Nov 1 - Nov 2, 2014
5th Annual Fiber Festival of New England
at Eastern States Exposition, Mallary Complex, West Springfield, MA
One Day Workshops in Natural Dyeing
Held at Long Ridge Farm
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5th Annual Fiber Festival of New England Nov 1 - Nov 2 ~ Eastern States Exposition, Mallary Complex, West Springfield, MA www.fiberfestival.org Booth 487/488 East
Nancy Zeller of Long Ridge Farm is celebrating fourteen 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. Nancy received a BA in Art from UNH at Keene, NH 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. Nancy 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. Nancy has also studied with Michele Wipplinger, owner of Earthues, Seattle, WA, Gasali Adeyemo, Nigerian Indigo and Adire Master. In April 2011 she attended ISEND 2011, the International Symposium and Exposition on Natural Dyes in La Rochelle, France. In 2012 Nancy traveled to Australia to study with India Flint. In June 2013 she traveled to Rwanda, Africa, on a humanitarian project, to assist a group of 35 Rwandan woman expand their color line of handspun, naturally dyed yarns. In May 2015 she returned to Rwanda to continue work under Rwanda~one4one. In 2015 Nancy will be working on a dye plant research project through INES-Ruhengeri University, Rwanda. You can read more about Nancy’s work in Rwanda under the Journals tab above, Rwanda~one4one. Long Ridge Farm is host to natural dyeing workshops with internationally known artists each summer. Nancy teaches natural dyeing by request throughout the country and at Long Ridge Farm, produces and naturally dyes her own line of fibers and textiles, has customed dyed for Green Mountain Spinnery and other individual requests. You can visit Nancy at shows (See Events tab) or by visiting her studio at Long Ridge Farm.
Dorothy Caldwell is a Canadian textile artist. She graduated from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and she maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research in Japan, India, and Australia on textile traditions and her interest in developing the textile field extends from co-founding the Canadian Surface Design Organization, to teaching, jurying, and curating exhibitions. Her work is represented in national and international collections including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Canadian Museum of Civilization, and Museum of Fine Arts Boston. It has been featured in American Craft, Fiberarts Magazine, Surface Design Journal, and the book The Surface Designers Art. She was the recipient of the prestigious Bronfman Award given to one Canadian artist each year.
Michel Garcia is a French national born in Morocco. He was nineteen when he first discovered natural dyes. Since then he has followed his love of both plants and pigments. In 1998 he formed the association Couleur Garance (Madder Colour). The association hoped to connect young ecologically sensitive artisans with the substantial expertise of an older generation of dyers. Under his direction, Couleur Garance produced over twenty monographs on natural dyes and dye plants. In 2002 Michel founded the Botanical Garden of Dye Plants at the Château de Lauris. In 2003 an international forum and market for natural dyes was added. A year later a resource center was established. In 2006 Michel handed over leadership of Couleur Garance so that he could further pursue his interest in colour and dye techniques. He has published three titles on natural dyes showing the range of shades available and how to obtain them as well as three DVDs in partnership with Yoshiko Wada on the topics of natural dyeing. Michel teaches and advises internationally on natural colours and dyes. He will be traveling from France for these workshops at Long Ridge Farm.
Fabulous instructors that have taught at the farm across the years:
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