One of those mornings where you wake up and can't go back to sleep? Of course, take the dog out for a walk. So yesterday morning I was out with Samantha at 5:15 am and heard a Great Horned Owl concert. They are the ones that call: Hooo... hoot who... Hoo... hoot Hoooooo. I would love to see them, but was just as happy it didn't try to catch my 2 and a half pound dog. So anyway, looked up some pictures of GH Owls and they are so fierce looking. Some writers call them the Tiger of the Night.
What a great story, here is an article from fabric.com on Hoffman Bali fabrics. They are leaders in protecting the environment from the harsh chemicals necessary for fabric dyeing.
Celebrating Sustainable Practices and Products with Hoffman FabricsBy: fabric.com By: Hoffman Fabrics
Hoffman Fabrics is in its 96th year as a family owned and run business. The 4th generation of the Hoffman Family is pushing forward with the family’s innovative spirit that puts quality and responsibility at the forefront of its brand.
The 4th generation tells us that their grandfather, Walter Hoffman and great uncle, Philip Hoffman discovered the art of Bali Batiks in the early 70’s on their surf adventures to the island. Both men were pioneers in the surfing world and played a large roll in the commercialization of the surfing culture through their talents and textiles. The joy that the ocean brought them was something that they strived to preserve when they decided to add hand-dyed Bali Batiks into their vast line of textiles.
With surfing and water being a focus, the Hoffman family had an idea that led to the installation of a water reclamation facility at their privately owned Hoffman Bali Batik factory over 20 years ago. Today, this filtration system circulates all of the dye water that is used in the process of creating the Hoffman Bali Batik. Dye water is filtered several times until it reaches its original pH level and is deemed safe to disperse back into the environment.
When purchasing a Hoffman Bali Batik you can count on a few things. Top-notch quality is the always first when it comes to the Hoffman brand. We use the best base cloth with the finest yarn and the tightest weave. Second, you can be confident that your purchase supports a responsible brand that invests in the health and future of our planet with our state-of-the-art Water Reclamation Facility. Lastly, you can count on beauty; Hoffman Bali Batiks are rich in color and embody design sophistication. The batik artisans share their talents with us and we are grateful to be their partner.
Had to leave home early to get to the doctor's appts. today. But it was such a beautiful sunrise I had to record it! Also some bits of urban decay in downtown Newport and some really great preservation later in the day in Greeneville, TN. So inspiring, I can see lots of painting=quilting ideas here.
I love my guinea fowl! This is the second quilt of mine that has showcased them. This one includes fabulous African fabrics from Cultural Expressions and Warthogs! Its still in progress but here is a sample:
Well first, your local news. Bears are driving us crazy this year! A mom and 3 cubs is actually climbing the trees and snatching roosting chickens and eating them. I did not know they could do that. Neither did the chickens, and they are not catching on too fast on how to save themselves! So far my chickens have been safe; they sleep in a coop with a small door plus it is sheet metal. (the whole coop) We had them walk right by us in the yard while we were on the porch! But anyway... its been raining a LOT I guess mostly because of Hurricane Delta. Its kind of gloomy, which made me think of England, which made me think of artists, which made me think of Gauguin, and how he decided to get away from dismal Europe and head for the sun where he created a fabulous array of art we enjoy today and forever!
Tahiti remains gorgeous to this day, above and below the waterline...
I have been working on an entry for SAQA's show "Earth." My quilt is Salt of the Earth, it celebrates salt, insects and Africa. The premise of the quilt show was earth and its gifts, however you figured to deal with that. I was fascinated when I read about the salt mines and amazed when I saw how beautiful they are. Many of them are extremely colorful and modern mining methods have made this item, once only for the wealthy, available easily and cheaply to everyone. I pieced many different white fabrics together and painted them to indicate the rich colors of the salt mines. Then as a tribute to the first crawling life on the earth, I included 3 beetles. Finally, as science, legend and our faith indicates that Africa was the seat of human life on earth, I included some of the beautiful African fabric I purchased from Cultural Expressions. It will be a wonderful show!
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.