Shibori and Natural Dyeing Workshops in Hong Kong 4 – 5 November, 2016

Chances are you’ve heard about the latest trend for shibori dyeing centred on those rich indigo hues – a continuation of our current taste for hand-crafted original clothes and homewares. First and foremost shibori dyeing is the traditional Japanese version of tie-dyeing that dates back to the 8th century. The artform has recently been spotted earthily energising the latest collections from Stella McCartney and Proenza Shouler. So, if you think you would like to partake in a little shibori activity and learn this timeless technique from one of the experts, KPC Yarn and Stylebrief are hosting author and designer Cath Derksema of Prints Charming to Hong Kong in early November for some exclusive workshops at KPC Yarn Studio, Lai Chi Kok, and Mirth, Aberdeen. While in Hong Kong Cath will also take bookings for one extra class that will focus on the steps involved in her fascinating natural dyeing process which involves using leaves, tea, spices, bark and flowers. Places are limited so book fast! See below for workshop details and go to stylebriefbigcartel for booking: 

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Shibori Workshop

This three-hour class run by Australian textile artist, author and designer Cath Derksema will focus on resist-dye techniques like tying and clamping and of course each student will leave with a wonderful over-sized shibori-dyed muslin scarf upon finishing. There will be napkins, silk scarves and pillow cases available to buy on the day, but participants are encouraged to bring along any of their own pieces for exploration. Cotton tea towels and pillow slips, white T-shirts and linen are the ultimate blank canvas, and shibori can also give another bohemian dimension to blue denim jeans or add an ingenious modern touch to white jackets and shirts, too.

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This three-hour class with artist Cath Derksema will focus on the many facets involved in the natural dyeing process. There will be organic cotton and wool skeins provided from KPC Yarn, and all spices and plants will be locally sourced. Students are encouraged to bring along any item of clothing or linen from home that could use some reinvigoration. Places are limited so book fast!    

Hong Kong Insider’s Textile tour

HONG KONG INSIDER’S TEXTILE TOUR – OCTOBER 18 – 21, 2016 – three nights/ four days hosted by Ingrid Keneally and Natalie Miller. 

Having lived in Hong Kong for over 18 years, and seen this glittering and at-times overwhelming city go through some profound changes, I have turned my mind to introducing my Hong Kong to those curious for more unexpected travel that balances learning about textiles with shopping secrets and guidance for great eating destinations. I can wander and gaze for hours on end looking through antique shops for that perfect overlooked vintage dress, or a beautiful object in an unknown laneway. I liken it to a human pick-me-up and I have made it my job. Styling and sourcing is what I love to do. This year I will be teaming up with architect and fibre artist Natalie Miller for a three-night /four day Hong Kong Insider’s Tour exploring the colourful garment districts and gaining insight into where you can source all your DIY project needs to continue your artistic practice at home. Think leather, rope, ribbons, cotton, silk, buttons, trims, silver and so much more. We will also be allowing plenty of time in the schedule to guide you to some seriously amazing lesser-known shopping destinations, that I visit in my everyday life for work!

About Natalie Miller: Natalie enjoys her time in Hong Kong, maybe it’s because, after her numerous working visits to Hong Kong, including her most recent to create and install the stunning macramé chandeliers for Chinese New Year’s Eve at Pacific Place, she has fallen in love with this city. Apart from being a very gifted architect and fibre artist, Natalie is an experienced educator who loves to talk all things weaving. Natalie brings an artist’s eye to this trip. Learn more about Natalie here.  For further details and prices please email me at ingridkeneally@gmail.com

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Weaving and Macramé workshops with Natalie Miller in October – Hong Kong

I love working with architect, weaver and fibre artist Natalie Miller and it is good news for Hong Kong as she will be returning to teach new and wonderful things with her weaving and macramé to a small group in a limited number of classes in October 2016. KPC Yarn is collaborating with their beautiful wools and cotton yarns in many colour variations, and classes will take place at both the KPC Yarn studio and at the Mirth lifestyle store in Aberdeen.

Places are booking fast so visit stylebrief.bigcartel to secure your place or you can contact me directly on ingridkeneally@gmail.com. 

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Weaving workshop at KPC Yarn Studio:

October  22, 2016 / 10 am – 2 pm 

Where: KPC Yarn Studio

1/F Novel Industrial Building
,
850-870 Lai Chi Kok Road
,
Cheung Sha Wan,
Kowloon,
Hong Kong

Tel: 9186 2094 or 2371 7675

Number of seats: 12 only

What is included:

Enjoy four hours of absolute fun creating and engaging in the many facets of weaving. Natalie will teach you how to warp the delicious wools and cotton yarn from KPC Yarn, roving and raffia onto a timber loom as well as showing you different tapestry weaving techniques.

