Carrie Miller, “(Pass) Through” (detail)


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August 2018

Textile Center presents exhibitions by Jiseon Lee Isbara and Susie Taylor

August 30-October 27 Minneapolis, MN United States

Two accomplished artists are featured at Textile Center this fall, with exhibitions contrasting divergent approaches to artistic practice. Similarly, both bring their ideas to fruition through the history, processes, and materials of textiles. Portland-based Lee Isbara’s approach addresses the development of a visual vocabulary over time. With this, she communicates concept and emotion in mirroring her own life as a displaced person conversant in the language and culture of two countries, but not considered a full-fledged member of either one.…

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September 2018

Fiber With A Cause Master Fiber Labs

September 30-November 3 Washington, DC United States

Fiber With A Cause facilitates fiber arts labs that offer artists the ability to expand their fiber techniques with affordable classes. All of our Master Teachers have over 15 – 20 years experience in their craft and run fulltime fiber art businesses. Our focus will be on crochet, knitting, and weaving. Students will complete custom wearable products in each lab.

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October 2018

Menyanting: 3-Day Batik Workshop

October 19-October 21 Berkeley, CA United States

Bu Dalmini is a master batik artisan and the Director of Batik Tulis Kebon Indah, a collective of 169 women batik makers in the village of Bayat near the famous 9th century Hindu temple of Prambanan in Central Java. Bu came to the United States last January for the first time to lead a talented group of textile enthusiasts in a batik workshop at The Language of Cloth studio in San Francisco. All aspects of traditional batik-making processes practiced in…

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Empowering Fabrics – Aboriginal Printed Textiles From Australia’s Top End with Joanna Barrkman

October 20 10:00 am-11:00 am San Francisco, CA United States

Textile Arts Council hosts a presentation by Joanna Barrkman. She will describe how artists in remote Aboriginal Australian communities have embraced screen-printing on textiles as a contemporary art practice as they work in locally-owned and operated art centers on their traditional lands. Each art center has developed its own style of printed fabrics as well as distinctive approaches to printed fabric production and distribution. Over the past three decades, Indigenous Australian artists have taken command of textile printing designs and…

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Resist Dye On Wool

October 26-October 27 Columbia, NC United States

Instructor: Carol Lebaron- This workshop explores the beautiful characteristics of acid dyes on wool and silk. We will use simple immersion dye and resist techniques in the hot dye pot, which causes wool and silk to hold a shape. You will create an assortment of samples to generate ideas and methods to follow up in your own work. All fiber artists will find something for their own work.

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November 2018

Unbundling the Mystery of Mordants Modifiers and Botanical Prints with Linda G. Illumanardi

November 3-November 6 Stuart, FL United States

Join Linda Illumanardi for a 4 day workshop beginning with unraveling the mystery of the differences between the mordants titanium oxalate and aluminum acetate (traditional cellulose mordants) and their effects on protein (charmeuse) and cellulose (bamboo) fabrics. This will lead into the effects of specific modifiers, and then printing on fabrics prepared with copper/iron, and tannic acid. Beginning with a systematic method for comparing the shifts in pH modifiers/mordants, students will then transition to combinations of dye transfer blankets, building…

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Workshop: Skins and Skeletons: 3D Textile Constructions

November 7-November 11 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

In this experimental workshop, Skins and Skeletons, participants will first learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, and wire. Methods will include various lashing techniques, chaotic plaiting, and wire construction processes. Next, we’ll cover a broad array of approaches for building skins onto these structures using gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, and nets. Media to further modify these “skins,” such as wax, polymers and a graphite/shellac paint will be presented. Participants…

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Following the Flow of Indigo in Africa with Pamela McClusky

November 10 10:00 am-11:00 am San Francisco, CA United States

Textile Arts Council presents a talk by Pamela McClusky, Curator of African and Oceanic Art at the Seattle Art Museum. The virtual journey will start in ancient Egypt to see a kerchief used by King Tutankhamun that retains the deep hue of a majestic aesthetic. Moving southwest, we’ll follow the path of camels to the Tuareg, or the Blue People. From there, a caravan will lead us to Kano, Nigeria, renowned for its dedication to dye pits that are hundreds…

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Textile Odyssey to Bhutan and Nepal

November 13-December 8 Bhutan and Nepal, Bhutan

Textile Odyssey Tour to Bhutan - Nov. 13 - Nov. 28, 2018 Optional Extension tour to Nepal: Kathmandu Valley – Nov. 28 – Dec. 3* Optional Exploratory tour to Pokhara/Ghandruk – Dec. 3- Dec. 5 * Following last year’s resoundingly successful tour, Textile Odyssey returns to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, known for its government’s guiding principle of “Gross National Happiness.” One of the most isolated countries in the world, tourism and modern development in Bhutan is at a…

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True Colors; Developing a Personal Palette w Carol Soderlund

November 26-November 28 Stuart, FL United States

For the dyer, the many choices of dye colors available can lead to confusion and disappointment in color outcomes. This class will help you choose the pure color that will suit you in developing your own personal palette. Carol has dyed over 80 individual palettes, which she will share with you through slide presentations, discussions, and hands -on dyeing. Brilliant yellows, passionate purples, rich reds, astounding blues and soothing greens as well as necessary neutrals will be yours to mix…

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