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John Marshall - Internationally Acclaimed Fiber Artist

Sacramento Weavers and Spinners Guild is partnering with Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts to present an exciting six days with John Marshall, internationally acclaimed fiber artist specializing in the traditional Japanese techniques of katazome (stencil dyeing) and tsutsugaki (cone drawing).  The presentation and workshops are being held at Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento, CA.

Presentation and Trunk Show
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Morning Program -- Pigments throughout the Ages:  Pigment use has been associated with humankind since the earliest times. Join John in a lively presentation tracing this history from the millennia old excavation sites of South Africa to the colorful and whimsical bingata pieces produced in modern day Japan.  Admission is $3, or free to SCTA and SWSG members.

Afternoon Program -- Trunk Show and Questions Answered:  Bring your pennies to spend on silk yarns or perhaps a new silk wrap. Enjoy firsthand the works of John Marshall, ask him questions about techniques and uses, and go home with a souvenir!  Admission is free.

Natural Dyes Workshop
Wednesday and Thursday, January 29 & 30, 2014
Down and Dirty, Working with Natural Dye: The accepted definition of “natural dye” in the West refers mainly to plant sources (insects and a few other animals) and most often the dyes are vat boiled into the fiber to be colored.  Boiling can destroy the luster of silk, vats can be cumbersome, and vats leave one with the dilemma of how to dispose of the left over mordants.

The answer: DIRT! Dirt (that is to say, minerals) is applied much as watercolors.  With a limitless range of colorful pigments available in nature, rich tones may be applied to create translucent moods highlighting the luster of the fiber, or they may be used to matte out areas to create contrast between the lustrous and the opaque.

Pigments need not be limited to rusts and earth-found materials. They may easily be manufactured from vegetable as well as animal sources. When properly applied, all the dye is completely consumed, eliminating the pollution potential of careless dumping of dye pots.
This course covers thoroughly the use of pigments, as well as how to make one’s own.

Two day workshop: $100 for SWSG and SCTA members, $125 for non-members ($75 for members, $100 for non —members if registered by January 4, 2014),plus $50 materials fee.

Clothing Design Workshop
Friday - Sunday, January 31 - February 2, 2014
Beginning with a survey of Japanese classical design – simple, timeless shapes – we cover a wide range of creative concepts:  how to maximize design while minimizing waste in fabrics; how to make easy to wear, comfortable fitting clothing, and how to design fashions to create the most impact on the market place.

All of this is done through analyzing the simple common denominators of what is known as “ethnic” clothing.  We take a close look at classical Japanese, Chinese, South American, African and Middle Eastern drape to arrive at simple design basics for a modern Western life style.

Next, John will introduce the concepts behind his own unique designs, followed by one-on-one work with class members.  You will be able to create simple, basic templates for your own creations, and leave with a large assortment of designs.  Ideal for artists, designers, weavers, knitters and anyone interested in a new surge of ideas and inspiration.

Three day workshop: $150 for SCTA and SWSG members. $175 for non-members ($125 for members, $150 for non-members, if registered by January 4, 2014), plus a $20 materials fee.