Volume 15 Issue 2 A Journal Dedicated to Natural Dyes Spring 2010
<i>Traces in Time</i>, cut-out on rice paper
Traces in Time.
Indigo, sumi ink, silk, stitching with indigo dyed thread, shibori,
cut-out on rice paper.
Photograph Copyright by
Akemi Nakano Cohn


Upcoming Natural Dye Conferences

We are pleased to pass along the following information on five upcoming conferences that feature natural dyes:

    •  14th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium, Gysinge, Sweden, September 6-12, 2010.
    •  Earth's Palette—Natural Dye and Color Conference, Taos, NM, September 27-28, 2010.
    •  Textiles and Settlement: Plains Space to Cyber Space, Lincoln, NE, October 6-9, 2010.
    •  Tinkuy de Tejedores (A Gathering of Weavers), Cuzco, Peru, November 5-6, 2010.
    •  International Symposium and Exhibition on Natural Dyes, ISEND 2011 EUROPE, La Rochelle, France, April 24-30, 2011.

14th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium 2010

IFFS Logo The 14th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium takes place in Gysinge, Sweden, September 6-12, 2010. Gysinge, a traditional 17th century ironworks village, is located about 75 km north of Uppsala, on the Dalaelven River. The Dalaelven River divides Sweden laterally about one third of the way up, flowing eastwards from the mountains to the Baltic, marking the northern border for wild oak trees. Gysinge utilized waterpower from the Dalaelven River, which explains the picturesque placement of buildings along this big river.

We urge attendees to register as soon as possible for the symposium. We already have attendees registered from Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Scotland, England, USA, Canada and Australia. The symposium fee, 1,500 sek, is to be paid before July, 30, 2010. Attendees need to make their own room reservations. On our website, http://www.ifff2010.eu, we will publish information as soon as we have news to tell. There you find a registration form, workshop list and workshop application form. A list of speakers will be published later on. You can sign up for our newsletter to get updates on plans by sending an e-mail to monica.svensson@svamping.se.

Workshops include mushroom dyeing with polypores, gilled mushrooms and hedgehog mushrooms, Bankeraceae. We encourage experimentation and our goal is to achieve a broad spectrum with as many colors as possible. We will try out several kinds of techniques to dye yarn and silk, paint and print with mushroom pigments and make paper from mushrooms. There will be mushroom excursions and a lot more activities.

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Earth's Palette—Natural Dye and Color Conference

Taos Logo Earth's Palette—Natural Dye and Color Conference is once again convening in Taos, NM on September 27-28, 2010. We will spend two wonderful days celebrating the use of the many materials, pigments and chemical reactions available to us naturally from our Earth to enhance our fiber.

If you are arriving prior to the conference consider attending our pre-conference activities on Sunday September 26th. Visit the Millicent Rogers Museum to see a wonderful collection of Southwestern textiles representing an historical. Take a Gallery walk to view works by our local and guest fiber artists. If you are new to natural dyeing take an introductory course or go for a nature walk to learn and harvest local dye material.

The conference is scheduled from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day at the Sagebrush Inn Conference Center in Taos, NM. A special hotel room rate is available for conference attendees.

Our presenters join us from around the country to share their knowledge, stories and passion for enhancing fiber: Pamela Feldman, Andrea Heckman, Kimberly Baxter Packwood, Dorothy Beebee, Ric Rao and many more. This year, the participants of the conference play an important role. We are scheduling a "poster session" for all of you to show off your work with natural dyes and colors, so plan ahead (details available soon).

In addition to the conference, there are three days of natural dye workshops following covering a wide range of topics. Registration will be available online and through the mail. More details available soon at http://www.taoswoolfestival.org or by calling Ruth Baldwin, Earth's Palette Coordinator at 505-453-2277 or by email at thenaturaltwist@me.com.

Textiles and Settlement: Plains Space to Cyber Space

The Textile Society of America, will hold its Biennial Symposium "Textiles and Settlement: Plains Space to Cyber Space," in Lincoln Nebraska from October 6-9, 2010, A special feature of the symposium will be sessions and workshops on dyes and colors.

This opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from The Reed Foundation, New York. The grant was awarded to fund two programs related to the subject of dyes and colors: a pre-conference workshop on Natural Dyes and a two-part panel conference session entitled Dyes and Colors: Materials and Culture. The workshop will be lead by Dominique Cardon and Elena Phipps. Dominique Cardon, renowned French scholar, is the author of numerous publications on the subject of dyes, dye history and technology including her most recent book Natural Dyes, Sources, Tradition , Technology and Science (Archetype Publications, London, 2007), a monumental and comprehensive study. Elena Phipps (Director-at-large, TSA) has worked with dyes and dye analysis for many years at the Metropolitan Museum, and her book, Cochineal Red, the Art History of a Color (Metropolitan Museum and Yale University Press) was just published.

The pre-conference workshop will explore the many dyestuffs that can be used to create colors, particularly reds and purples, and methods to modify and adjust shades and hues in the dyeing process. Participants will get hands-on experience in methods of use of some more commonly known dyestuffs—madder and cochineal among others—as well as some lesser known with more complex dyeing recipes, such as safflower and orchil. Historical perspectives on working with natural dyes, using mordants, dyebath modifiers and a number of extraction methods will also be emphasized. The production of red and purple colors used historically will be discussed with a scientific as well as a craft approach. Each participant will create a portfolio of reference samples using laboratory, experimentally oriented dyeing. This workshop is intended for both the art historian/museum curators and conservators who can gain first-hand experience in the production of color with natural dyes that can help them understand ancient and historic textiles, as well as the artists/craftspeople and can expand their understanding of processes to create a broad range of dyed colors.

During the conference, the two-part panel session, organized by Elena Phipps, will bring together an unprecedented number of international dye specialists, historians and master dyers who will present a range of topics. The presenters will include Sachio Yoshioka, master dyer from Japan, Feng Zhao, textile scholar from China, Bina Rao, textile artist and producer from India, Jenny Balfour-Paul, indigo scholar from England, Eric Chávez Santiago and Hector Manuel Meneses Lozano from the Museo Textil, Oaxaca, Mexico and Susan Heald and Christina Cole, conservators and scientists from the US

Further information about the workshop and conference registration will be available on the TSA website, http://www.textilesociety.org.

Tinkuy de Tejedores (A Gathering of Weavers)

The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) invites you to participate in a tinkuy, or coming together, of weavers and spinners in the Sacred Valley of the Peruvian Highlands near Cusco on November 5-6. Two days of presentations will be followed by optional hands-on workshops on November 7-8. A tour that includes the tinkuy, the workshops, and visits to weaving villages and archaeological sites will also be available.

The purpose of the tinkuy is to broaden horizons, deepen understandings, and forge connections among people who are passionate about textiles. Weavers from nine communities associated with CTTC, and weavers from several other countries of the Americas, will share traditions and techniques, and with all those who value the art and craft of weaving and spinning. In addition to presentations by the local and visiting weaving communities, there will be illustrated talks by specialists on themes of common interest: fibers, natural dyes, historic textiles, and international projects that support weavers.

Workshops in traditional Andean techniques of backstrap weaving, tubular ribetes (edgings), chullo (hat) knitting, and natural dyeing will be offered for English- and Spanish-speaking guests on November 7th and 8th. The workshops will be led by a bi-lingual person, assisted by the weavers of Chinchero.

To receive more information on individual registration and on the tour package, send your e-mail address to tinkuy@textilescusco.org. As soon as the information packet is complete, it will be sent to you.

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ISEND Logo The International Symposium and Exhibition on Natural Dyes, ISEND 2011 EUROPE, will take place in La Rochelle, France, April 24-30, 2011.
By bringing together people from many different backgrounds, each contributing complementary experiences, it is the aim of ISEND 2011 Europe to provide a genuine platform for discussing the crucial issues facing the cultural and economic revival of natural dyes and colorants and to present examples of the contribution they already make to a "greener" world.

This International Symposium and Exhibition on Natural Dyes will last for six days, and will feature lectures, posters, films, dyeing demonstrations, a market of natural dyes and pigments and products using them, a fashion show, two special exhibitions (at the Aquarium and at the Museum of Natural History). There will also be field excursions to visit farmers growing dye plants, to the CRITT laboratory, and to meet the local species of purple-producing muricids along the sea-shore.

You will find an application form on the symposium website, at http://www.isend2011.com.

Organizing Committee: Dr. Dominique Cardon, Directrice de Recherche CNRS and Mrs. Anne de la Sayette, Directrice CRITT Horticole.