Events





Date/Time Event Instructor
Aug 9 - Aug 12, 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Drawing Nature Around You: A Nature Journaling Workshop
atLong Ridge Farm
Clare Walker Leslie
Aug 16 - Aug 18, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Traditional Yoruba Batik Using Indigo and Multiple Colors
atLong Ridge Farm
Gasali Adeyemo
Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2018
All Day
Rhinebeck ~ NY Sheep and Wool Festival
atDutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
Nov 3 - Nov 4, 2018
All Day
7th Annual Fiber Festival of New England
atEastern States Exposition, Mallary Complex, West Springfield, MA

Workshops

Drawing Nature Around You: A Nature Journaling Workshop

with Clare Walker Leslie
Aug 9 - Aug 12, 2018 – 4 day(s)
9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day.

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CWL-flowers

Join Clare Walker Leslie at Long Ridge Farm for Drawing Nature Around You. This is your opportunity to enjoy learning some very basic ways for drawing nature on the farm as well as around where you live, when you return home. No previous drawing or nature study experience necessary. You will have plenty of time to go at your own pace as well as time for quiet being with nature as we combine Meditation with Drawing as part of every day. Days will include morning sessions with Clare, learning to draw plants and trees, birds and animals, landscapes and beginning a Seasonal Nature Journal, as well as a number of color techniques. Afternoons will be spent around the farm practicing Clare’s techniques through live observation. Each day will conclude with a short review and discussion. Clare Walker Leslie is a professional nature artist, educator, author, illustrator and has taught in many places and with many ages across the country for over forty years. She has written twelve books on studying and drawing nature. Clare lives in both Cambridge, MA and Granville, VT with her family. For more information, do go to: www.clarewalkerleslie.com
Instructor will provide the list of materials for students to bring to class upon registration.

CWL journal

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$495

Traditional Yoruba Batik Using Indigo and Multiple Colors

with Gasali Adeyemo
Aug 16 - Aug 18, 2018 – 3 day(s)
9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day.

Please join Gasali Adeyemo for three days of learning the techniques of batik, as he has been trained in Nigeria. Gasali generously shares his knowledge and culture, and you will come away from the workshop ready to continue in batik techniques on your own.

In Gasali’s words:
Batik is the process of creating designs using wax. The name that we call batik in the Yoruba tribe is adire alabela, which means wax resist. I believe that batik is the way of creating so many beautiful colors. The wax can be applied to the fabric using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber. In my culture we primarily use foam rubber to apply the design to the fabric free hand.

Traditionally in Nigeria the dye used for batik fabrics is a dye called Jaman dyes, which are dyes for color. Indigo is currently the most common dye used.
The primary dye I use in my workshops is indigo. Indigo has been used as a dye in Africa for at least 2000 years. The Yoruba name for indigo is “elu”. Since the olden days indigo has been used for medicine as well as a dye; it cures an upset stomach. Indigo is also used to ward off viruses; houses are painted with indigo to prevent the sickness from entering.

Indigo is an organic substance, it comes from the indigo plant which grows wild in Nigeria. During the beginning of the rainy season the leaves are harvested and then dried. After they have dried they are formed into little balls which are then used to prepare the dye.

Instructor will provide supply list for students to bring.

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$495

One Day Workshops in Natural Dyeing

Held at Long Ridge Farm


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Shows and Events

Rhinebeck ~ NY Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 20 - Oct 21 2018 ~ Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY www.sheepandwool.com Building A booth 36 & 37

7th Annual Fiber Festival of New England Nov 3 - Nov 4 2018 ~ Eastern States Exposition, Mallary Complex, West Springfield, MA www.fiberfestival.org Booth 487/488 East

Instructors:

Clare Walker Leslie

Clare Walker Leslie is a professional nature artist, educator, author, illustrator and has taught in many places and with many ages across the country for over forty years. She has written twelve books on studying and drawing nature. Clare lives in both Cambridge, MA and Granville, VT with her family. For more information, do go to: www.clarewalkerleslie.com


Gasali Adeyemo

Gasali Adeyemo: I am the third born of five from a small rural village, Ofatedo, located in Osun State Nigeria. My mother is a trader and my father, a farmer. Although my family was rich in spirit and culture, we were poor in capital and I sponsored my own education throughout my years at St. George Elementary and Ido Osun High School.

