Upcoming events

    • 07 Jul 2019
    • 04 Aug 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 2
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    We will explore the range of color obtained by a few of the dye plants that can be grown or harvested in our region, such as weld, marigold, madder root, and black walnut. We will learn how to dye with these plants, exploring how pH, mordants and over dyeing will shift the color. We will create an elaborate sample book with wool, cotton, and silk. All mordanting will be done prior to class, but I will share the mordant processes used to create the samples.

    Level: All

    Materials fee: $20 for Dyes, fiber sample, etc

    Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180

    Instructor: Melanie Wilder

    • 24 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11


    4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

    Free to all, but please RSVP

    Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    JULY 24

    The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine by Rozsika Parker

    Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for this month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.

    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader - Judi Jetson and/or Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert


    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 8
    Register

    Natural Dye Study Group July

    Printing with Ferrous Acetate July and August meetings

    This month and next we will explore printing with ferrous acetate. We will use a thickened paste of ferrous acetate and print on cotton to achieve a printed image. We will use simple foam stamps which you can make or buy. They will work best if the texture of the stamp is not smooth. Also go for more solid motifs rather than delicate ones. 

    This month we will dye the fabric with indigo and next month we will dye with madder. As usual we will have small samples of fabric to use, if you want to do additional pieces bring your own fabric (cotton or linen) to experiment with. Your fabric does not have to be mordanted for printing or dyeing this month since we are using indigo.

    Thinking ahead to next month it would be a time saver if you bring in mordanted fabric to print this month and then dye in the madder bath in August.

    Please sign up if plan to attend so we can have enough supplies for everyone.

    Hope you can make it!

    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    All things indigo!

    We will revisit stitching in its many forms.

    Bring your cloth and needle and strong thread that cannot be broken easily by hand.

    From growing to processing to dyeing techniques--if it has to do with indigo, we will study it.

    The Indigo Forum can be found here. Consider subscribing to it and posting your questions, answers, work, etc.


    • 02 Aug 2019
    • 03 Aug 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Day 1: The Favorite Sketchbook

    There are sketchbooks and sketchbooks, but this particular lovely book has become my favorite and will be yours too! It opens totally flat, it can be made from easy to fine materials, and best of all, it features a textile cover and you made it! We'll be making a 6" x 6" sketchbook in class with hard covers and 120 pages of multi-media paper. Once you make this book in class, you'll know how to make larger and smaller version with whatever paper you want! You'll learn all the book making basics and then some…paper stuff, gluing, piercing, sewing, all the fabulous bits that go into making a well-made, useful and enjoyable sketchbook/journal. I will bring a tool kit for you to use and all the supplies including some wonderful pieces of fabrics to use on the covers, but you might want to keep your eye open for that special thrift store find, or check your drawers for your favorite saved textile treasures. Light to medium weight, woven cotton type fabrics work the best.

    Day 2: The Perfect Bound Journal

    The perfect binding (glued binding) is one we handle all the time in our daily lives as ordinary paperback books, yet when used in a handmade notebook it becomes extraordinary. We will make a “Perfect Little Notebook” using this quick and marvelous binding technique as well as tea staining the paper sheets (text block) for an antique look and feel, creating the cover from your favorite cotton or rayon fabric and making a closure from small buttons and ribbons.  Once we finish our small ( 5” x 3.75” ) notebook of 64 pages, information will be shared as how to create larger and different shapes for this binding at home.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: $55 for handouts, use of book binding kit, sketch paper, glues, waxed linen, extra fabrics, All supplies needed to make sketchbook

    Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240


    • 10 Aug 2019
    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
    Register
    Students will learn how to shape 4 different styles of shawl: half circle, triangle, sideways triangle and square. They will learn how to input different texture, cable or colorwork patterns into these shapes in order to design their own unique shawl.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: None

    Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180

    Instructor:  Christina Danaee 

    • 11 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
    Register
    Students will learn to use Lanaset (acid) dyes to permanently color commercially woven silk cloth. Immersion (fold, clamp, resist) and surface design (mask, stencil, stamp) techniques will be sampled. Emphasis is on the process rather than a particular product, with an intuitive, nontechnical approach. Information will be shared via discussion and handouts so students may continue to work at home.

