things move through you as a result of understanding, awareness, or activity, new form emerges. From new thought. Although thoughts might be similar, and seem the same, no one has ever thought your thoughts. The key is to find and respect them, let them out. Sometimes that is as simple as not tinkering with them too much. That's why doodling and brainstorming are so valuable. Do them as if no one will ever know. Don't judge them or shape them. Just be the filter. So you can let them though.
New Note to self: Thoughts are like dreams till you catch them.
I pulled together some old photos using words, writing. Because yesterday's adventure got me thinking. About words and image.
My goal in these exercises in not to create art, my goal is to keep my thoughts liquid. Flowing. Moving through me. And the teaching here...
to discover and share what moves through me and encourage the same in others.
Geez. I think I finally wrote a mission statement!
I'll talk about these components later, individually. The making of them and evolution of components as personal symbols. I'll also put a few of these Threadcrumbs in the shop. To share. See how different they might become.