Our October speaker will be Marlie de Swart, a longtime spinner, knitter, and weaver. She lives in Bolinas and has a fiber arts store in Point Reyes where many west Marin artists display and sell their textile wares. She is a member of Fibershed and teaches classes in spinning and plying. She is committed to working with local farmers and uses fleeces from the west Marin area.
Marlie has designed many sweaters and vests, some which are showcased in her book, Knitting Woolscapes: Designs Inspired by Coastal Marin Wool. Here’s her website if you’d like to take a look: http://www.borageyarns.com/knitting-woolscapes
Come to the October meeting and see samples of her beautiful work. I’ve attached a couple of photos.
Marilyn fell in love with paper when living in Japan many years ago. When she retired from teaching, she began experimenting with making paper in the studio she sets up in her back yard each summer. Several years ago she discovered botanical printing and has added that to interests she pursues in her outside studio. She has taught paper making to her calligraphy guild, Pacific Scribes, The Nature Printing Society, and the Sonoma Mycological Association where the paper fiber is mainly fungi. She also enjoys sharing paper making with friends and small groups while working in her back yard.
Several years ago she was fortunate to be able to tour Japanese paper making villages with Hakoni Paper, a paper importer based in Southern California. She was delighted to find the traditional Japanese life still existing in the small rural villages.