Welcome to the Spring 2009 edition of the Turkey Red Journal. We have much to share with you in this issue. First of all, The Mountain and Valley Wool Association (MAVWA) is sponsoring a natural color conference in Taos, New Mexico, this September 26-28, 2009. I will be presenting at this conference, so I hope to meet many of readers of the Turkey Red Journal there. Liesel Orend has written a short article about the conference, which includes links for more information. Also in this issue are reviews of two other conferences: Patricia Martin attended the International Symposium and Exhibition on Natural Dyes (ISEND), in Daegu, Korea, this past September and Michelle Ramirez has written about the International Shibori Symposium held in Paris, France, this past November.
Rachel Freeman, a paper conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago, has written a book review of The Colourful Past: Origins, Chemistry and Identification of Natural Dyestuffs, by Judith H. Hofenk de Graaff. Patricia MacIndoe has shared her experiences with natural dyes in her article "A Scottish Colour Kitchen." And, Judith Musick, an artist and the TRJ's copy editor, has written a personal statement on older artists reengaging in the creative process after a long hiatus. The gallery sections features the work of Diana Maher, a quilter and former student, and Patricia MacIndoe.
In the upper left hand corner of this page is a picture of Ruth Cadoret's knitted hat, which was dyed with fresh indigo. Ruth was the co-author of the article "Fresh-Leaf Indigo Dyeing," found in Volume 13, Issue 2. Ruth is light-testing the fresh indigo by wearing the hat all winter in Madison, Wisconsin. We will keep you posted on the results.
Lastly, we would like to send out a special message to all our Australian dyers, who lives have been drastically changed by the heat and fires in their area. In a recent newsletter, Pamela Borchardt shared some of their stories. We ask them to please let us know if we—the TRJ and its readers—can help in any way.
Articles, artwork, exhibit notices and reviews for the next issue of the TRJ will be due June 1, 2009. We are interested in featuring dyers from around the world. Don't hesitate to submit your ideas. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Back issues of the print version of the TRJ are still available for purchase. Contact me directly for further information. Please keep sending in your thoughts and suggestions. We appreciate all your comments.
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A special thanks to Judith Musick, the TRJ copy editor and to Bob Feldman, our webmaster for all their hard work.Pamela Feldman
Editor and Publisher