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Since I'm tinkering around with dye on paintings, I'm going to start dyeing some baby/kid clothes again! Sizes NB-24mo, toddlers & kids 2T on up. Short sleeved tees, onesies & leggings. $15-35 plus shipping depending on the size, style. Email or PM to place an order. Look through #ermiemamababy for examples of dye work and styles.

So nice (a surprise!) to have some of my old photos included in a story about @britt_browne and her indigo dyeing practice in the latest issue of @illustoria_mag. I just subscribed- I can't wait to try some of the crafts in the diy stories with David when he's a little older.
For those of you who don't know- Britt is responsible for introducing me to indigo dyeing and getting me started on my journey with dyeing textiles as an adult. You should check out her feed :). Thank you Britt & Illustoria!

Happy 1st Birthday to my little boy, David Oliver! This year has been a tough and beautiful one. I'm just now recovering from post-partum depression and and anxiety and starting to feel like myself again (creating...slowly, slowly). There is still so much I have to force myself to do...it has not been easy, but I have never regretted for one moment being your mother. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am so grateful to be your mother and so grateful for all of our friends and family who have helped us in this first year of your life. ❤️

Happy Spring 🌸

Beginnings made during David's morning naptime today: lac, indigo, cochineal & Procion dyes on paper.

made during baby's naps (Do I sleep, clean, cook or paint while he naps?) gouache, indigo, cutch, madder and Procion dyes on watercolor paper

dye on paper

Making weird paintings!
I made them in a (free!) class taught by Marjam Oskoui at Blue Rooster based on the theories of artist and holocaust survivor Arno Stern. I'm not sure I like them, I don't really think they are any "good." But it is not really about that...we try to just paint (using simple materials: newsprint and poster paint...so as to not have the work become too precious). We try to choose colors and make marks without thinking about it too much...which is very difficult! Getting rid of preconceived notions about what art should look like, aesthetic judgements feels impossible.
What I've made in class doesn't look anything like something I expected to make, so I guess that's good! As I was making these the marks reminded me of woodcuts I made over 20 years ago...I also thought of the work of Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois...artists I was happy to think about again. Who knows what will come out of this--perhaps only these simple paintings & nothing more? It's nice to exercise my creative muscles without worrying about something becoming a commodity.
Many thanks to @ellaborealis for inviting me to this class. ❤️

I also wanted to share @raisingmothers with you today on International Women's Day. It is the project of Sherisa D. de Groot-- it provides a digital platform for mothers of color. So inspiring, and I cannot tell you how many times I have heard exactly what I needed to hear following this account over the past year. Please consider following & making a contribution (link in the Raising Mothers profile). Thank you, Sherisa. 🙏❤️

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