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Claire Benn: Exploring Fiber Reactive Dyes on Silk

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Claire Benn: Exploring Fiber Reactive Dyes on Silk
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.

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Karen Nicol: A Fascinating Journey

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Karen Nicol: A Fascinating Journey
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.

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Exploring Natural Dyes with Michel Garcia and Yoshiko Wada in Brittany France!

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Exploring Natural Dyes with Michel Garcia and Yoshiko Wada in Brittany France!
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.

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Batik of Java: A Visual Journey

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Batik of Java: A Visual Journey
Exploring batik in Java for the San Francisco Asian Art Museum in 2017. Truly a visual journey filled with delightful discoveries at every stop along the way.

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Traces of Time: Claire Benn

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Traces of Time: Claire Benn
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' ...

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Michael Swaine: Mending for the People

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Michael Swaine: Mending for the People
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.

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