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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

Fiber Arts & Wool Workshop at the Grand Canyon

October 6-October 7 Grand Canyon, AZ United States

Create felted 3D pieces while experiencing the sublime wildness of Grand Canyon National Park! During this hands-on, weekend workshop you’ll learn the techniques needed to create both small and large felted wool vessels and votives using resists. You'll also have the opportunity to dye wool using acid dyes.  

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Stitched and Pieced” A seven day workshop exploring Japanese textiles, Boro mending and quilting methods in Tuscany

October 10 Tuscany, Italy

Join us to explore Japanese inspired patchwork piecing and stitching techniques. Through hands-on projects, learn about a variety of traditional techniques and how to incorporate them into your own work. Boro, Katazome, Sashiko, Shibori, Indigo and Ikat . We have hired an Italian chef to prepare our meals and can enjoy cocktails in the evenings by the pool.

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3 Day Medium Printing: Creating Colored Backgrounds

October 16-October 18 Stuart, FL United States

MEDIUM PRINTING IS THE NEXT STEP ONCE YOU HAVE LEARNED HOW TO DO CONTACT PRINTING. This method combines botanical printing and resist dyeing by adding the use of natural or acid dyes to create beautiful background color and texture. The main objective is that your prints will have background color that is obtained using a carrier cloth. (Think: Iron blanket) The carrier cloth can be solid or textured and this releases the dyes when the fabric is bundled. We will…

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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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