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SILK PROCESSING with Leigh Alexander
Come see silk yarn in it's raw state and participate in the process of “degumming” the silk to accomplish some beautifully lustrous Vietnamese silk yarn. This process will result in a few varieties of weight and quality. At the end of class, students will have the opportunity participate in a making a large group order to Laos for more silk.
Leigh Alexander is an award winning master weaver who has traveled the world to explore and learn textile techniques. She began weaving when she was 11 and continues to expand her repertoire of techniques. Leigh lived in Finland for a year, spinning and weaving wool blankets and in Thailand for several years, working with the silk weavers. A graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Leigh went on to work for such well known textile designers as Jack Lenore Larsen in NYC and Putumayo in Charleston, SC. She has been a production weaver, dyer, cutter, colorist, designers' consultant, housewares designer and production manager and assistant designer.
Leigh has had her own weaving business since 1999, designing and producing household textiles. She has just completed 4 years as the project manager for Heritage Blankets NM at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center and is now developing a new line of rugs and drapes. She is also setting up a computer loom at Makespace Santa Fe.
Non-Member: $0 (Member $0)