My Textile Treasures

People have asked me why I am buying something on a trip and what am I going to do with it? My answer has been (to myself) “to have it”. I got inspired to really put away my textiles honorably when I visited a friend I met on the Philippines trip. Here is the result.

Japanese fragments & piece from an obi made of cocoons. Old blouse from Philippines, white wool piece with henna from Morocco, old tape loom. (I had the bars put up when I moved in 6 years ago.)

Japanese fragments & piece from an obi made of cocoons. Old blouse from Philippines, white wool piece with henna from Morocco, old tape loom. (I had the bars put up when I moved in 6 years ago.)

Textiles on shelves and in drawers in sideboard.

Textiles on shelves and in drawers in sideboard.

Blouse from Philippines, belt from Morocco, under kimono from Japan, narrow pieces from Japan, ikat hanging by me.

Blouse from Philippines, belt from Morocco, under kimono from Japan, narrow pieces from Japan, ikat hanging by me.

Drawers in tansu with scarves. Other places for my pj's, etc.

Drawers in tansu with scarves. Other places for my pj’s, etc.

Scarves in drawers of tansu chest. I need discipline to put them away after wearing them.

Scarves in drawers of tansu chest. I need discipline to put them away after wearing them.

Japanese things. Ceremonial kimono with fireflies design, obi made with fan reed, tea pot with fish lever to adjust height. Art piece by Adela Akers.

Japanese things. Ceremonial kimono with fireflies design, obi made with fan reed, tea pot with fish lever to adjust height. Art piece by Adela Akers.

Case with earrings and hair pieces from the Philippines. combs from India, Collage by Milton Sonday, textile art by Adela Akers. Japanese sake bottle and vase.

Case with earrings and hair pieces from the Philippines. combs from India, Collage by Milton Sonday, textile art by Adela Akers. Japanese sake bottle and vase.

Scenes from Morocco

This man helped me climb the sand dunes in Morocco.

This man helped me climb the sand dunes in Morocco.

Here are a few scenes from Morocco. I just wanted to give you the flavor of what we saw. I’m too busy now to make much more than that–does this remind you of not finding time to make a photo album after a big trip?? I hope to post some more photos soon before it all becomes a blur.
camel ride
Donkeys
more buildings
Market
market 2
countryside
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weaver blue warp
sunset

Dinner at Rick's Cafe in Casablanca.

Dinner at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca.

Large Boro is Finished

Boro - Large
Now I have all my pieces for my solo show in November done! We hung the Boro today on my wall –the first time it’s been hanging on the board with Velcro I made. Before it was always pinned up on my studio wall. It’s hanging well, thank goodness. The safety pins that hold the three layers together take the light nicely, I think. The blues are all fabrics I dyed in indigo. The brown pieces are from a thick, stiff textile sack used in making sake. I got it in Japan and loved the tannin effect of it.

Now, all that’s left to do for the show is the pricing, inventory lists, contact list and sending out the invitations. I love them–you’ll see it in a post nearer to the opening of the show.

Now I start packing for Morocco!

A Textile Trip to Morocco and a Solo Show of My New Work

Morocco ArchitectureIn October I will be going to Morocco! In November I will have a one-person show at the Tiburon Library starting with a reception on November 3. That leaves me September to get ready for the show! I’ve been creative all summer and still getting new ideas so I see September will be a busy month. You might not hear much from me. I’ll be sending posts from Morocco but my web guy will be away, too, so my usual travel posts may be delayed.