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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August Member News!

Please welcome new member Althea Bilodeau of North Chittenden, VT, who joined this spring! Welcome Althea!!

She recently collaborated on an exciting project with NYC Fashion Designer, Chris Benz. The project involver her dyed silk charmeuse-- 24 yards worth !-- in four colorways for his Fall 2010 collection.

They loved the work so much that they created three dresses that were shown to buyers at the fashion show. The pieces were so successful that she was commissioned to dye an additional 180 yards of fabric for them! WOW!

Stay tuned, we hope to have photos soon. Congratulations, Althea!

In other member news, Karen Henderson's piece "Duality" was recently acquired by the art collection of The Banner Ironwood Medical Center in Queen Creek, Arizona. The piece is a combination of her hand woven linen along with hemp and linen/silk blend fabric. Batik and dye painting were used, along with stitching, to create the piece (seen below).


  1. Nice piece, Karen and congrats! Also wonderful for Althea to have such a large commission....takes real skill to dye that much charmeuse! Looking forward to photos.

    Loved seeing your hats at market, Karen.

  2. Thanks for the kind words. I'll try to get photos up on Althea's commission soon once we have them to post!