Katharine Dickerson travels to your organization/group to give a lectures, workshops or a combination of the two. She is available from October through April. She prefers to be hosted by a family instead of staying in a hotel/motel. Since there are fees for travel, it would cut down travel costs if several groups, in near by places, did a joint booking. If given enough lead-time, we can also try to line up a near-by booking to reduce the travel cost. The charge is $100.00 for a lecture and $250 a day for workshops. We would be happy to give you maximum numbers of participants and more detailed information regarding content of selected workshops upon request. Lectures can be given separately or in conjunction with various workshops.

Katharine’s studio work: She will show slides beginning with her student work in the 1960’s to the present. Since the work spans decades, it is like a mini lecture on contemporary textile history. Her work includes production work, individual studio development, as well as various public and private commissions.

The Commission process: This slide lecture is an in-depth look at the commission process illustrated by her various commission works. It includes documentation of the proposals, weaving processes and progress to the finished pieces. In addition to her own personal experience with commissions, she also authored a book titled Commissioning Visual Art, a Guide for Artists and Patrons.

Twining: This lecture starts with historic slides of West Coast Salish Twining and shows work from pre-contact to post-contact, as well as documentation of work done in contemporary revivals. The lecture also includes slides of some of the tools used by the Salish for fiber preparation as well as weaving. The lecture then covers some aboriginal twining and end up with various types of Maori twining.

Norwegian Flesberg Bound Weave: The Flesberg system of bound weaving was practised in the southwest Burkerud area of Norway. Katharine became aware of this weaving system during a Textile tour of Norway sponsored by the Vesterhiem American Norwegian Museum in the summer of 2003. She subsequently presented a lecture on this type of bound weave at the Norwegian Textile conference in 2005. This lecture covers the relationship between the more familiar Krokbrogd 3 harness bound weave and Flesberg which is also done on 3 harnesses. It gives a technical explanation as to how Felsberg expands the visual design possibilities from the basic 2 block pattern possibility of Krokbragd. Slides include woven examples of both as well as drawings of structure and drafts.

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