One Day Workshops in Natural Dyeing
Held at Long Ridge Farm
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Sandra Brownleeis an artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she pursues her ongoing interests in weaving, tactile notebook keeping, and teaching. She has exhibited her work extensively throughout North America in both solo and group exhibitions since the late 1970’s. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto, GGVMA Award exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, and Innovators and Legends, Generations in Textiles and Fibers, organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art. Sandra Brownlee has earned her MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has received numerous awards including the 2014 Governor General Visual and Media Arts Saidye Bronfman Award, a Canada Council B Grant, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Sandra has taught her Tactile Notebook & the Written Word workshop at many venues including Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Shakerag Workshop, Maiwa Textile Symposium, Long Ridge Farm, Big Cat Textiles, Committed to Cloth, and the Contemporary Textiles Studio (Toronto).
Lorie McCownis an American artist, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, from California State University, Long Beach, Ca. and attended San Diego State University’s Graduate Art program. She was formally trained in drawing, painting, and art history. She has made art all her life, mainly in the fields of drawing, painting, paper, textile and fiber, and infuses her work with spiritual and biblical meanings. Her pieces are in private collections and public galleries nationally and internationally. Her work has been juried into local, national and international shows, including Quilt National, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Mid-Atlantic New Painting. Lorie’s art work has been featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine, Quilting Arts Magazine, Surface Design Magazine, Fiber Art Now Magazine and Artist’s Portfolio Magazine. She has work included in the permanent collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah Kentucky. She teaches workshops and classes nationally in painting, mixed media and fiber arts. She’s taught at Art Quilt Tahoe, Quilting by the Lake, Gathering of Artisans, PB Artist’s Open Studios and many other venues.
Nancy Zeller of Long Ridge Farm is celebrating nearly twenty years of raising sheep and particularly the most rare and endangered Romeldale/CVM. Long Ridge Farm has won numerous prize ribbons for raw fleeces, is recognized nationally for their involvement with Romeldale/CVM sheep. Nancy 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. 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 also studied with Michele Wipplinger, Founder of Earthues, and Gasali Adeyemo, Nigerian Indigo and Adire Master. In April 2011 Nancy 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 Nancy 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 Nancy completed a dye plant research project through INES-Ruhengeri University, Rwanda. She is the Founder of Rwanda-one4one a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. You can read more about Nancy’s work in Rwanda under the Rwanda tab above. Long Ridge Farm is host to natural dyeing workshops with internationally known artists each summer. Nancy 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:
Clare Walker Leslie
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