Knitted Felt Works - Aya Matsunaga

Knitted Felt Works - Aya Matsunaga

On October 1 Aya Matsunaga delivered her lecture to an intimate and receptive audience. Aya talked about her development as an artist and the formative influence of working for fashion designers such as Benetton while she was living in Treviso, Italy. While studying in the United Kingdom at Nottingham Trent Aya realized the potential of knitting machines as a preliminary step toward the creation of her own handmade textile techniques.

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Field Notes in the Colour Garden pt 1 — Michel Garcia

Field Notes in the Colour Garden pt 1 — Michel Garcia

When leading natural dye expert Michel Garcia goes into a garden, what does he see? He sees botanical strategies for survival that often give new insights into dye procedures and methods.

A tireless investigator of the plant kingdom with a chemist’s insight, Michel returns this year to give what has become one of the hottest tickets of the symposium—his biennial lecture. This year he shares recent discoveries from his natural dye studies, delivered with his trademark wit and humour.

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Stone Diaries and Quilted Lines — Barbara Todd

Stone Diaries and Quilted Lines — Barbara Todd

Is it possible to be passionate about pattern and colour and texture and complexity, and yet make simple, even austere, quilts? Barbara Todd’s lecture will follow the evolution of her practice, showing how she has transformed her many and disparate sources of inspiration into coherent bodies of work. Her sources range from a child’s drawing to a stone carving from 2,500 B.C.; from a poem by Nelly Sachs to yesterday’s phone conversation; from a meticulously detailed 18th century marriage quilt to casual snap-shots. Her media are also wide ranging—from woolen fabric to cut wood, steel, and glass.

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Bleu de Lectoure

Bleu de Lectoure

Inspired by both the colour and the plant, the Lamberts created Bleu de Lectoure in 1994. Soon their lives were given up to woad. It took more than two years working with chemists from the University of Toulouse to uncover the original fermentation, extraction, and dyeing processes. In an antiques store one day, fate helped them out. They stumbled upon a notebook that belonged to Napoleon’s chemist.

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