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One-of-a-kind trunk show coming to Fine Line

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    John Marshall

Fine Line Creative Arts Center

The public is invited to an outstanding Trunk Show, when American fiber artist John Marshall brings textiles bearing designs created with his katazome work and more to Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, on Friday, July 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

"I'll have a full range of exquisite Japanese weaves including tapestry, jacquard, leno, velvets, and so on," said Marshall, as well as an extensive assortment "of my dye work and many traditional silk Japanese garments."

Marshall, who lives in California, is known internationally for using color and line to create unique one-of-a-kind art-to-wear.

To wear or to display Marshall's creations will be your biggest challenge, when you see the range of phenomenal patterns and colors this artist accomplishes using the traditional Japanese techniques of katazome (stencil dyeing) and tsutsugaki (cone drawing).

Katazome is paste resist surface design, which uses a paste made from rice flour that is pushed through a stencil to define a pattern on cloth. The paste resists dyes applied to the fabric to create designs.

One-of-a-kind items at the Trunk Show will range in price from $20 to $3,000. MasterCard and Visa will be accepted.

Supplies will also be for sale, including fabric, dyes, DVDs, brushes, silk/hemp/gold yarns, Japanese shuttles, picks, and so on.

Images of Marshall's work are truly amazing, and this artist, who has spent much of his life studying Japanese dyeing techniques, can teach anyone interested how to start or move forward on this path.

As a teacher, Marshall adapts traditional dyeing recipes and methods for each location to where he travels to do workshops, and conveys complex techniques to students into easy-to-understand steps.

While in town, Marshall will teach a Guest Artist Workshop at Fine Line, open to anyone interested, from novice to seasoned textile artist.

Sign up now for this workshop, "Introduction to Katazome." Students will learn the basics of katazome, work with a range of materials, and experience applying the resist and making pigment dyes.

This workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26. Register by calling Fine Line at (630) 584-9443, or visit

To learn about katazome and John Marshall, and to see more of his artwork and the techniques he uses, visit

Fine Line Creative Arts Center is a nonprofit art school offering adult classes and workshops in a range of fine arts. Two galleries are included on the Fine Line campus, featuring local to international artists. For information, please visit

What: Trunk Show: John Marshall Collection

Where: Fine Line Creative Arts Center -- Kavanagh Gallery

37W570 Bolcum Rd., St. Charles, IL

When: Friday, July 25, 2014, 5:30 -- 8:30 p.m.

Info:, 630-584-9443

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