Where to begin with my travelogue? I spent almost three weeks in Jaipur, and it felt like entering another lifetime, with Cape Town a distant planet, many galaxies away. This was a full immersion experience and quite frankly, I could die quite happy right now. But before I go, I’ll do my best to try to sum it all up with some pics and words:

Diggi Palace. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

Diggi Palace, Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

Hotel Diggi Palace, in central Jaipur, is the oasis where our group of 16 intrepid gals arrived for the 10 day Ritchie Ace Camps Jaipur Block Printing Tour, and it’s here that we spent three intensive days under the trees by the pool, where I imparted pearls of wisdom about pattern design, pattern generation and printing by hand.

Heather Moore workshop, Diggi Palace, Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

Heather Moore workshop, Diggi Palace, Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

The schedule was intense, and the weather was too. This was Pattern Bootcamp! But my students were fantastic people, hard workers and quick learners. Really, I was thrilled with the results of their work, and I think they were too!

Heather Moore workshop, Diggi Palace, Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

Heather Moore workshop, Diggi Palace, Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

Alongside the learning about pattern and placement, we got to see the real blockprinting deal, for which Jaipur is so famous.We visited the Anokhi Museum of block printing, as well as the impeccable atelier of Brigitte Singh, and also got to see one of the blockprinting facilities for Soma, where founder Andree Pouillet gave us a glimpse into the business of block printing at work.

Block printing in Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

Block printing in Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

Block printing in Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

Block printed textiles in Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

We also spent a day in a village outside Jaipur called Bagru, where we spent a day making and dying our own mud-resist block printed and indigo dyed scarves (!!!), and another day learning about vegetable dyes, and then block printing our very own scarf. Extraordinary to get an insight into the intense hands-on, labour-intensive processes that are involved.

Mud resist and indigo dye in Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

Mud resist and indigo dye in Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

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After a demo from the experts, we got to choose from the print house’s blocks and then it was chocks away, and we got printing. See me printing my scarf below? Do I not look like I’ve never had a better time in my life? Everyone’s scarf turned out so beautifully, all in madder red and black oxide. We were beyond thrilled – this was no doubt a highlight of this Ace Camp..

Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx block printing in Jaipur. Pic: Heather Moore Oct2014

The internet is not being my friend this week (thanks for the welcome home, Telkom!), so I will continue to post about Jaipur when conditions are favourable once again. Stay tuned for posts on colour, shapes, traffic, and – of course – shopping!

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I’m off to Jaipur!

This will be my last blog post for most of October, as I’m about to head off to India, immersing myself in beautiful patterns, textiles and colours while also teaching (and learning!) on the Jaipur Block Printing tour organised by Ritchie Ace Camps. I am so excited to visit the Pink City, to meet everyone who will be taking the course, and to see for myself how beautiful Indian textiles are created. I think my mind will be totally blown! And, of course, I’ll be bringing back a bunch of treasures, so keep an eye out for news of a post-India special… Continue reading

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Fan Fridays – last chance this year!

It’s been so much fun to get your Fan Fridays / #lookatmyskinny images of Skinny laMinx goodies in homes and stores around the world. Thanks to everyone who has participated. Things are hotting up for us at the end of the year, so at the end of October, we’ll be taking a break from the Fan Fridays until next year. In gratitude for sharing your pics with us, we’ll be giving away prizes for three lucky #lookatmyskinny participants, so keep those hashtagged images rolling in, and we’ll put you all in a hat for an end October lucky draw.

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Keeping good company at Heath Ceramics

You know about Heath Ceramics, right? Across the San Francisco bay, in Sausalito, they’ve been designing and making ceramics since the 1950′s, continuing to produce a lot of the line of ceramics first designed by Heath Ceramics’ founder, Edith Heath, while also innovating and produce seasonal lines. It’s an awesome company.   About 5 years ago, when Heath Ceramics first started stocking Skinny laMinx tea towels and napkins, they asked me to design a graphic for their tote bag, which is still available for sale. Every time I get a Heath Ceramics newsletter and I see what exciting projects they’re working on,… Continue reading

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Making Friday: Getting organised

I started sorting through my piles of sketchbooks last week, categorising images, ideas and inspiration pics. It feels like that time of year, doesn’t it? If you’re interested, I’ve started a Tumblr page where I’ve been posting pics of my sketches and other side projects. Take a look here

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Artfully Embroidered

Way back in 2008, when Skinny laMinx was but a babe, I spent lots of time making papercuts in my studio. Some found a purpose (that Pincushion papercut certainly proved its worth!), but most of them ended up in a drawer. So I really was super thrilled to find one of them being given a fresh purpose thanks to Japanese embroidery artist Naoko Shimoda, who has released a book of her beautiful embroidery projects, with an embroidered version of one of my papercuts on the cover! The book has been released in Japan, Taiwan and Mainland China. I have a copy of the Japanese… Continue reading

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Furoshiki with a tea towel

In yesterday’s post about multi-teatowel-tasking, I mentioned the idea of using a tea towel to wrap a gift, furoshiki-style, and here are DIY step-by-step instructions letting you know exactly how to do it (using, in this case, the When Everyone Came To Tea tea towel in rosebud): Step 1: With the print facing down, fold the tea towel into a square. Place the gift in the centre of the tea towel. Step 2: Take the corner labelled C and fold it to the centre, across the box. Step 3: Take the corner labelled A and fold it to the centre, over… Continue reading