This series will feature Jorie Johnson–wool and felt specialist, artist, and researcher–from Kyoto, Japan. Jorie has been on the research team for the ancient Japanese Imperial felt rugs that are colorful and intricately patterned and are housed in the Shosoin Repository in Nara, Japan.
March Theme: Interesting and unusual southwest Chinese and Tibetan red-and-white paste resist–dyed felts referred to as huazhan. At the last eastern depot of the Silk Road Jorie discovered interesting felts that have ended up in private collections. These inspired her to help define techniques and histories of other examples and experiment with replicating the (possible) techniques. The presentation also includes some thin, hand-painted Korean felts with images of buildings, horses, and Sencha Tea ceremonial utensils.