Bear with me, this may get a bit gushy but I feel the need to rave about the people I find around me.
I think it is the act of downloading photos that starts it every time…
Having not taken the time to download the camera onto my computer for some time I find myself looking suddenly at a very rich month indeed of activities, discoveries and incredible people.
Sometimes I have my head down and I am guilty of moving so quickly from one day into the next that there is hardly a moment to stop, look up, and take stock.
Breathe in and allow the amazement of my good fortune to wash over me.
This has been one of those months I am afraid, and it was not until downloading my camera that it actually dawned on me why I have felt busy- because I have been busy!-( lets face it- those that know me know that is always the case and I am completely to blame)- but then I look at this evidence of a month lived and am blown away. And these are just the moments when a camera came out.
Thank you to everyone out there who shares in their own community, and especially thanks to everyone in my community for all that you do and everything you bring to share. You are beautiful. It feels like we have come leaps and bounds in our discoveries with everything we are learning as a group- and so many people are playing a part in this journey of learning how to make our own actual cloth. (!)
So on that note I feel the need to do a “July Report”
Favourite moments of July 2013 recorded just for you (and me).
Our Aberthau project- volunteers- Daphne, Brian, our intrepid Park Board arts coordinator Danita- and the gardeners have all been so helpful assisting Caitlin and I on the Aberthau: flax=food+fibre project- it is far more pleasure than work for us at this point!
I have a chance to visit Masami’s memorial spinning wheel when I am out that way, the memorial was made by friends and family a few months back, see how it is now sprouting lovely hairy legs!
Processing flax on new equipment made by Martin! Our first processing night to test drive the break, ripple scutching knife and hackles, all working, but our flax is not as smooth as Penny would wish for drop spindling, more research to come. Penny is keeping incredible records of our process and the research she is doing on the urbanweaver studio website.
Hanging out in Stanley park with David and jd- making ivy netting for erosion control- a date afternoon!
Blackberry harvesting in a parking lot in Stanley Park- thanks to Vancouver Park Board and SPES for permission and assistance!
Science World Weedbombing mission complete!- big thanks to Judi and Paul for helping with the installation on a Saturday afternoon and to all of the community members who came out in may to MOP garden and weeded and wove with me.
5 days after our first processing experiment with our Strathcona flax, I had the opportunity to go to Salt Spring Island, when the local basket makers guild hosting me for a blackberry harvest, process and material discovery workshop. As it so happens, serendipity was on our side, and we got to stop in and meet Pat Davidson who has been growing and processing her own linen since the late ’90’s. Pat was so helpful in walking us through her process and sharing her discoveries with us. what timing!
Aberthau Retting: home 2 days finds Caitlin and I taking Pat’s advice and sort the donated flax from thick and thin stocks- as retting times are different ( fatter = faster) . A Vancouver weaver/dyer grew the flax we are retting 20 years ago! and had never processed it, she was generous enough to donate it to us- so great for trials. Caitlin has been heading the flowers and freezing them for solar dye workshops that start soon.
And that dear readers- is part of what this month has been about! now it must be nap time, suddenly tired…