Natalie will start by exploring the essence of colour, form and texture. You will then be guided through all the steps needed to weave your very own wall hanging – from design through execution and finishing. To let you continue to enjoy your newfound skills you will take home an Ashford timber weaving loom and your very own woven tapestry.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. 

Macrame workshops at KPC Yarn Studio:

Date: October 22, 2016

Time: 3 pm -7 pm

Where: KPC Yarn Studio

1/F Novel Industrial Building
,
850-870 Lai Chi Kok Road
,
Cheung Sha Wan,
Kowloon,
Hong Kong

Tel: 9186 2094 or 2371 7675

What is included: Natalie is conducting this four-hour class, which will cover the mechanics of knotting and macramé. You will be taken through all the steps on how to make your very own woven wall-hanging as well as being shown how to manage any future grand-scale ambitions you may come up with.

A selection of healthy snacks and drinks will be provided.

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Weaving workshops at Mirth 

(October 21 and 23, 2016 – please see times below) 

Weaving workshop 1

Date: October 21, 2016

Time: 1 pm – 5 pm 

Weaving workshop 2

Date: October 23, 2016 

Time: 10 am – 2 pm 

Where: Mirth

The Mezzanine Floor

Yip Kan Street

Wong Chuk Hang

Hong Kong

Tel: 9186 2094 or 2553 9811

Number of seats: 12 only

What is included:

Enjoy four hours of absolute fun creating and engaging in the many facets of weaving. Natalie will teach you how to warp the delicious wools and cotton yarn from KPC Yarn, roving and raffia onto a timber loom as well as showing you different tapestry weaving techniques.

Natalie will start by exploring the essence of colour, form and texture. You will then be guided through all the steps needed to weave your very own wall hanging – from design through execution and finishing. To let you continue to enjoy your newfound skills you will take home an Ashford timber weaving loom and your very own woven tapestry.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Macramé workshop at Mirth 

Date: October 24, 2016 

Time: 3 pm – 7 pm 

Where: Mirth

The Mezzanine Floor

Yip Kan Street

Wong Chuk Hang

Hong Kong

Tel: 9186 2094 or 2553 9811

Number of seats: 12 places 

What is included: Four hours of absolute knotting rope fun, creating your very own macramé wall-hanging. Yummy healthy snacks and drinks will be supplied.

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds will be available for cancellation within one week of the workshop. Please take this into account when you sign up for a workshop.

No refunds of any type will be offered for workshops with out-of-town artists.

 

KPC Yarn pop-up in Sydney


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Leading yarn brand KPC Yarn has collaborated with 19 established artists whose work offers up a new take on the traditional world of textiles to showcase an exhibition called Thread+Colour. Contributing artists include architect turned latest ‘it’ weaver whose work is featured on the April 2016 issue of Home Beautiful Natalie Miller alongside other major weaving talents, Brooklyn based Maryanne MoodieGenevieve Griffiths, Nikita Sheth, Erin Barett of Unwoven, sisters Lauren and Kassandra Hernandez of Crossing Threads and Natalie Jones; extreme knitter Jacquie Fink; Elizabeth Pawle, whose delicate neon wall hangings bring with them a soothing gem-like air; artist Katikart who turns crochet portraiture into something unexpected and quirky; the inspirational Cath Derksema of Prints Charming; contemporary hand-stitcher Liz Payne; sculptor and fibre artist Harriet Goodall; maker of exquisitely playful collage works Alex Falkiner; knitting artist Stine Leth; artist and author Meredith Gaston; creative maker and founder of B for Brain Haily Tran; weaver and fibre artist Megan Bogden Shimek, and ceramicist and fibre artist Alison Fraser.

As the creative coordinator behind the project I have a passion for showcasing the unique style and talents of each artist. The ten-day pop-up will start with a conversation with Jacqui Fink about her fascinating process at 4pm on April 23, and from there an opening night gathering, which will include canapés and wines from Mondo Imports will begin at 5.30pm. There is also an area reserved in the space for daily workshops (for details and workshop bookings read on) and informal discussions during the week.

For opening night please go to Thread+Colour event page to let us know if you are joining. 

Lovers of punk and bold design will be very pleased to see a very select collection of woollen sweaters from Kaylene Milner of Wah-Wah. Founder and designer of Sydney-based French knitwear label Marcelle & Clo Claudine Guerin will also have her patterns available for sale. My input is a fun collaboration with KPC Yarn and visitors to the exhibition and pop-up are invited to hand-sign in thread the giant 1.4 metre embroidery sampler, located at the ten day pop-up. 

