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Making a Life: The Conversation No. 4—with Guests Kristine Vejar, Adrienne Rodriguez, and Demetrio Bautista Lazo

Hosted by Melanie Falick
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Please join host Melanie Falick and special guests Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez. We’ll be talking about textiles as a core of the human experience; the joy of creating color from locally grown and foraged materials; and the making of Kristine and Adrienne's new book JOURNEYS IN NATURAL DYEING. Plus, we'll enjoy a special visit with Oaxacan natural dyer and weaver Demetrio Bautista Lazo.

ABOUT THE GUESTSKristine Vejar is the founder and co-owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, California, a retail textile store and natural dyeing studio. Kristine is an accomplished knitter, spinner, and natural dyer, and the author of the MODERN NATURAL DYER. Instagram: @avfkw Website:

Adrienne Rodriguez is the co-owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm. Adrienne is a teacher, writer, and lecturer on the topic of foraged materials for dyeing, with a focus on mushrooms. Instagram: @avfkw Website:

Demetrio Bautista Lazo is a master tapestry weaver and natural dyer from the Mexican village of Teotitlan in the state of Oaxaca. Website:


MELANIE FALICK is an independent writer, editor, and creative director—and a lifelong maker. She is the author, most recently, of MAKING A LIFE: WORKING BY HAND AND DISCOVERING THE LIFE YOU ARE MEANT TO LIVE, named one of the best books of 2019 by Publishers Weekly magazine. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley. Instagram: @melaniefalick Website:

ABOUT OUR BOOKSYou can purchase autographed copies of JOURNEYS IN NATURAL DYEING directly from Kristine and Adrienne on the A Verb for Keeping Warm website. They are also selling copies of Melanie's book MAKING A LIFE. While supplies last, when you buy a copy of MAKING A LIFE, you will also receive a handmade card from Melanie.

ABOUT MAKING A LIFE: THE CONVERSATIONMaking a Life: The Conversation is a new online event series developed by Melanie Falick. The goal is to bring together friends, old and new, to generate meaningful, thought- and action-provoking discussions about why making by hand and making the ordinary extraordinary are vital to our personal, community, and environmental wellness.


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