Natural Dyeing: Intro to Indigo Dyeing
Oct
21
10:00 PM22:00

Natural Dyeing: Intro to Indigo Dyeing

Create your own incredible textile designs with Indigo! This 3 hour workshop explores traditional Japanese Shibori techniques to create geometric patterns in beautiful blue Indigo dye. * Instructor: River Takada-Capel * * Materials: * All necessary materials included. Cotton cloth will be provided to practice folding techniques. Students may bring an additional two small items such as a t-shirt, totebag, or napkins to add to the dye bucket. (Must be 100% cotton or linen)

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Sewing: Refashion a Smock Top
Oct
24
5:00 PM17:00

Sewing: Refashion a Smock Top

Refashion an oversize button-up shirt into a stylish smock top in this 3 hour class. Unlock thrift shop potential, and learn to rearrange abandoned button-ups into something you'll love to wear! Students should be comfortable setting up their machine and sewing straight lines. ** Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Button-Up shirt at least 3 sizes larger than your own. Thread. Bring your own machine, or reserve one of ours.

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Nov
4
12:00 PM12:00

Lobby Call at The Durham Hotel

LOBBY CALL: GET IT, TOGETHER Hosted at The Durham Hotel

Sun, Nov 04, 2018
12-4pm

Lobby Call is an invitation to show up.

Showing up is vital, especially in November.

Join us, in collaboration with Southern Cultures Quarterly and The Nasher Museum, for a therapeutic gathering to soothe pre-election nerves with communal creativity.

Sing historic protest songs with your neighbor in a cathartic choir, make your own freak flag to fly at the make-and-take station with RivTak Handmade, and build a collective floral sculpture with the Fireside Farm flower truck.

 

Plus, engage with representatives from the City of Durham’s Participatory Budgeting Initiative to work towards a stronger community so that we can get it, together.

https://thedurham.com/event/lobby-call-get-it-together/

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Nov
10
10:15 AM10:15

Screen Printing and Collage Family Day at NCMA

Gallery tour and studio workshop best for families with children ages 5–11. A different theme each time means there’s always something new to discover! All participants (children and adults) must have a ticket. While this exhibition is suitable for all ages, please note that some works of art feature nudity.

Put a fresh spin on Georgia O’Keeffe’s floral paintings by creating your own flower prints. Discover contemporary printmaking techniques and view a few works of art in the exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art. Exhibition ticket not required.

https://ncartmuseum.org/calendar/event/2018/11/10/family_fun_saturdays_pop_art_poppies_10/1015

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Indigo at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro
Nov
17
to Nov 18

Indigo at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro

Learn to fill your home and wardrobe with the calming effect of Indigo. This workshop covers pre-reduced indigo vat, as well as different folding and clamping techniques to get the Itajime Shibori style designs! Students are welcome to bring 3-4 items, any *natural* fiber items, and fabric will also be available for an additional fee.

Section A– $42 – Saturday, 10am-1pm, Nov. 17

Section B – $42 – Sunday, 12:30-3:30pm, Nov. 18

Sign up at over on the ArtsCenter website.  Saturday and/or Sunday

All ArtSchool Course registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtCenter members receive 15% off the total cost of this course!

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Sewing with Spoonflower: Wings for Kids
Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Sewing with Spoonflower: Wings for Kids

We are excited to partner with Spoonflower for this class using their custom printed fabric designs! Wings are a Cut & Sew project, suitable for confident beginners. Your kiddo will be soaring by Halloween! Choose from Monarch or Rainbow Butterfly Wings, or Fantastic Feathers and select from sizes 2-6 or 6-10 yrs. View designs here: https://www.spoonflower.com/collections/282840-wings-by-freeman-s_creative **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** All materials included (image by Mainsail Studio)

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Sewing with Knits: Ebony Tee @ Freeman's Creative
Oct
17
5:00 PM17:00

Sewing with Knits: Ebony Tee @ Freeman's Creative

In this 3 hour class, students will learn to sew knits on any sewing machine that can zig-zag by making the Ebony Tee from Closet Case Patterns. Students should be comfortable setting up and sewing with their own machine. Please arrive with fabric pressed and pattern pieces cut.

Required Materials: Ebony Tee pattern; Prewashed stretch knit fabric for desired size; Matching thread; Needles provided

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Craft: Print Your Own Fabric with RIVTAK @ Freeman's Creative
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Craft: Print Your Own Fabric with RIVTAK @ Freeman's Creative

Learn about surface design and simple techniques to make your own unique custom fabric! In this 2.5 hour class, students will design and print their own fabric using stencils and carved blocks. The class will also cover the basic techniques of screen printing. Fabric can be used for future sewing projects! **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: 1 yd cotton or linen fabric (solid, light colors)

$55

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Sewing with Knits: Linden Sweatshirt @ Freeman's Creative
Sep
19
5:00 PM17:00

Sewing with Knits: Linden Sweatshirt @ Freeman's Creative

Get ready for a cozy fall in this 3 hour class. Sew the perfect sweatshirt and gain confidence sewing with knits. Students should be comfortable threading and operating their machine and sewing straight lines. Please arrive with fabric pressed and pattern pieces cut. Required Materials: Linden Pattern; Prewashed Knit (stretchy) fabric for your size; Coordinating Thread; Stretch Needle included.  5PM- 8PM /

$48

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Sashiko: Slow Stitching with RIVTAK @ Freeman's Creative
Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

Sashiko: Slow Stitching with RIVTAK @ Freeman's Creative

  • 2020 Chapel Hill Road Durham, NC, 27707 United States (map)
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Join River Takada-Capel for an evening of pro-active slow-stitching. River will demonstrate different styles of traditional hand-stitching and creative mending. Students are encouraged bring textiles or clothing in need of repair or embellishment. We will have assorted fabric, threads, needles, trims and Rivtak screen printed patches. Sashiko kits and additional materials available for purchase.

