Vivienne Orgel is a Santa Cruz artist who loves capturing nature's beauty (and some rusty metal and urban funk too) via photography as she roves the Central Coast enjoying its riches - oaks, tafoni, wildflowers, sexy eucalypts, fertile fungi, ladybirds and banana slugs!
She also experiments with textile arts, including modifying t-shirts and thrift store clothing using natural dyes, bleach, rust and a variety of shibori and stitchery techniques. A class at Cabrillo College led to some blissful hours of pure play, not knowing what surprises were in store when untying the dyed or bleached/discharged fabric samples. At home experimentation has included natural dyes, two great ones being pesky sourgrass/oxalis flowers and black bean juice.
Additional art explorations include pique assiette mosaic, knitting, and papercutting. As a vegetarian, the focus is on colorful and tasty foods that can be prepared quickly and healthfully. Some recipes may be included in the blog at a later time. Please take a look around!