the studio exterior has been TRANSFORMED by house painter C. her daughter F., and carpenter husband M.: from tatty, worn, weary and shabby to a bright BLUE and CREAMY white, while at the same time vastly improving the look of the wild-flower border
the house got a makeover as well: a glimpse of what has happened over there: a sunny YELLOW, combining beautifully with same blue and cream.....
view of house from studio window, this morning after yoga practice
meanwhile: ín the studio further mycelium-related dabblings; all started off at a workshop I recently attended together with my co-fungi-aficionados, a glorious day outdoors on the outskirts of lovely Deventer, close to the river Ijssel.
here a flattish result, consisting of hemp/oyster mushroom-mycelium mix, pressed in direct contact with and between two thick pieces of cardboard, the aim was to try and make paper-like flat surfaces on which I might paint, not quite smooth enough for that, so I printed image below onto transparent paper and pinned that on; holes were drilled for the nuts and bolts to make a kind of sandwich-press: cardboard/mycelium/cardboard and so on, a lot like pressing leaves and such
collection of critters 'praying' in small container
I have noticed dead insects, frogs and tiny toads too by the way, seem to take on a prayer-like stance once dead
different type of mushroom used here mixed with sawdust, I used an old lock thingy I found in dad's shed; here I wrapped plastic foil in metal first, to make the loosening easier
a byproduct: the cardboard I used, that hadn't been wrapped in foil became a mycelium base, which I love! the pre-drilled holes were useful for threading it onto an old Lo-Tek lampshade
Monday 12 July
Django doesn't like him, yet!
the little one is doing his best to convince him otherwise
this afternoon, August 9 BFF
mycelium growing from one river clay boat to the other
these [edible] oyster mushrooms are spore-less, so harmless to work with, or so I'm told; it is a mysterious and strange life-form to us humans that's for sure, but only if you keep on thinking like a human being; try looking at the world from their perspective (which is mighty difficult I know!):
how would we 'move' foot-less, how would we eat 'mouth-less' how would we create 'hand-less' how would we communicate 'brain-less' how would we make connections.....
many questions here
I have no idea where I'm heading with any of this, I am however enjoying this trip that feels like exploring new worlds
the white roses out back, once they get going, continue to bring joy no matter the weather! we have hardly had a Summer to speak of, a couple of hot days, many more grey, rainy and too cold to my liking....the upside being of course that one can be far more active.....who knows though, we might get to enjoy an Indian Summer on the yellow porch
four mourning birds
wanted to paint Viggo, or so I thought, my hand moved somewhere else, connecting inward......to the pain
finally got round to making ink-wash drawings yesterday, feeling pretty guilty to boot! having been busy with the outdoor-painters (and then redoing stuff ín the home, notice how you notice the shabbiness once something looks nice and new?) clearing out the Big House down south, being entertained by two dogs! mycelium-experiments, helping one son move, driving other son to & fro, moving stuff in general
in short life
one of many toads in the garden;-)
snail & slug nibbling a dead (at least I hope so) worm, not in my garden but on path leading into the woods
may you enjoy life's small wonders wherever you are
The essence of each day is to find that singular joy and it exists,if you know how to look and sense and see and touch and taste as in this morning, i picked a few basil leaves from my pot out in the patio to put into my scrambled eggs. Weeded a bit and found some sumac branches that had been torn off by the winds so I picked the leaves, added the weeds, took some compost scraps and rolled them all into a cloth that I will let sit and see what "brews!...
AND I come here and find a marvelous summer report filled with ordinary doings that actually are far from ordinary: I have so enjoyed your summer report Saskia: your blue house pulses against your land, rich with color; your yellow porch makes me want to curl up and sit a spell; your continued experiments with mycelium fascinate and i chuckle because when I make cloth bundles with garbage, with leftovers that become compost, I wonder what will be the result and I feel a bit like a mad scientist in my lab of possibilities and I imagine that you must feel the same...?!e I am a mad scientist, not knowing the outcome and so it must feel for you!
Happy news to learn that your family has expanded, a new little puppy to add more joy and discoveries to your days...well this is all such a wonderful event. this is simply how you live a rich life in my book of days.
So, so good to see you here. xo
I do not have the patience to grow my own food and dyeing plants like you do, but I do enjoy reading about your successes in those areas
is so full of Wonder...i love the cardboard lampshade installation
i had put some mulch stuff that came in a large block...bag
and it's decomposition process has been interesting and odd. i used
it on the potatoes...inches of it. and when digging down to search
for potatoes..hands...twice now, they have become extremely itchy...
the "web" between fingers most of all....i don't know if it's a
substance in the mulch or if some kind of unseen little creatures?
I've never had this happen before. do not have sensitive skin.
But much has been going on in there....
mycelium....a whole world to learn
the do over is Elegant
what I have noticed is if I add a bit of mycelium to our Green-Waste-container, which at times can stink! it 'eats' the waste and the container smells great again