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Winter in July

At the High Fiber Diet meeting last week, while discussing Wabi Sabi, it was brought up that Wabi Sabi encompasses Fall and Winter. After meeting with the Japanese Garden Cultural Coordinator, we have changed our theme to “Rustic Elegance” as she felt it was not possible to use Wabi Sabi as our theme. However, I got this winter thing in my head and I decided that I just have to do a winter bamboo fence piece. I will probably do a fall piece. too.

Today, I made another bamboo screen to use as a back ground. I screened it on hand-dyed cotton with black and silver textile paint.


This piece will be done in greys, black and white with some touches of red. Here is a bamboo fence that I screened on gray organza. I am going to print a black fence on white organza.


Here is the other fence printed on silk with some vintage Japanese fabrics that I am auditioning. I am also painting the bamboo to look aged and white.


We are having strange weather — sort of humid and overcast. I think we are going to have lots of rain tomorrow. Good weather for playing in the studio.

4 Responses to “Winter in July”

  1. Deborah says:

    I’m very interested in this discussion you must have had with the Cultural Coordinator. Why did she feel she should have control over your theme? And what does it really mean that wabi sabi encompasses winter and fall? I’m not trying to be snarky, maybe she wants to make sure the concept is truly representational of the Japanese culture and possibly your group didn’t have a complete understanding. I guess that might make sense. Anyway… my interest is piqued. The new theme has lots of potential! Can’t wait to see more bamboo.

  2. Reva says:

    I had no idea that wabi sabi had anything to do with seasonality. Oh well. I love your bamboo stuff! (And I’m waiting for the rain, too….)

  3. PaMdora says:

    Gerrie, your screen prints are turning out fabulous! I’ve never done any so big — maybe some day! Isn’t that tough, working with a committee on naming things. I never like the names that come up — thought Wabi Sabi was much better!

  4. Jeannie says:

    Gerrie, These are just beautiful. I am finding these pieces of art very exciting in a calming way. You are on a roll! It is hot and humid up here also. I think the rain is evaporating before it hits the ground. Have fun tomorrow. Cheers.