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Saffron eyes gleaming

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Began carving a new printing block today, thinking about the blue water lilies (Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea) that grew on a dam (lake) I knew once a long time ago and very far away, a body of beautiful water which absorbed my father's ashes way back when. Then. There.

With Southwest Print Fiesta only two weeks away, it’s a little crazy to be carving, but I'm hoping to launch this design plus a beautiful new saffron orange background for dishcloths at the print market Saturday 7 October, Silver City, New Mexico.

While the saffron crocus planted a few weeks ago still haven't shown any signs of life, this sanyasi orange print background is a delicious delight. I am trying to get as many of the designs (15 and counting) printed on it in an array of magenta, purple and brown inks. I don't really have time to stop print production to carve. But I'm carving this blue water lily block anyway.

The last few markets where I've offered my hand printed fabric, I have frequently been asked variations of "Where do you get your blocks?" or "Who carves your blocks for you." I understand that I'm embedded in the (not always so) great I America where one can throw money at whatever one desires, and then call it one's own, but those questions can annoy me. Depending on how much sleep I have had, those questions can annoy me bigly, in fact almost as much as "Where did you get that accent from?" My answer to the latter these days is usually: "They were going cheap on EBay. I bought three."

Savage joke, I know. But then I'm not sleeping well these days, inhabiting a raw and wilder place somewhere the other side of both dream and awake.

Recommended Reading:

American Coyote: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores, 2016.

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