Upcoming Events

Slow Fiber Studios events offer a platform for international scholars, artists and artisans to exchange knowledge and showcase their creativity and technical ingenuity.

2017 EVENT SERIES
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Slow Fiber Studios’ 2017 event series Algorithmic Aesthetic will explore relationships between art, music, mathematics, and language by following threads of Islamic cultural heritage, weaving between the ancient and the contemporary, tradition and innovation.

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Late AUGUST to Early SEPTEMBER

Visiting Specialist: Michel Garcia

Michel Garcia is a world-renowned botanist, chemist, naturalist, and natural dye expert. He is the founder of Couleur Garance (1998) in Lauris, France, and established Le Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinctoriales (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants) in 2000 as a horticultural resource for chemists, natural dye researchers, and botanists. He has been instrumental in revitalizing the natural dye practice in France and abroad.

See the Natural Dye Workshop DVD series by Michel, produced by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and Slow Fiber Studios. For more information visit www.naturaldyeworkshop.com.

WORKSHOP

Fundamentals of Sustainable Natural Dyes
Michel Garcia | August 28-31, 2017 | 9:00am – 12:30pm
UC Botanical Garden | 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720

SFS EV17 GARCIA Banner FundamentalsLearn the fundamentals of sustainable natural dyeing including fiber preparation, plant mordants, plant selection, using less dye for greater effect, surface design techniques, and various applications of natural dyes.

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GARDEN WALK

UCBG Tannin Walk
Michel Garcia | August 31, 2017 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
UC Botanical Garden | 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720

SFS EV17 GARCIA Banner Garden WalkJoin Michel Garcia for a walk through the University of California Botanical Garden to learn about tannins and their many applications in situ.

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WORKSHOP

Tannins Intensive
Michel Garcia | September 1-2, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Slow Fiber Studios Annex | 1825 Eighth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Tannins_banners.jpgTake advantage of tannins commonly found in leaves, barks, roots, and fruits to widen your dye palette, improve colorfastness, bond colors to fibers, and apply photosensitive effects and polymerizing qualities.

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LECTURE

Subject: Indigo
Michel Garcia | September 3, 2017 | 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Slow Fiber Studios Office | 696 Hilldale Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708

Potluck Social 4:30pm – 6pm
Presentation 6pm – 8pm

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Michel Garcia will share his knowledge of botany and chemistry to unlock the mysteries of indigo blue, an enduring color throughout human history.

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WORKSHOP

Indigo Intensive
Michel Garcia | September 5-7, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Slow Fiber Studios Annex | 1825 Eighth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

SFS EV17 GARCIA Banner Indigo_small.jpgUsing fresh leaf indigo grown in Berkeley, this extensive workshop will cover several different reduction vat methods, including fructose, henna, and ferrous vats.

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COLLOQUIUM

The Botany and Chemistry of Natural Dyes
Michel Garcia + Dr. Vanessa Handley + Dr. Margareta Sequin
September 8, 2017 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
UC Botanical Garden | 
200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720

Morning coffee will be served at 9:00am. Bring a brown bag lunch and stay for a picnic and informal discussion in the Botanical Garden following the program. 

Join natural dye specialist from France Michel Garcia, UCBG Director of Collections and Research Dr. Vanessa Handley, and SFSU Chemistry and Biochemistry professor emeritus Dr. Margareta Séquin for a deep dive into the subject of natural dyes.

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December

Visiting Artist: Phil Webster

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Phil Webster is a Santa Cruz-based artist trained in mathematics and cognitive science at MIT. His work, often employing contemporary technologies such as 3D-printing, laser-cutting, and dye sublimation, addresses the intersection of mathematical form and pattern with ancient design tradition.

Source: Exhibition Catalog, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired By Traditional Islamic Art

ALGORITHMIC AESTHETIC – CONVERSATION

Subject: Fractal Islamic patterns, and printing & laser cutting as artistic tools
Phil Webster |Date: December 2, 2017 Saturday
Event details TBA

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