I received an incredible package in the mail this week from my friend Mandy Behrens. Mandy is the artist behind Weathered Silo and one of the kindest people I’ve ever had the good fortune to know. Her ‘affinity for the old ways’ is apparent in everything she creates. The painting above, “Midday Wheat”, is from her Colorado prairie landscape collection, it’s painted on hemp/organic cotton fabric and beautifully affixed to salvaged Mexican hardwood. The weight of the wood layered with the textures of raw fabric edges and brush strokes of oil paint are so true to Mandy's inspiration. It makes me very happy to look at this everyday. The gorgeous intense blue textiles you see, were hand dyed by Mandy with woad, a natural earth-friendly dye. The colors are so stunningly rich that they look aged, like fabric you would find in an old trunk full of treasures. I plan to make something special with the textiles and once I do, I’ll be sure to post.
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