From a Very young age, I realized my artistic potential and I would attend social gatherings, such as weddings, naming and burial ceremonies, and other cultural parties offering to sketch portraits of the guest, for a small donation. My sketching career combined with long, hard days working on the village farms provided adequate income to successfully complete my academic education through high school.

At this point, my attention turned to improving upon my artistic potential. I discovered the Nike Center for Arts and Culture in 1990, where I remained for a total of six years. The first two years of my experience at the Nike Center was spent mastering the arts of batik painting on fabric, indigo dyeing, quilt making, embroidery, appliqué, and batik painting on rice paper. During the following four years, I spent long days teaching these skills to incoming students at the Nike Center.

Eventually, the popularity of the Nike Center grew and hundreds of people came to Osogbo, Nigeria from all over the world to study and enrich their knowledge and understanding of the arts and culture of the Yoruba people. I spent much of my time conducting workshops and training these people in the crafts of my culture.

In 1995, my long years of service and dedication to the Nike Center paid off, and my artwork was exhibited in Bayreuth, Germany alongside the work of five other artists from Nigeria. My work made quite an impact, and many people traveled to Osogbo looking for the artist named Gasali. People who were exposed to my work later commissioned me to do quilt work and other pieces and my artistic career truly began to bloom.

In 1996, the opportunity arose to travel outside of Nigeria for the first time in my life. A woman named Karen came to Osogbo, Nigeria through an exchange program from America. We met and did workshops together. Impressed with my work, she invited me to come to the University of Iowa to do a series of exhibitions and workshops. Once there, the Octagon Gallery in Ames, Iowa took notice of my work and offered to exhibit it. I was also invited to work with a group of teenagers doing storytelling and art workshops to share with them the traditions of my own Yoruba culture.

These experiences in Iowa opened the door to greater opportunities. I have traveled the world conducting more workshops and exhibitions. My recent workshops include the World Batik Conference, Cross Culture Collaborative Inc., Snow Farm, and Fiber Arts Center. In the future, I plan to continue to travel worldwide, sharing the arts and culture of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. I currently reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Nancy Zeller

Nancy Zeller of Long Ridge Farm is celebrating seventeen years of raising sheep and particularly the most rare and endangered CVM/Romeldale. Long Ridge Farm has won numerous prize ribbons for raw fleeces, is recognized nationally for their involvement with CVM/Romeldales. Zeller received a BA in Art from the University of New Hampshire and has been immersed in natural dyeing since 2005. In 2007 she studied Khiva traditional crafts, in partnership with artisans of Khiva, Uzbekistan and American artisan mentors, focusing on natural dyeing. Zeller studied in France in 2010 with Denise Lambert, owner of Bleu de Pastel de Lectoure, and Michel Garcia, founder of Couleur Garance and of the Botanical Garden of Dye Plants and has also studied with Michele Wipplinger, Founder of Earthues, and Gasali Adeyemo, Nigerian Indigo and Adire Master. In April 2011 Zeller attended ISEND 2011, the International Symposium and Exposition on Natural Dyes in La Rochelle, France. In 2012 she traveled to Australia to study with India Flint. In June 2013 Zeller traveled to Rwanda, Africa, on a humanitarian project, to assist a group of 35 Rwandan women expand their color line of handspun, naturally dyed yarns. In May 2014 she returned to Rwanda to continue work under Rwanda~one4one. In 2015 Zeller completed a dye plant research project through INES-Ruhengeri University, Rwanda. She is the Founder/CEO of Rwanda-one4one a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. You can read more about Zeller’s work in Rwanda under the Rwanda tab above. Long Ridge Farm is host to natural dyeing workshops with internationally known artists each summer. Zeller teaches natural dyeing by request, produces and naturally dyes her own line of fibers and textiles, has custom dyed for Green Mountain Spinnery and including other individual requests. You can visit Nancy at shows (See Events tab) or by visiting her studio at Long Ridge Farm.


Fabulous instructors that have taught at the farm across the years:

Gasali Adeyemo

Dorothy Caldwell

Michel Garcia

India Flint

Joan Morris

Michele Wipplinger

Sandra Brownlee

Velma Bolyard


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