If you are like me you would like to watch your Youtube videos, photo streams and digital purchases of workshops and PDFs on your larger home TV screen. With the development of technologies designed for both Apple iOS and Android products, it is now possible to use your smartphone or tablet as a sending device, sharing or mirroring the screen with your TV either directly or using a home WiFi media sharing device such as Roku, Apple TV or Google Chromecast.
I’ve heard it said that fibre reactive dyes aren’t great on silk fibres, and that completely befuddles me! I worked with silk (mainly silk broadcloth) for many years, always with fibre reactive dyes and I always found the colour strike to be excellent.
Karen Nicol is a textile artist based in the UK whose work spans the range of cushions for the Pope and King of Qatar to signature lines at Anthropologie, Liberty of London and Harrod's as well as couture work for Givenchy and many other European fashion houses. Meeting her for a film assignment was one of those rare opportunities to spend a day in the inner sanctum of one of the finest embroiderers on the planet.
In April of 2018 Yoshiko Wada of the World Shibori Network and Slow Fiber Studios and I traveled to Brittany, France to spend two weeks with Michel Garcia in his new studio and home workshop on the coast of France. It's always great to see how he is working with natural dyes in his local enviroment.
Textile artist Claire Benn traveled with her husband, James, to the region as part of a tour of the Southwest's textile museums and communities. While there Claire heard the story of the Acoma people and their poisoning by invading settlers who wanted their land for their own. The story had such a great impact on Claire that she entitled a piece 'They Poisoned the Well' ...
Weaving ikat rebozos has been in Luis’ family since the 1800's. Now in its fourth generation, Luis has taken his craft to new heights participating in competitions where he has received award after award at the national level.
"Pojagi and Beyond", as Chunghie Lee refers to her course at the Rhode Island School of Design and in traveling exhibitions from Hawaii to the Victoria and Albert Museum is one Korean woman's passion for creative fibre arts and her desire to teach others so that they may find in Pojagi the freedom and expression she finds from this ancient Korean art form.
Is it the socks that Michael is mending or our greater community which grows increasingly disconnected? Either way, Michael has left a permanent mark on the people of San Francisco, and now -- London, England, by way of the London Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace.