Last year i wrapped the 4 the trees i decided to have a ‘dialogue’ with. After a few months the unbleached cotton i had wrapped them with showed no signs of the staining i had expected. So I left the trees wrapped and continued the dialogues in other ways.
Yesterday, while i was outside doing fall clean-up in the garden, i checked my wrapped trees and this is what I found.
Staining on the Arbutus wrap…
…and the Douglas-fir (image above), and also on the wraps of the maple and the cedar.
It made me realise i can’t rush these dialogues because i am wanting to respond to cycles of time that are different to my own.
I also checked on another dialogue going on out in the garden at the present.
Leaves have started to fall on the table cloth lying out under the maple. The cloth is no longer white but i don’t know if there is just dirt from rain and animals walking on it or staining is starting to take place.
I spent today working on sessions for the class i start teaching in November, ‘Mark Making With Thread’.
People have been generously donating materials and books for the students to use. I went through the bags and sorted them according to how they could be used in the different sessions i have planned. One lot of fabric is big enough for everyone in the class to have a piece so i planned a session around it.
I also did lots of reading for my dissertation and some brainstorming on a white board to organise my thoughts for the next few chapters. I have done enough reading for now. Tomorrow i get back to the writing.