Here it is mid-August and I am just now making it back to provide a new blog post. This summer has been fast and furious. We have had the opportunity to meet many new artists who are textile artists and those who work with other mediums. It has been a pleasure to provide inspiration for those wanting to engage with the dyeing process and brainstorming on ways to expand handmade into our homes. Our workshops throughout the New South have seen a lot of beautiful finished dyed pieces and we have enjoyed a lot of laughter and joy. As we reflect on all the fun that summer brings we hope that you have had an enriching summer and have enjoyed the fresh bounty of the harvest in your area by growing your own food or supporting your local farmers and farmers markets. The image above is one of my favorites. When I first began the Art and Agriculture Sustainability Project during Spring 2012, Peaceful River Farm in Chapel Hill, NC was one of the first farms I visited. I have known the Newlin family since the early 1980's when they were owners of the local gardening establishment that I frequented. Once they left the hustle and bustle of city life Larry's thirty years of horticulture experience made it easy for them to engage with the production of sustainable produce and fruit. Lee who is a ten year cancer survivor is a culinary educator who shares her passion for healthy eating by teaching wonderful cooking classes with a focus on the benefits of healthy eating.
We are grateful to all who have taken the time to view our web site and learn about our educational mission. As the year moves forward we are happy to share that we have added new workshops and a Travel page to share upcoming opportunities to travel to new lands. We are thrilled to be communicating with Ramelle and Michael Pulizter of New View Tours. We look to them for trips to travel to South America where they have been arranging trips from the States for over 15 years. Having traveled to France with Ramelle, I trust the Pulitzer's and know that their mission for an authentic educational experience is in-line with Summer Blues Indigo's .
Our Fall line-up of classes approaches swiftly and many of the museums, arts organizations and educational institutions that we are scheduled with have updated their web sites to provide information on our workshops and take registration by telephone and most online.
Jen Moreau of The Makers Collective in Greenville, SC made my day last week when I opened an email to see that she has scheduled our Saturday, October 17, 2015 workshop at KNACK Studio. If you are not familiar with The Makers Collective, please check them out. They are responsible for the Indie Craft Parade and The Makers Summit which are both incredible events for those who engage with handmade and support the handmade movement.
I am including a couple of images from The Makers Collective and KNACK Studio. KNACK Studio is owned by furniture designer Barb Blair whose sellout book at Urban Outfitters FURNITURE MAKEOVERS has blazed a new trail for upcycling and remaking cast aside furniture. You can also find some very inspiring videos about Barb Blair and KNACK Studios on You Tube and at Creativebug. If you have never repurposed furniture before after viewing what takes place at KNACK Studio you will be inspired to give it a try.