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This vibrant collection combines a wealth of talent and strong international influences, and will be on display in Sydney at The William Street Gallery, 14 William St, Paddington, from April 23 – May 1, 2016. All of the range from KPC Yarn will be available as well as the original artworks and hand-made one-off designs and wares such as Jacqui Fink’s Little Dandelion range will be for sale throughout the week. If you are interested in viewing any of the artist’s pieces before the opening, please email me at ingridkeneally@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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KPC WORKSHOP TIMETABLE: 

Saturday  April 23  12 pm – 3pm

Learn the embroidery technique of mark making with thread – with Cath Derksema of Prints Charming. Once you’ve moved through a host of stitches, a lesson in embellishment, on a Cath Derksema hand-dyed indigo cushion cover will be introduced. Light snacks and refreshments provided. 

For bookings and more details visit Prints Charming  

Sunday April 24 10 am – 1 pm

From little things…Learn the basics of knitting with Pauline Keneally, who as a former professional potter has years of experience in many crafts. Walk away with the skills needed to cast on, cast off and finally get that knitting project started. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings visit stylebriefhongkong

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Sunday April 24  2 pm – 5 pm SOLD OUT

The wonderful world of weaving with Natalie Miller using KPC Yarn. All materials supplied.  Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings and more details visit Natalie Miller. 

Monday April 25- 10am – 12pm

Learn the decorative handicraft of Chinese knotting with Natalie Miller. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings and more details visit Natalie Miller. 

Monday April 25  2 pm – 5 pm SOLD OUT

The wonderful world of weaving with Natalie Miller. All materials supplied including a selection of KPC Yarn. Light snacks and refreshments provided.  

For bookings and more details visit Natalie Miller

Tuesday April 26 10 am – 1pm.

Secrets of successful silk-screening with Cath Derksema of Prints Charming. Light snacks and refreshments provided.  For bookings and more details visit Prints Charming 

Tuesday April 26  2 pm – 5 pm

Crochet gets its groove back with Ingrid Keneally and Fiona Cheung – Find out how to give your granny square edge with all needles and thread supplied. Light snacks and refreshments provided. For bookings visit stylebriefhongkong

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Wednesday  April 27  10 am – 1pm

Learn the art of indigo and natural dyeing with Cath Derksema and KPC Yarn. Hand-dye your very own wool – enough to start a small project. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings and more details visit Prints Charming

Wednesday April 27 2pm – 5pm SOLD OUT

Be one of the lucky few to learn from founder and designer of Sydney-based French knitwear label Marcelle & Clo Claudine Guerin. In this three-hour class, participants will learn how to re-interpret an enchanting piece from the designer’s latest collection. Samples from the KPC Gosyp chunky range will be supplied. 

For bookings and more details go to Marcelle & Clo

Thursday  April 28  10 am – 1 pm Seats still available 

Introduction to drawn thread-work with Alex Falkiner. This class teaches you a few mark-making tricks essential for making your embroidery projects stylish and contemporary. Lights snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For bookings and more details visit Alex Falkiner

Thursday April 28 2pm – 5pm 

Friday April 29  Seats still available

10 am – 1pm Learn the traditional basketry technique of coiling with Harriet Goodall using KPC Yarn. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings and more details visit Harriet Goodall. 

Friday April 29 2pm – 5pm

Workshop to be confirmed 

Saturday April 30 10 am – 1 pm SOLD OUT

The wonderful world of weaving with Natalie Miller using the incredible range of KPC Yarn. All materials included. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings and more details visit Natalie Miller 

 Saturday April 30 2pm – 5pm SOLD OUT

Introduction to drawn thread-work with Alex Falkiner. This class teaches you a few mark-making tricks essential for making your embroidery projects stylish and contemporary. Lights snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For bookings and more details visit Alex Falkiner.

For information, inquiries or assistance with booking please email ingridkeneally@gmail.com or contact KPC Yarn. 

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Natalie Miller, Cath Derksema, Marcelle & Clo and Claudia Smith 
 

 

 

 

 

Artistic Adventure

Join textile artist Natalie Miller, nutritionist and yoga instructor Alexis Smith and myself for our second six-day artistic adventure at Ban Sairee, a luxury private beach front villa in Koh Samui, Thailand. There are now only a few spots left. Learn weaving and crochet with KPC Yarn, macramé, block-printing using eco friendly paints from Eicó, natural dyeing, skipping, yoga and more while nourishing the body with nutritious and delicious food. This six-day retreat is a learning experience and an adventure and most importantly it is fun and full of laughter. It is an inspiring vacation where you learn skills that are not only good for your health but good for your soul.