    Level: All levels

    Materials Fee:  $40 for Lanaset (acid) dyes, vinegar, sodium alginate, synthrapol, vinyl gloves. A selection of silk fabrics: 2 fat quarters very light weight, at least one fat quarter mid weight, 2 fat quarters noil, 2 scarf blanks. Handouts. Access to Neal's surface design tool/toy box (clamps, stencils, stamps, brushes, etc.)

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Neal Howard

    • 12 Aug 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Register

    Learn the ABCs of safely using the Local Cloth Dye Studio for yourself and for a group. This training session, required to rent the Studio or host an interest group, will show you what resources are available, what materials are included, and the requisite safety equipment.

    Available to members only; no fee, but you must register.

     

    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader - Judi Jetson and/or Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert


    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

    Free to all, but please RSVP

    Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    AUG 28

    The Devil’s Blue Eye: Indigo and Slavery by Jean M. West

    From Calpixqui to Corregidor: Appropriation of Women's Cotton Textile Production in Early Colonial Mexico by Margaret A. Villaneuva

    Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for this month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 12
    Register

    Bring your freshly harvested leaves and learn four simple non-vat techniques using ice water and a blender to get robin's egg blue and lavender on protein fibers and light blue and pink on cellulose with the addition of readily available household chemicals. If time permits, we may make a fructose vat with the strained pulp.

    Level: Beginning; anyone whose mother allows them to use a blender can do this

    Materials fee: $5 for ice, assists, handouts

    Instructor: Eileen Hallman

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120


    • 04 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    Cultures of Use: Invasive Plant Fibers

    Lauren Bacchus

    Plants deemed weeds and/or invasives often carry secret legacies of use with them. By studying ancient and contemporary applications of plants where they are native, we can learn how to bring them into ecological harmony where they are currently vilified. In this talk, we will hear a variety of intriguing stories about two different plants that are both feared and loved: kudzu and paper mulberry. These dynamic plants have complex stories to tell, after experiencing millennia of human use for food, medicine, ritual, and fiber.

    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
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    This is a relatively quick and simple way of making a cloche, beret or flared brim style of felt hat. Students will learn how to manipulate the materials and understand the process. Each student will make a simple hat, with or without embellishments. Different colored fleece will be provided as well as design extras such as mohair, fancy yarns, metallics, etc. Participants are encouraged to bring special yarns or fleece of their own that they may want to use and/or share in their projects.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee: $25 for Different colored fleece as well as design extras such as mohair, fancy yarns, metallics, etc

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Vasanto

    • 08 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 09 Sep 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Weaving can be small, portable and uncomplicated while remaining creative, challenging and lots of fun. Susan brings decades of weaving skills to these small loom projects that can become as large as the weaver can imagine. From tiny amulet purses to snuggly throws for your couch, there is no limit to the results of weavings done on these small looms. Textures, colors and weave structures will all be studied in this class. Whether you have no experience and would like to try weaving on a small scale as an introduction, or whether you have been weaving on a large loom for years and now have reasons for scaling down, this class will offer many types of looms and techniques for you to consider. From cardboard, to pot holders, to pin looms and bands, this class will challenge you to use your imagination and hopefully see weaving from a different angle.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: $20 for all looms and all yarns

    Instructor: Susan Morgan Leveille

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240


    • 09 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Register

    Learn the ABCs of safely using the Local Cloth Dye Studio for yourself and for a group. This training session, required to rent the Studio or host an interest group, will show you what resources are available, what materials are included, and the requisite safety equipment.

    Available to members only; no fee, but you must register.

