Events





Date/Time Event Instructor
May 10 - May 11, 2014
All Day
38th Annual NH Sheep and Wool Festival
at Deerfield Fairgrounds, NH
Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Human Marks
at Long Ridge Farm
Dorothy Caldwell
Aug 6 - Aug 7, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Indigo ~ The Organic Vat
at Long Ridge Farm
Michel Garcia
Aug 8 - Aug 10, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Ecological Dye Pot
at Long Ridge Farm
Michel Garcia
Aug 11 - Aug 12, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Indigo ~ The Organic Vat
at Long Ridge Farm
Michel Garcia
Oct 11 - Oct 12, 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
3rd Annual River Valley Artisan Tour ~ visit Long Ridge Farm
at Long Ridge Farm
Oct 18 - Oct 19, 2014
All Day
Rhinebeck ~ NY Sheep and Wool Festival
at Duchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
Nov 1 - Nov 2, 2014
All Day
5th Annual Fiber Festival of New England
at Eastern States Exposition, Mallary Complex, West Springfield, MA

Workshops

Human Marks

with Dorothy Caldwell
Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2014 – 5 day(s)

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The marks we make record time and human energy. Working with paper and cloth this workshop will examine different kinds of marks including stitching, resist and batik, discharge, drawn and painted marks and more unconventional marks such as burning, piercing, and mending. Each of these will address a different aspect of physical movement and gesture that through time and repetition evolve into richly activated surfaces. Simple bookbinding techniques will be demonstrated for constructing book forms and participants will be able to expand on workshop experiments applying them to their own materials and imagery.

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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.

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$715 class fee, plus $45 materials fee

Indigo ~ The Organic Vat

with Michel Garcia
Aug 6 - Aug 7, 2014 – 2 day(s)

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Using fresh leaf Persicaria tinctoria and woad, grown fresh this season at Long Ridge Farm, various methods will be presented to achieve different qualities of paste indigo and powdered pigment. Michel will teach how to master the quirks of a live organic vat. He will teach his 1-2-3 indigo vat using only organic substances such as henna and fruits as reagents. Each student will master quick, ecological vats for themselves using fabrics and fibers. There will also be a very large indigo vat which Michel will instruct how to create and manage for months to come if desired. Students are encouraged to bring an article of clothing or cloth to dye in this vat.

Materials list will be supplied upon registration.

joan-morris
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.

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$330 class fee plus $45 materials fee

The Ecological Dye Pot

with Michel Garcia
Aug 8 - Aug 10, 2014 – 3 day(s)

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Michel brings a solid background in botany and chemistry to his teaching. He prefers to teach fresh ideas using natural dyes and this three day class will fulfill that promise. Using only bio-regional mordants, such as Symplocos dried leaf, and tannins we will learn alternative ecological dye processes. Instead of using the traditional alum, we will develop several processes, allowing us to save time, energy, or to get new original shades from our favorite dye-plants.

1- Co-pigmentation: First of all, we will work on a “one-bath process on protein fibers. By mixing several substances from plants, such as tannins, organic acids, together with the dyestuffs, we will dye with no need of pretreatment ( called mordant). The so obtained shades from the “one-bath process” are very useful as well as for dyeing wool for felt. They can be sometimes original, and they will bring some new possibilities to your studio.

2- Eco-mordents: Some plants, living in very acidic soils, do accumulate minerals from the soil in their leaves. The Symplocos is one of the most popular and amazing bio-accumulator of Aluminum. We can use it as it was done traditionally, instead of mineral Alum , to prepare the wool and silk before dyeing with your favorite dye-plants. The Symplocos pre-treatment of the fibers will give you very original shades, such as the “logwood blue”, or some direct green shades, from mixes of logwood and weld or others.

3-We will make extracts from plant and raw insect dyes, print the previous preparations, on wool , silk, and cotton, with the help of silk screens, by drying and steaming the so-printed pieces, to achieve a creative range of shades.

Materials list will be supplied upon registration.

joan-morris
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.

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$465 class fee plus $45 materials fee

Indigo ~ The Organic Vat

with Michel Garcia
Aug 11 - Aug 12, 2014 – 2 day(s)

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Using fresh leaf Persicaria tinctoria and woad, grown fresh this season at Long Ridge Farm, various methods will be presented to achieve different qualities of paste indigo and powdered pigment. Michel will teach how to master the quirks of a live organic vat. He will teach his 1-2-3 indigo vat using only organic substances such as henna and fruits as reagents. Each student will master quick, ecological vats for themselves using fabrics and fibers. There will also be a very large indigo vat which Michel will instruct how to create and manage for months to come if desired. Students are encouraged to bring an article of clothing or cloth to dye in this vat.

Materials list will be supplied upon registration.

joan-morris
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.

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$330 class fee plus $45 materials fee

One Day Workshops in Natural Dyeing

Held at Long Ridge Farm


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Shows and Events

38th Annual NH Sheep and Wool Festival May 10 - May 11 ~ Deerfield Fairgrounds, NH www.nhswga.org Building A

3rd Annual River Valley Artisan Tour ~ visit Long Ridge Farm Oct 11 - Oct 12 ~ Long Ridge Farm www.rivervalleyartisans.com

Rhinebeck ~ NY Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 18 - Oct 19 ~ Duchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY www.sheepandwool.com Building A booth 36

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

Instructors:
nancy-zeller

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 and has studied extensively with Michele Wipplinger, owner of Earthues, Seattle, WA. 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. You can read more about Nancy’s relationship with the project under the Journals tab ~ Colors for Rwanda. 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 fiber shows through the year in the Northeast or by visiting her studio at Long Ridge Farm.


joan-morris

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.


joan-morris

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:

Michele Wipplinger

India Flint

Joan Morris

Velma Bolyard


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