When: September 18 – 23,  2016

Where: Luxury private beach front villa Ban Sairee, Koh Samui, Thailand 

 
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 Your Week Includes:

Six days, five nights luxury accommodation

All meals using only fresh whole foods free of processing, preservatives, colourings, flavourings and additives. Food likes, dislikes, allergies and sensitivities are catered for.

• Daily morning exercise class ranging from yoga to resistance bands, hill walking and skipping. All classes are tailored to suit all fitness levels

• 10 x three hour classes in weaving, macramé, block-printing, one-on-one crochet and shibori dyeing.

• Educational talks on all things health

• Cooking demonstrations

You also have full use of all villa facilities including swimming pool, kayaks and private tennis court. This is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependant on local weather and the desires of the group.

There are only 12 places and they are booking up quickly so don’t delay.

Please email alexis.smith@me.com with any questions or to request a registration form.

 
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Shop update…

Big Cartel update: Two new items added. Check out my store to see the finished results on the hand-dyed artisan muslin shawls from India, and a fun craft project – developed with the artist Meredith Gaston and KPC Yarn. The colours of the shawls have great depth and are so lovely and soft. My favourite is a great nude colour called Lemon Cream that works on any skin tone.

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And there is something so therapeutic about making your own pom-pom decorations. The new pom-pom making kit includes five different ways for you to have fun pom-pom festivenesss. The kit includes party cake and decor style-up ideas and hair ties, and of course Gaston’s fabulous illustrations.

If you have any questions, or special requests just let me know. Happy shopping!

 

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Christmas wreath workshop

 I am collaborating with Juile Tran from Paper Play Design again to make a beautiful pom-pom and paper flower wreath for your Christmas. 

You will learn to make a pom-pom wreath out of the delicious green hues from KPC Yarn and Julie will be teaching everyone to make paper poinsettias and pine-cones from Italian crepe paper.

Hurry as places are booking up and there are only limited seats. All materials provided. For bookings go to stylebrief.bigcartel.com

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Date: December 12, 2015

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Address: KPC Yarn Studio 

1/F Novel Industrial Building 

850 -870 Lai Chi Kok Road

Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon

Price: HK$580

 

 

Tassel and ‘It’s a wrap’ workshop in Hong Kong

Morrison Polkinghorne, of Passementeries, makers of the finest tassles, fringes, braids and cords, will be in Hong Kong on November 18, 2015, for one workshop only demonstrating and teaching the intricacies of his splendid hand-crafted ornamental decorative trimmings and tassels. The textile designer and authority of Asian antiques is a true artist who has single-handedly reinvigorated and driven the passementerie story into the 21st century. His work has involved collaborations with international designers for private and public spaces, restaurants, and his pieces have graced the rooms of iconic buildings including the National Gallery of Victoria as well as Sydney’s Kirribilli House. Now based in Battambang, Cambodia, where Polkinghorne owns and runs the boutique hotel bric-a-brac with his partner chef and author Robert Carmack, the self-described ‘tassel maker’ has spent the past few years training and overseeing a talented team of local artisans who continue to help create the passementerie which is all hand-crafted from natural fibres or jute.

In this three-hour workshop at Mirth, Wong Chuk Hang, you will learn tassel making skills from the best in the biz, Morrison Polkinghorne of Passementeries, while using KPC’s beautiful wool and cotton yarns. Polkinghorne will also pass on his knowledge of Japanese gift wrapping so all your future Christmas and birthday presents are guaranteed to look more beautiful and inspired. 

There will be a glass of bubbles and refreshments provided for all guests taking part.

For more information or to book please visit stylebrief.bigcartel or call 9186 2094 for more information. 

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Tassel making and It’s a Wrap Workshop:

Where: Mirth

The Mezzanine Floor

Yip Kan Street

Wong Chuk Hang

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2553 9811

When: 18 November 2015

Time: 11 am – 2 pm 

Cost: HK$680

Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. 

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Without a doubt, everything at Kate Jones’ atelier get.give on 14 Po Tuck Street in Sai Ying Pun is to swoon over. Her terrifically clean-lined space in grey and cream hues has a whole host of swishy decorative tricks that could make a stylist happily rearranging and playing for hours. Jones also runs creative consultancy At Liberty which offers boutique creative strategy services with a focus on events, marketing and styling. Some of her illustrious clients include Landmark Magazine, Ellermann Flower Boutique, Krug, FilmAid, Hermès, Fendi Casa, Colour Living, Clinique and Miele.

