About Last Summer: India with Land of Nod

I spent one week in India in September. As a guest of the Land of Nod team, I accompanied them on visits to factories where some of their products are made by hand and by machine, including quilts, sheets, rugs, and toys, and also on some special side trips. It was a week I will never forget, one that has enriched, educated, and inspired me.  

As with my other "About Last Summer" galleries—to Aland and to Chateau Dumas—click on the first photo to enlarge it, then click on the right arrow to continue. Namaste.

About Last Summer: Chateau Dumas

Here is a gallery of photos from my two weeks at Chateau Dumas in Auty, France, last summer. Auty is in the southwest, about an hour from Toulouse. Most of these shots are of the chateau, but there are also a few of the nearby village of St. Antonin Noble Val.  Week 1 was indigo and shibori dyeing with Jane Callender. Week 2 was textile collage with Mandy Patullo. In addition to our classes at the chateau, we took a couple of field trips (including St. Antonin Noble Val) and spent a day doing woad dyeing. Lizzie Hulme, the proprietor of the chateau, is planning to post the schedule for next summer in November. I happen to know a few of the instructors who will be on it. Very special! Very highly recommended! I am already dreaming of going back. (To view the gallery, click on the first photo to increase its size, then click the right arrow to move forward from there.)  

About Last Summer: Åland Islands with Lotta Jansdotter

I barely posted during the summer because I was really busy traveling and, in between traveling, trying to catch up with my work. In July I was on Åland, in the Baltic Sea, to take Lotta Jansdotter's printing workshop; in August I was at Chateau Dumas in southwestern France to take classes in indigo and shibori with Jane Callender and textile collage with Mandy Patullo; and in September I went to India with Land of Nod.  Busy, beautiful, extraordinary. Here is a gallery from Åland. Galleries from France and India to come later this week.  

Thanks very much to Gillian Brennan, Jenn Butterworth, Melissa Weisman, Deborah Fabbri, Megan Larson,  and Nerissa Campbell for sharing their photos with me. (I'm still figuring out how to put photo credits in the gallery.) And thanks to Lotta for hosting such a unique and joyous adventure and welcoming all of us to her homeland with such warmth, generosity, and effervescence.

Lotta will be posting the schedule for next summer soon. Sign up and get ready for an extraordinary experience. Truly!

To view the gallery, click on the first photo to increase its size, then click the right arrow to move forward from there. )