Friday, 24 January 2014

dear Viola

dear Viola von Hohenzollern

in case you were watching from your island yesterday
and wondering what on earth was going on
let me explain.

a group of fabulous women spent five days working together in a beautiful garden, being fed simply wonderful food, sewing zero-waste nightgowns [some of which are seeing daylight instead] and celebration dresses, making string and writing poetic words about how a dress should make you feel

on the last day, they came to Cable Bay
to unbundle their handsewn, bio-regionally dyed dresses
and to celebrate the joy of being together
- you may have heard a lot of laughter
and a bit of splashing.

the pictures below will explain all.

i am the lucky soul who was tending the cauldrons.
if you ever feel inclined to have an artist reside on your island for a while, to make you something beautiful using the plants and the wool that grow there, do let me know. i'd be delighted.
warmly,

India

























29 comments:

  1. swooning for sure, on a frosty morning near the North Sea ... all those beautiful dresses like paintings :)

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  2. A great thank you for the journey through your workshop with all the wounderful pictures , people , dyed cloth , flowers , could it bee better !!!

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  3. Gorgeous beach and beautiful creations :) .. and the food sound yummy too x

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  4. Thank for the lovely thoughts for the day.

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  5. Glorious! If you are in the Mid Atlantic region. I would love to host you on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. or Richmond Virginia for that matter.

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    1. am not usually found floating in the mid-Atlantic...but Hatteras Island looks like a most intriguing place to wash up on...

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  6. oh my, my..sheer delight! I second the Mid Atlantic Region workshop request ;)

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  7. Wonderful, delightful, and a breeze of summer wafted to a place having the weirdest winter.Thank you.

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  8. So inspirational! Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. Here is Michigan, U.S. we have a blizzard with 40 mile an hour winds whipping the snow around. Everything is closed, the only thing to do is sit by the fire and quilt!

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  9. Had to google miz Viola ... she seems a very interesting sort of person and just the kind to welcome such inspired goings-on around her shores. Your last day's weather looks a treat - no asking for more sublime than that - and those dresses .... ooooh lah lah ;>]]

    Woman Dances with Seagulls shot rocks!

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    1. and guess what? two of the treasures came all the way from Seattle...and one of those had been at Lopez! small whirled...

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    2. ... made ever smaller through your plant magic ;>]]

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  10. Mid-Atlantic region workshop would be wonderful!!! Count me in!!

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  11. OH my Goodness. Swooning here too, as you dance with the Graces….stunning everyThing.

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  12. Simply the best way to start the year that I can imagine! Thank you so much India. Hopefully our paths will cross again sometime soon.

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  13. Unfortunately I got the lottery numbers wrong AGAIN! Otherwise I would have booked the next available flight (Business class!!!!) and visit you all, dance with you and ask to be invited to join that merry group of women.
    Last chance tonight...wish me luck...
    eva

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  14. thank you India for a wonderful time, so enriching in every sense.

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    1. i think the place that you and Michael have created nurtures a special magic, reinforced by Chloe's fabulous food and the wonderful group who gathered together....

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  15. Indeed, a truly great way to start the year and such cherished garments were made. Thank you India - wonderful, magical woman!!

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    1. right back at you me dear...it made me so happy that you came back this year!

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  16. If Viola had her telescope focused on your beach she would certainly have been as intrigued as I am. Let us know if you get an invite.

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