However if you’re hankering after a considered design-focused buy, you’re in luck. Read on to learn more about the smart thinking behind get.give.

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How would you describe your atelier get. give?

I started get.give together with my business partner (and cousin) Seanne Ducat. We wanted to find a way to provide a broader and more thoughtful offering of gifting that can be enjoyed every day. We’ve invested a lot of time to carefully curate a selection of products made by passionate producers that we believe recipients will cherish, most of which we’ve picked up during our travels.

We currently have two arms to the business: one is the retail store which will also be launched online in early October this year (very exciting). The second is our Gifting Agency where we work with corporate clients to pair them with like-minded businesses and create gifting strategies and collections that truly align with their brand ethos.

Later in the year we’ll be adding a third arm to the business which is our own collection of eco-friendly gift wrapping that we’ve created together with local artists in Asia.

The get.give shop and studio is where customers can come and really explore our family of brands. Everything that we’ve selected has a personal connection with both myself and my business partner Seanne. The store is where we can first hand relay these stories to the clients and really educate them about the products. We will do this with our online store, but we’re both a little old school and love to meet with people face to face.

Why get.give?

We have been frustrated for a while now by the lack of gifting options in Hong Kong and generally worldwide. We both feel that what is on offer is very trendy, gimmicky, lacking heart and ultimately dust collectors that end up in a landfill. I haven’t been able to find one great store that offers a variety of useful products from quality makers that suits both men and women across a variety of ages. get.give is our answer to this. We’re still early days so the collection will grow with us and our customers as we develop more of a relationship.

From the corporate gifting side, we found that some brands are doing themselves more harm than good with the items they are choosing to gift. We’d see gifts with large logos in bins post-events or found that everyone would gift the same thing – one year it’s a speaker, the next it’s a phone charger. So recipients end up with three or more of an item stacking up.

All this leads to what Seanne and I term ‘gifting guilt’ – that feeling you have when you receive something and instantly feel bad about the amount of packaging or the fact that it’s just another thing to store away or awkwardly try to give away. Our aim is for get.give to make ‘gifting guilt’ to be a thing of the past.

 

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A spotlight on some of the brands you are bringing to Hong Kong

We have exclusive artist edition rugs by New York based Artist August Krogan-Roley together with Kahoko. All hand woven in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

We also stock the most amazing hand-picked herbs from Greece by the brand Daphnis & Chloe. They also work with local farmers to help them get the most from their crops with organic farming techniques.

Los Poblanos is a family-run lavender farm and homestead in New Mexico introduced to me by great friends whilst on holiday this year. They make the most exquisite products from their lavender in the summer and chillies in the autumn … I ended up helping to harvest the lavender, learn about their processes and meet with the family. Now we have them in Hong Kong which is very exciting.

We are bringing in enamelware by Japanese brand Kaico and designed by Japanese design icon Makoto Koizumi and hand-made wooden household brushes and cleaning tools from Redecker, a 75-year-old family run business from Germany.

 

 

 

 

Embroidery workshops – Hong Kong

Embroidery is back in vogue. The gentle art of embroidery has found a new generation of career artists open to using more modern and creative ideas in their work. Australian textile artist and designer Cath Derksema of Prints Charming, has been creating hand-painted and embroidered linens that are attracting attention in the art world and taking embroidery firmly into the future.

Cath will be working with KPC’s vibrant wools and organic cottons at two fun creative workshops in early October at Mirth and the KPC Yarn studio.

Spaces are limited so go to stylebrief.bigcartel to secure your place. 

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Date: October 2, 2015 

Time: 10 am – 1 pm 

Cost: US$150

Where: Mirth 

The Mezzanine Floor

Yip Kan Street

Wong Chuk Hang 

Hong Kong 

Tel: +852 2553 9811

Number of seats: 8 places available 

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Where: KPC Yarn Studio 

1/F Novel Industrial Building

850 – 870 Lai Chi Kok Road

Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon

Hong Kong 

Date: October 4, 2015

Time: 10 am – 1 pm 

Tel: +852 2371 7675

Number of seats: 8 places available 

What is included: 

Learn blanket stitch from scratch, or brush up on your embroidery skills from one of the best. In the three-hour class, Cath will encourage students to explore their sense of colour with KPC Yarn’s wonderful hues. You will be provided with a linen sampler and a hand-painted panel which can be used to make an original cushion for your home. 

A selection of healthy and delicious snacks from Moxo Living and refreshments will be provided during the workshop to keep you happy and hydrated. 

 

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