5.27.2011

Free Spirited Findings

So, yesterday we ventured to the beautiful Asheville, NC for the day to enjoy some fresh mountain air, antiques, and art and as we wandered around downtown between organic clothing shops, artisan booths full of handcrafted surprises, and street corner groupings of barefooted musicians I decided to seek out and embrace my inner hippie. There is nothing more refreshing than being immersed in a subculture or being around someone, whether indefinitely or temporarily, whose carefree, relaxed, and spirited approach to life is palpable, and though peculiar, is thoroughly present.

 One booth we stopped at was a guy, mid twenties, selling glass terrariums he had made out of anything and everything (coffee pots and light bulbs included). The excitement and passion and care he took in describing them was inspiring, and though it may, in part, have been induced by some questionable herbal and organic supplements (he was telling me about the fairies that lived in one of them) it was nonetheless rejuvenating and uplifting to see someone so ardent about their craft. It's funny how it sometimes takes a complete stranger or a completely strange encounter to remind us of what's important, to make us reevaluate our perspective, and to remind us of our own passions.



In honor of my new found hippie-ness here are some trippy interior items that are sure to leave you with the munchies (for redecorating!):

Clockwise from top left: beautiful batik pillows; batik accent wallpaper; GORGEOUS tie dye wallpaper looks like stone on fireplace wall; tie dye wallpaper rolls; hand dyed drop cloth as a rug in this fabulous room; batik headboard lends an exotic feel to a shabby-chic bedroom

"Batik (“wax painting”), is the technique of textile design by negative, or resist, dyeing and the resulting fabric. Designs are first painted on both sides of a cloth in melted wax, traditionally poured from a copper pot with several spouts. The cloth is then dipped in dye, which is absorbed by the uncovered areas but resisted by the waxed areas; the result is a light pattern on a dark ground. After the wax is removed (by boiling or dissolving), the process may be repeated many times with other colored dyes to achieve great intricacy of design and richness of color. Batik, known to the ancient Sumerians, was developed into an art of great beauty by the Javanese and other Indonesian peoples. They used traditional geometric or floral motifs, often symbols of religion or social status, most frequently in blue and brown tones. Batik was introduced to Europe by Dutch merchants in the 17th century.

Tie-dye is a process of resist dyeing textiles made from knit or woven fabric, usually cotton; typically using bright colors. Traditional tie-dye techniques have also been used for centuries in the Hausa region of West Africa, Peru and Thailand."

Both Batik and Tie-dye textiles are made as the result of resistance. Resistance oftentimes has a negative connotation but here we see case-in-point that embracing the resistance and diligently executing the process to make it through that resistance can result in very individualized, unique, and beautiful results. Sure, the process is painstaking, time consuming, tiresome, drawn-out, and intricately detailed and involved...but isn't the result worth it? What resistance in your life are you avoiding today because of the paralyzing thought of the process it will take to push through? Embrace a free spirit today and fast forward to the end result. Keep that in sight as you proceed forward...and remember, the resistance is ALWAYS greatest at the borderline of a breakthrough...

Peace, Love, and Happiness,

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