Loving those Black walnuts. I'm over-dyeing on some of the indigo scarves from July and using "free" eucalyptus from my favorite grocery store, who gladly gave me some stems of euc. from their trash...I buy flowers from them throughout the year and have made an authentic connection with the florist. I rarely ask for free bits from the trash, but the euc. was. just. there.
Onion skins from my garden! and black walnut from Martha's yard.
A word about selling eco-dyed scarves
I take what I do seriously. India Flint has taught me a boat-load of information and I have continued to dig deep to develop my own look and feel with my scarves. In particular how I wrap and tie, how many times I over-dye and so forth.
India knows I'm selling and I told her about it to ask for her approval. The last thing I want to do is to claim this process is my own. Or that I could even teach it because I know about "( )" this much about eco-dye. I would like to think that I would teach those ideas strengths and skills that come from my work with hand stitching (the product of which has been awarded grants.) I am not making a comment about anyone else. I presume if you teach eco-dye you are completely engaged and are educating yourself in all things eco-dye. It's more that I get requests from friends who want me to teach them how to eco-dye and I do not want to share that for which I have paid good sums of money. Like most good things, it takes time, effort, yes money, and education.
In August, I sold my eco-dyed scarves to a very exclusive clothing boutique in town. Later this week, I will sell this batch to a fellow artist who has a lovely shop/studio. The scarves will complement her work and it will be a win/win for both of us.
I do not consign my work. I offer a wholesale pricing for buyers with a valid business ID and ask for a minimum purchase.
I created a wholesale catalog complete with information about me, what my terms are and so forth and then individual pages the scarves with detailed information about each. All to present a professional attitude giving respect to the work, to it's progenitor (India Flint) and who I am as an artist. Each scarf is lovingly washed, conditioned ironed and tagged with my logo and washing instructions.
Sounds like a lot, but it's business and that's how you do it.
First foray into jam making
On Saturday, I went to pick concord grapes and made jam the same day. So proud of myself. My kitchen smelled so darn good.