Thursday, 15 January 2015

to Sweden, from the Deep South

back home on the farm with a few days to finish dyeing a collection of dresses that are going to Sweden tomorrow

Sweden?

yes indeed.

when Li Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano ask you to put together a few things to take part in an exhibition at short notice...you don't say no.

so of course I said yes please, how many pieces would you like?

the answer came back : seven dresses with big skirts

dresses with big wild skirts are my favourite things to make.




Kubbi lent a paw and in between supervising me pootled off for a swim with Uncle Boston and Auntie Molly


Willow [also known as Mrs Poo] prefers to take her baths without water.


so now i have seven dresses in the cauldron. Kubbi helps me gather sticks to feed the fire.
then they need to cool and dry before sending off tomorrow. i'd have preferred to leave them bundled for longer but as i'm hopping on a flying sardine can headed for my beloved Aotearoa early next week it's not practical : they need to be photographed for the catalogue before they go in the mail

although it's a group exhibition [there are twelve of us] this is a big event for me...
because it will also be the first time that a series of my photographs will be exhibited in Europe [as a backdrop to the dresses].

the show is at Artipelag, a museum on an island near Stockholm and runs February 6 - May 3, 2015

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  1. India this is so exiting......i want to see those pics.
    And after the show in Artipelag...where's your work going then?

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    1. it's coming back home, Martine and the
      next show after that is likely to be in Texas in 2016

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  2. Wow, how exciting! you must wake every morning and wonder....what is going to happen today? Sometimes when I read where you have been I think there must be a great deal of '6 degrees of separation' in your life.

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    1. it's a fine start to the day to wake up breathing, even if all i have planned is to gather manure from the cow paddock :-)

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  3. So marvellous darling .... Fabulous xxx

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    1. wish you were here for a photoshoot pet. maybe we can do that when the dresses and you are all back in the Deep South ?

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  4. Congratulations, wonderful that you have these opportunities after all the hard work you have put in in the past. I am hoping that perhaps you will do another blue class later on, itching to try indigo dyeing.

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    1. there are some clear concise instructions put together by Maiwa and Michel Garcia available on maiwa.com
      with which you could set up your own organically reduced vat. i do have some other amusing tricks up my sleeve but that would get you started?

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  5. Wow Oh wow... how exciting. I bet you have been burning the candle at both ends getting ready. Will we be able to see the skirts before they go. Well I mean pictures of them.
    I do wish you every success possible.
    Hugs Kay

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    1. there will be pictures but i'm not sure quite when...my two housemodels have been tricky to catch lately. one is out wool-classing today and the other is cooking for a restaurant and there's no use asking my son because [a] he's too big and [b] i don't think he would put on a dress...

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  6. great India , i will do all i can to visit the exhibition in "den svenske skærgård " i hope scandinavia will recieve your clothes with great interest and accept and you get new possibility. the dogs and cat are all lovely, your mother told me you live all on the farm , you are blessed, a kind of collective living what a great thought.

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    1. yes, one big slightly crazy family....

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  7. I love Mrs Poo and her waterless bath tub.

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  8. huge congratulations, india! glad the animal ones were there to assist.

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  9. Really looking foward to visit Artipelag this spring so I can se the exhibition.

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  10. Congrats from me, too! Li Edelkoort-wow! Can't wait to see the pics.
    Claudia

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  12. Congratulations! On the company and the wonderful new exhibition opportunity and photos...

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