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Dyeing Then & Now

1-LaTBT 1998 I had just finished my undergraduate degree in Fiber from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado with a focus on the exploration of Natural Dyes. Within the following year I actually found a job utilizing those skills as the chief dyer for La Lana Wools (no longer in business) in Taos, NM. I am pictured here looking a bit tough, rough and tumbled in La Lana’s dye shed where I spent my days dyeing 1-2, 3# lots of wool fiber in each pot. I remember how clear I was about this being what I wanted to do and dreaming about having my own studio set up.

2-LaNow, 17 years later, I am still working with wool and natural dyes with an outside set up for dyeing as well as here in the STRONGFELT STUDIO. Excited to be rocking the pots this fall with madder and weld harvests from my garden and anticipating my class, The Color Grab, at Arrowmont School of Craft this coming week pertaining to the dyeing of natural colors of wool and a variety of silk fabrics and various mordanting practices.