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October 11, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg’s Master Weaver Shares His Expertise and Experiences

Years of careful research and experimentation led Colonial Williamsburg’s master weaver Max Hamrick to some colorful connections. His discoveries about 18th-century fiber dyes — some tame, some toxic — are the focus of his presentation, “Organic Fiber Dyeing,” as he shares his expertise at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in the Hennage Auditorium of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

In 18th-century Virginia and England, the science and secrets of colorful fiber dyeing were just as important as they are to today's fiber artists. During his presentation, Hamrick demonstrates how to use botanical recipes to blend the historic old with a vibrant new world of pure color.

Hamrick also will sign copies of his recently published book, “Organic Fiber Dyeing: The Colonial Williamsburg Method.” The 96-page publication is colorfully illustrated with 98 images by Colonial Williamsburg photographer Barbara Temple Lombardi and is available for $24.95 at various Colonial Williamsburg outlets including the Museum Store.

A Good Neighbor Pass, Annual Pass, Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Museum ticket is required for admission to Hamrick’s presentation.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281