Wool

Whatever possessed a seventeen year old from southern California to go to England to seek out sheep, natural dyes, spinning and weaving is a reminder that I needed to know process through working with my hands. It was about understanding the world through making things and connecting to the natural world. Collecting lichens on Harris and Lewes and seeing the Harris tweeds woven taught me great lessons about how color and the palette is connected to landscape. From the mysteries of indigo and cochineal to appreciating the humble onion skin or walnut hull, natural dyeing has been a continuing source of interest and inspiration. My deep thanks to Jan Zeitlin for Textile Camp and adventures in dyeing.