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Friday, April 5

10:00 am – 1:45 pm



Dan McKinney Family YMCA

8355 Cliffridge Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Agenda of The Day


Greetings | 10 am - 10:15 am

Guild Business | 10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • President: Calling the Meeting to Order

  • Event Announcements 


Program - Sharing Time, Lecture, and Social Time

Sharing Time | 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Sharing Time is a much-anticipated part of guild meetings. Members are eager to share their latest projects with the group, who are always ready to "ooh" and "ahh" over each other's efforts.

Keep up the stellar work, and thank you for sharing!

Break | 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm 

Lecture | 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm 
Social Time | 1:00 pm - 1:45 am

Bring your own project to work on during this social time.
Adjournment | 1:45 p.m

Woad, The European Indigo

Guest Speaker | Denise Simeon Lambert

Denise Siméon Lambert

Master Dyer

... Bio

She married Henri Lambert, and the couple worked together on the project
Educated in France, having passed through the Sorbonne in Paris, she specialized in tourism and worked in various countries in Europe, as well as the Bahamas.
Denise was born in Chicago.

ReduAfter the unexpected death of her husband, Denise took on the running of their company by herself. Besides day-to-day operations, she also oversees collaborative research with the University of Toulouse on various applications of woad, the development of new products, as well as promoting awareness of woad
With their two adopted children, the couple moved to France in 1993 and created the “Bleu de Lectoure.” The idea was to re-discover the historical color “Dyer’s Woad – Isatis tinctoria” and incorporate it in modern industry, creating a link between history and future.
(the village of second-hand books) in the Ardennes, Belgium. With the art gallery “Le Bateau Ivre,” they created one of the most referenced and specialized galleries in contemporary art and sculpture in Belgium.

worldwide press.

Denise moved to a small village outside of Toulouse, which was the historical center of the woad industry in the 14th and 15th century. She created a new company called “L’Atelier des Bleus Pastel d’Occitanie” and continues her passion for this extraordinary natural blue dye. She is also a lecturer, gives dye workshops, actively participates in historical and cultural events worldwide, and serves as a designated consultant for museums on the subject of woad and woad dyeing.


Denise's Workshop

Dyeing with the French Blue: Saturday, April 6 and 

Sunday, April 7 


know more...


“Woad the European Indigo – From History to Industry”

The company was created 20 years ago on the simple purchase of an old 15th-century tannery and the view of the beautiful old blue tint of the shudders. This is how simple passion can be started.


The challenge was to re-discover an ancient color, the techniques of extraction and apply all of this knowledge to a more modern orientation.


After many years of research as well as countless hours of error/correction, we are now innovating on the many different sources the plant can give.


The range of products is vast and the challenge is to convince industries that most of the synthetic can be replaced by plant or mineral pigments. It’s just common sense and adaptation for a better environment.



Denise Siméon Lambert~

L'Atelier des Bleus Pastel d'Occitanie