Friday, June 17, 2016


______I promise I haven't been whisked away by aliens to another planet far, far away, nor captured by a ferocious band of jellybeans and converted into a new JellyBelly flavor. But if I was converted into a JellyBelly flavor, I would hope it to be something akin to week-old fish turd-flavored so that nobody would dare consume JellyBelly Ali.

______I digress. The first week I was away, I was in North Carolina at the John C. Campbell Folk school taking a workshop for my third time there. This time around, it was a dyeing workshop. Our instructor was from Nigeria (but has been living in New Mexico for the past twenty years) and brought the techniques of the Yoruba Tribe with him as well as many samples of his own work.

______He also brought natural indigo for us to dye our fabrics in after preparing them with patterns through methods such as batik, using a cassava paste as a resist that was "painted" on to the fabric, and tie-dyeing.

______This top was one of the pieces he made. It's silk, lightweight and delicate, and dyed a deep indigo. Deeper than the deep blue sea. Deeper than a sinking sand pit. Deeper than a black and white Instagram photo with an inspirational quote. That deep.

______Immediately after returning home from the workshop, dad and I packed our things for our North Dakota and Montana trip to see family members. I hadn't seen any of them for nearly seven years due to summers being filled with work or classes, so being able to see everyone in person was quite the treat. More than worth the 50+ hours on the road.

______If you were a JellyBelly flavor, what flavor would you be?

Top: made by Gasali Adeyemo
Heels: ASOS
Earrings: Charming Charlie
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Starfish fish: c/o BornPretty


Frannie Pantz said...

Aw Jelly Bellys. I have a love hate relationship with them because I like most of the flavors . . . but then I get a nasty one and I'm like "ok, I'm done" (looking at you toasted buttered popcorn . . . *shudders*).

This top is fabulous and I love the story behind it. We had a client that was from Ghana once who brought me a dress back from there and I love it so much.

The Dragonfruit said...

Ooooh, girl this top is just something else - it's amazing! Such a beautiful piece, and the background behind it makes it all the more special. I've been stalking your Snapchats, so it's been fun keeping up with bits of your adventures. Glad the aliens didn't get to you yet ;)
Mmm, and if I were a jelly belly...well, I suppose I would be a Dragonfruit, now wouldn't I?? Hahaha!

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Sarah Albertson said...

Hah, my first thought is to be a delicious jelly bean flavor, but I kinda like your line of thinking instead. Who wants to get eaten?! That top is beautiful! What a unique piece :)

Lily Fang said...

Eeee, so good to see you back Ali! It sounds like you've had such a full trip--I've loved keeping up with your insta posts. The top you're sporting here is such a beautiful deep blue, and it goes so well with the tassel necklace. I'm also totally in love with those gold shoes!

I hope you've had a chance to recover from the long car rides. I can't wait to hear about more of your adventures!

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