     

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 16 Sep 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 25
    Register
    Materials made from the bast fiber of the paper mulberry plant (broussonetia papyrifera) are known by many names: tapa, wauke, kozo, dak, saeh, aka, malaing, gul-toot, hiapo, kapa, dualang, washi, hanji, and many others. Originally from the Asian Pacific region, paper mulberry has been transported by humans and animals so that it now is present and continues to spread in each continent, except Antarctica. The plant has a voracious system of roots that can quickly overtake native species, degrade soil quality, and cause erosion. However, in parts of the world where the plant has a legacy of a culture of use, there is not a problem with it spreading because people recognize the value of it, and it is kept in ecological balance through use. Paper mulberry has been used for millennia as clothing, spiritual material, currency, rope, paper, scripts, sculpture, wall paper, bags, contemporary art, and more. In this hands-on, two-day workshop we will survey the diverse historic and contemporary uses of paper mulberry, how to identify the plant in the wild, responsible harvesting practices, and various processing methods. Starting with the raw plant, participants will learn how to process the bast fiber to achieve a variety of effects. Each participant will form a sheet of paper from pulp and a swath of bark cloth or lace to take home.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee:

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor:  Lauren Bacchus

    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 22
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    Members of the Kudzu Cooperative and Local Cloth are excited to facilitate a workshop that explores the ancient processes of harvesting, cooking, retting, and rinsing kudzu vine fiber. This lustrous, dynamic fiber has been used for thousands of years in various parts of Asia to make rope, cloth, and paper. Kudzu is so abundant in our bioregion, and the Kudzu Collective is committed to promoting this culture of use. Join us in exploring the vast story kudzu has to tell us, and bring your ideas of how its fibers can be used for fiber art! Instructors from the Kudzu Cooperative, will guide workshop participants in hands-on kudzu vine processing throughout the morning. We will begin the day harvesting in a nearby urban kudzu patch, and then work together to rinse already retted fiber (retted means “rotted,” so prepare for a stink!). Wear clothes that you don't mind getting wet and a little messy. During lunchtime we will hear the story of kudzu, an intriguing tale of many layers, and introduce the group to the culinary and medicinal benefits of kudzu root starch, another valuable coproduct of this useful plant. Throughout the afternoon, we will then work with processed kudzu fibers to explore how the fiber responds to various manipulations. A small skein of pre-processed fiber will be provided for participants to experiment with spinning and weaving. Feel free to bring a small loom or other spinning and weaving equipment to experiment with. Additional pre-processed fibers will be available for purchase. Don't miss this unique workshop that encompasses ecology, sustainability, anthropology, and fiber art!

    Level: All

    Materials Fee:  $10

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Kudzu Co-Op Members

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register


    4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

    Free to all, but please RSVP

    Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    SEPT 25

    2 articles from Cloth and Human Experience, to be determined

    Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for this month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader - Judi Jetson and/or Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert


    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register
    Curious about spinning? This class is designed for the new spinner, or someone who needs a refresher on the basics. Learn about the workings of a spinning wheel and tools like the niddy noddy and lazy kate. Practice the motions of drafting (pulling) fiber and spinning it into yarn. Plying and finishing yarn will also be covered, if there is time. You'll leave this class with a skein of yarn from what you've spun. All tools provided, or bring your own wheel if you have one.


    Level: Beginner
    Materials Fee: $10 for fiber and use of spinning wheels

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Lorri Helms

    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 15
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    In this class, we will explore stranded colorwork while working on the Knights’ Banner Cowl. This is a 3-color cowl with simple stitch repeats.

    Level: must know how to knit, purl, and work in the round

    Materials Fee: None

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Varian Brandon

    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    Experience transforming your old clothes into new upcycled treasures in this one day workshop. You will learn “recipes” from upcycle designer Stina Andersen on how to turn your old pair of pants or shirt into a fit and flare skirt. Transform a shrunken wool sweater into new functional accessories. No prior sewing skills required. Bring your sewing machine and 3-5 garments that you want to transform or dig into our clothing stash and request a classroom machine.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: None. Instructor will supply extra clothes and classroom machines to share. Scissors, pins, notions, trims etc.

    Instructor: Stina Andersen

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60


    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 3
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    Discover the creative art of Eco Printing! Spend a day playing with leaves and flowers learning to capture the unique qualities of plants on silk and cotton. We will use natural dyes and plant materials to make a lasting print on silk scarves and cotton dinner napkins. Learn how to prepare your fabrics, what plants produce dyed prints, and how to print with those that don’t during this relaxed day of encouragement and fun. Herbal tea, made from some of our favorite dye plants, and all dye materials will be provided. Celebrate Fall and its colors through eco printing.

