Avocado Dye on Silk Tutorial
If I told you that avocados could be used as a natural dye, I bet you would be surprised that they would create the most beautiful pink hues on fabric! This also makes a great last-minute Valentine's gift, if you happen to have a piece of silk laying around at home. Later, you can sew it into a pillow or gift a scarf to someone. If you have time, you could raid your local thrift shop for vintage silk camis or dress, that could be up-cycled too! This process also works well on a white kid's t-shirts that have become gray. Although today, I will share the results on silk you can certainly try this on cotton or wool too!
Today, I will share with you 2 silk scarves left in the dye pot for varying amounts of time. The white silk to the left shows how the silk looked prior to dyeing. At right, you can see the pale ballet pink that can be achieved with avocado pits and skins. Read more to learn about the process, plus see all of the wonderful results!
Why I started offering workshops for Creatives
Have you been wanting to start something new, but were unsure about how or where to begin? Honestly, I think we have all been there at some point in our lives and today I'd like to share with you a more personal post about why I started this blog, which led me to create a workshop series for creatives. For me, I find that most things evolve naturally, soon after I make the decision to dive in! My natural tendency is to leap first and ask questions later. I know that some of might consider that a risky way of doing things. You might be encouraged to hear Seth Godin say, "The only thing worse that starting something and failing is not starting something, and I think you know exactly what that means.
But first, a little background about how I was feeling 16 months ago and what led me to start blogging again. About 2 years ago, I was teaching art and designing interiors, yet feeling creatively overwhelmed. My side work in interiors was as demanding as my work in art education and that slowly came to a halt as I tried to keep all of the balls up in the air. I felt short on time, energy and inspiration, and I am guessing that many of you; creatives, artists and entrepreneurs can relate to that feeling? Did I say that I had a 2 1/2 year old at the time??? I won't even mention my summer job as a Program Director at a prestigious art academy because then you might all think that I was completely crazy working over 60+ hours per week, while trying to be a fantastic mommy. So, add up all of those things and 2 years ago, I was falling short on energy in every way.
In November of 2016, I decided to do 3 things about the creative burn-out that I was feeling. I decided to step back from over-doing it, so that later I could step up to the plate with more clarity and renewed energy. I decided to start attended a handful of creative workshops and to start blogging around the same time.
First, I decided to attend a handful of workshops in and around Los Angeles area. I know you must be thinking, but how in the world did you make time to do more? And the key really was giving myself all of the time that I needed to accomplish these classes, spacing them out, and also not doing some things as well like watching tv, every evening or attending every event or party. The time that I reserved to attend workshops was during my son's nap-time on Sunday afternoons. The workshops were mostly held at museums, wood shops and even one later in the year was out in Joshua Tree. I will give you the full list of workshops that I have attended in the past year in Los Angeles, in case you would like to get started reconnecting to your creativity!
In the art classroom, I noticed that I was creating a lot of valuable content for all my teaching artist endeavors, so much so that I could probably write a book or start a blog. I decided to blog about and photo document some of those more crafty projects on my other Sunday afternoons. I find myself coming back to the content time and again. In this way, the content outlasts, the one time use in the classroom. So in the long term, I hope to create some ebooks and courses in the future.
In summary, the 3 things that I did to become reconnected to my inspiration was slow down, attend a few workshops, and document my creative work through blogging. Doing those things really helped me to gain clarity about what am doing and why I am doing it. I am not here to live in a creative frenzy! In short, stepping back led me to an a-ha moment of clarity: This year, I founded the Creative Sundays workshop series for adults who are seeking to reconnect to their creativity.
In fact, I ran a few workshops throughout 2017 to find out more about what interests my audience. Over the years, many of my student's parents have approached me to see if I would consider giving adult classes and some have said that they would want to spend the afternoon in the studio with me. I saw that interest in my interior design clients as well. They were lovers of art and some were interested in creating handmade objects for their homes. I listened to their requests and I am dreaming up ways to offer new workshops.
Recently, a workshop attendee turned and ask me, "So basically you travel the world teaching and attending workshops?!" sounds pretty amazing! and I have to agree that it does. With an upcoming trip to Japan and India this spring, I can't wait to more about the ancient secrets of 8th century Shibori, I am feeling incredibly thankful and inspired about I am doing.
I couldn't be happier offering private lessons in Shibori and natural dye retreats that align with my current interests artistically and spiritually. Please attend a workshop with me, if you are even feeling a bit of a need to recenter artistically, you will not regret the time that you invested in yourself.
If you are feeling like you do not have the time to take a weekend class or a retreat, then I recommend that you read something inspiring! If you are a creative searching for a path to follow your passion, then you might enjoy, The Crossroads of Should and Must. Natural dyers, might enjoy Natural Color by Sasha Duerr, which explores plant dyes by season and has beautiful photography. I just got it in the mail this week.
Here are a few links more links to help you get back on the path to accessing your highest level of creativity and satisfaction.
Creative L.A. based workshops:
I will be sharing my favorite books for getting inspired creatively soon! Finally, I'd love to hear from you what helps you to stay inspired? How do you connect to your inner creative guide? and what kind of workshops would you like to see offered?
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DIy Valentine's Lino-cut prints
You guys~ I am so ready to show you these DIY Valentine's Day cards. This project has been on the horizon for a few weeks and it is the kick off to the 2018 Make Nine challenge. My goal was to put it out there for you to try it out right before Valentine's Day, and I would encourage you to try this, if you would like to print your own Valentine's this year or if you have ever wanted to create a one-of-a-kind custom print for your space.
The total project took me about an hour accomplish once I gathered all of the supplies and it was very satisfying to make. As I mentioned, this is project is my first selection of the 2018 Make Nine Challenge created by Rochelle of Lucky Lucille. You can see the other projects that I have chosen here. Are you ready to kick-off the challenge with me?
Keep on reading to see the full list of supplies and to see how you can make one too!
HI, I'M HILARY.
I offer creative workshops to inspire you to live your best life by connecting to your creativity and others.
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