My husband, Darrell, was scheduled to do some demos at two Lee Valley Stores in British Columbia Friday and Saturday. I've been looking forward to this because while he was busy demoing, I was going to Maiwa. If you don't know about Maiwa, check it out: http://www.maiwa.com/
They have everything for fabric (and yarn) dyeing, plus some really great imported stuff.
I've been following their blog http://maiwahandprints.blogspot.com/ for a while and had noticed these really neat leather bags, reasonably priced, too. I decided I was going to go and get one for myself. So, Friday, Darrell dropped me off at Granville Island and I spent the next five hours shopping and eating and sitting and watching the people. The weather was grand and the area is wonderful. Granville Island is a wonder mix of artists workshops and their galleries and shops of all things artistic to peruse and buy.
There is also a wonderful Market where you can get fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, fish and whatever you desire!
I got the leather bag (I love it!)...
and then went a little nuts - I bought a few things to check out natural dyeing.
I went back a third time to get the Indigo Kit, after I had read some of the literature they had given me when I bought the first dyes. The instructions sounded very easy, and the clerk assured me it was a breeze. We'll see - I've heard that indigo can be very difficult.
Saturday morning Darrell had to be in Coquitlam at 10am, and I hadn't really planned anything. But, all night long I'd been thinking about the great books I'd seen in Maiwa. So, having nothing better to do, I drove back to Vancouver and Granville Island just to buy a book - so I bought three.
I started looking online for a fabric store and found one less than a half a mile from where the husband was, so I headed back there.
It was just a big box fabric store with a lot of everything, but I did find the threads I was needing for my 'Ashtray' project. I stuck to my resolution not to buy anymore fabric, but I'll admit, I looked a little bit.
I spent all my allowance for the next several months! I need to get back into the studio and use some of this stuff up!
Here are some random images I saw:
I almost forgot to mention we also went to the Vancouver Art Museum to see the Degas (and others) Drawings Exhibit