    All levels welcome

    Materials Fee: $30 for all materials that students will eco print and take home. Also supplied will be plant and natural dye materials (though we may forage for some, too), herbal tea, and class handouts.

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Maria Muscarella 

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 15
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    In this 2-part class, we will explore stranded colorwork further as we work on a pair of colorwork mittens. These traditionally-shaped mittens include increasing and decreasing in colorwork, a picot hem, and a “thumb trick” technique to complete this colorful accessory. Must be comfortable with stranded colorwork and working in the round in a small circumference.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee: None

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Varian Brandon

    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register


    4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

    Free to all, but please RSVP

    Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    OCT 23

    Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert

    Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for this month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.

    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader - Judi Jetson and/or Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert


    • 01 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 03 Nov 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    Sewing with handwovens often requires special techniques. The fabric characteristics of raveling and bulk require extra care and creativity in construction techniques to make your finished garment have a professional look. Learn tips and techniques to complete that garment that has been in your head for years.

    Level: All

    Materials fee: $5 Download fee of written and pictorial information

    Registration: Members $300, Non-members $360

    Instructor: Joan Berner

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 12
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    The goal of this workshop is to learn a wide variety of techniques that facilitate preparing to weave, setting up for weaving, and the process of weaving flow from start to finish. This is not a workshop for total beginners. It is a workshop for those who have ever tangled a warp; have wondered how to smoothly wind warps and bobbins from multiple cones; want to know how to mix textures, colors, warp chains, yarn weights without tension issues; interested in working with multiple warp chains easily; could benefit from learning to cleanly split warp chains to use some threads now, some later; might like to try using a warping paddle and warping mill, who want some great techniques for designing at the reed; want to learn how to efficiently tie onto an existing warp to avoid sleying/threading for every project; interested in why some chains won't unchain and how to make the perfect untwisted chain; already know how to setup from back to front but want to learn why/when setting up front to back for a particular project is an overwhelmingly better choice; already know how to setup front to back but want to learn to do it more effortlessly. Kathrin will demo these techniques and invite class members to explore them with hands-on assistance. There will be time for Q&A as we address specific topics that relate to your weaving process.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee:  $5 for Demo loom, Demo warps, Warping paddle and warping mill, Multiple cones of yarn for demoing warp and bobbin winding, Hand tools including variety of shuttles, electric bobbin winder, and small tools

    Registration: Members $125, Non-members $150

    Instructor: bio append #instructor name Kathrin Weber

    • 09 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
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    The goal for this dyeing workshop is to learn the basics for dyeing full rich color in cellulose yarn (cotton, rayon, linen, etc.), dyeing safely, traditional as well as non-traditional application of dyes, and processes needed to set the dyes for color fastness. Students will learn fundamentals for dye application to produce one of a kind, technically sound and color-fast hand-dyed cotton yarn and fabric. Students will learn techniques for space-dyeing skeins and warps, resist dyeing yarn, and how to set up a basic dye kitchen. And, beyond that, to learn to dye with personal fearlessness and intention. We will discuss and explore a wide variety of ways to layout warps to be dyed - each layout giving a different result for what will turn into woven fabric. This is not a “recipe” class. Using 7 hues of Fiber Reactive MX dyes students will begin to develop insight into the essence of color that allows them to blend, shade and produce a full spectrum of color.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee:  $30 for pre-wound, scoured warps and skeins for those of you who want to supplement your supply. Please order through my webshop at least 2 weeks before the workshop. Since I am driving, I can bring them along with me.

    Registration: Members $125, Non-members $150

    Instructor: bio append #instructor name Kathrin Weber

    • 10 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    We will create gnomes with recycled sweaters.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $3 for rice, wool for noses, thread,stuffing and fiber for beards.

    Instructor: Elizabeth Searle

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

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    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

    Free to all, but please RSVP

    Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    NOV 13**2nd Wednesday

    The Materialists by Jenelle Porter (Fiber : Sculpture, 1960 to Present)

    About 10 Years: From New Tapestry to Fiber Art by Jenelle Porter (Fiber : Sculpture, 1960 to Present)

    Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for this month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.

    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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