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Kathy Sparks
Kathy has been involved with fiber in some way, shape or form for the past 45 years. She honed her craft both by earning a Master's Degree in Dye Chemistry from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, as well as studying with and learning from other artists. A retired instructor at the college level, her work evolved and began to focus on historic techniques and the use of traditional materials. She has traveled extensively on 5 continents, researching dyes and fiber arts. The yarns she creates, often are dyed using ancient natural dyes such as cochineal, indigo, madder and weld or involve dyes extracted from plants harvested from nature. She is the author of 3 books, including "The Song of the Muskox" about the animals and the qiviut fiber, traditional natural dyes, especially lichens, and the knitted designs of Dorothy Reade. She has authored over 100 articles and been published in nationally recognized magazines such as Color Trends, Spin Off, Ply Magazine and Rug Hooking Magazine. A popular workshop presenter, Kathy enjoys discovering what wonders are out there ….especially those found in her dye pot.

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Dyeing, Surface Design
Kathy Sparks
Color Me Blue and Beyond Sunday, Sep 6 - Friday, Sep 11, 2020

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