on packing up 'watermarks' yesterday i was given a surprise parcel which had been delivered to the space for me...i'll spare you the long story of where's and whyfore's, and cut to the chase. the bag contained several lovely Asian textile fragments (Japanese. Thai and Indonesian by the looks of them), a number of books on natural dyeing (among them Hetty Wickens' excellent 1986 book 'Natural Dyes for Spinners and Weavers ' that had so far eluded capture) and last but not least a large folder full of natural dye samples made in Denmark (Europe, not Western Australia) in 1974.
while many of the plant names (ahorn, birke, krap) can be deduced from a knowledge of German/English/Latvian it does seem that the universe is suggesting it is time to add Danish to the list of languages i can 'get into trouble' in...especially seeing as i will be exhibiting there with my friend Anette in the northern autumn next year.
ah well, i once heard a health expert propound the theory that for a long and healthy life one should drink red wine, eat dark chocolate, make love regularly, reject the elevator and learn something new every day...
a new day dawns