$35

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Sewing Skills: Intro to Paper Patterns @ Freeman's Creative
Sep
6
5:00 PM17:00

Sewing Skills: Intro to Paper Patterns @ Freeman's Creative

Looking to expand your sewing skills, but perplexed by paper patterns? Get your measurements, choose your size and learn what to do when you're between sizes, and decipher all the symbols and markings on your pattern! Bring any pattern you'd like to sew (and your selected fabric if you like) and get started on your next project! This class is perfect preparation for any of our garment sewing classes. **We will not be sewing in this class. No machine required.** Instructor: River Takada-Capel

Link to sign up: Freeman's Creative Class Registration

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Intro to Sewing: Tote Bags @ Freeman's Creative
Sep
5
5:00 PM17:00

Intro to Sewing: Tote Bags @ Freeman's Creative

In this 2 hour class, students will learn all the basic steps to sewing by machine, including how to set up their machine, adjust the settings, and sew straight lines. Students will sew a simple lined totebag. Bring your own working machine or rent ours.  Required Materials: Prewashed fabric- 1/2 yd fabric for bag exterior 1/2 yd fabric for bag interior coordinating thread. 

$35

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Intro to Indigo Dye Workshop at Freeman's Creative- 2 part class
Sep
1
to Sep 2

Intro to Indigo Dye Workshop at Freeman's Creative- 2 part class

Join me, River Takada-Capel, in Durham at Freeman's Creative, for a informative indigo dye lesson and workshop and a 2 part resist workshop.

Times:
Saturday, September 1,  10am-1pm- Itajime folding and clamping Shibori Resist
Sunday, September 2,  10am-1pm- Stitched Shibori Resist

Lesson includes a brief history of indigo, how different cultures have and are using it, how the cold water pre-reduced indigo works, and different folding and clamping techniques to get the designs you desire! We will mark and fold all of our materials and prepare them for dyeing.
Students are welcome to bring any *natural* fiber items (polyester will *not* dye in the indigo bath).  2-3 items only please.  Sample Fabric will be provided.

Everyone in the workshop will be sharing one dye bath.  

Workshop includes prepping tied fabric for dyeing and the process of letting indigo oxidize. Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting splattered with blue. This part of the workshop will be held outside and may be sunny, please bring your own hat to protect from the sun!

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Sewing with Knits: Stasia Dress @ Freeman's Creative
Aug
29
5:00 PM17:00

Sewing with Knits: Stasia Dress @ Freeman's Creative

In this 3 hour class, students will learn to sew knits on any sewing machine that can zig-zag by making the Stasia Dress from Sew Liberated. Students should be comfortable setting up and sewing with their own machine. Please arrive with fabric cut out, ready to sew. Pattern assistance available the hour before class. ** Instructor: River Takada-Capel ** Required Materials: Stasia Dress pattern; Prewashed stretch knit fabric for desired size Matching thread Needles provided.

Class takes place at Freeman's Creative in Durham.
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Embroidery: Slow Stitching with RIVTAK @ Freeman's Creative
Jun
27
5:30 PM17:30

Embroidery: Slow Stitching with RIVTAK @ Freeman's Creative

  • 2020 Chapel Hill Road Durham, NC, 27707 United States (map)
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Join River Takada-Capel for an evening of pro-active slow-stitching. River will demonstrate different styles of traditional hand-stitching and creative mending. Students are encouraged bring textiles or clothing in need of repair or embellishment. We will have assorted fabric, threads, needles, trims and Rivtak screen printed patches. Sashiko kits and additional materials available for purchase.

$37.50

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Natural Dyeing: True Blue Indigo Intensive @ Freeman's Creative

Immerse yourself (figuratively) in the Japanese art of Indigo Dyeing in this 6 hour workshop with River Takada-Capel. Students will learn how to set up their Indigo dye bath, prepare their fabric, and create beautiful designs through traditional Shibori techniques. Each student will be able to dye up to 10 yards of fabric and will go home with the supplies to continue experimenting! Required materials: All supplies included; bring cotton or linen fabric, garments, or homegoods to dye. Lunch break 1-2.

$105

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

Sewing: Sew Your Own: Dress No. 2 @ Freeman's Creative

  • 2020 Chapel Hill Road Durham, NC, 27707 United States (map)
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Expand your handmade wardrobe with Dress No. 2 from 100 Acts of Sewing! We'll cover how to sew seams, finish hems, set in sleeves, and apply bias tape to necklines. Students should be comfortable threading their machine and sewing straight lines. Please arrive with fabric cut and ready to sew. (Check out Intro to Paper Patterns for assistance!) **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Dress No. 2 pattern, prewashed fabric for your size, thread to match

$50

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

LOBBY CALL: RADICAL INDIGO WITH RALEIGH DENIM WORKSHOP X RIVTAK

Raleigh Denim teams up with River Takada-Capel of Rivtak Handmade for Lobby Call’s second Make & Mend Party: Radical Indigo. Meet on the patio where Raleigh Denim will supply kits for assembling canvas tote bags + needles and thread for mending and River will set up an indigo dyeing workshop station in the cobblestone alley. Experience the beauty and ease of dyeing natural fiber with the beloved dye utilized by ancient cultures in Japan, Africa, India, Egypt, and countless others for thousands of years as you spend the afternoon with us making & dyeing totes, mending your ripped and torn denim, and enjoying coffee, tea, and cocktails from the bar. Free event though space is limited, reservations required.

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Jun
13
5:30 PM17:30

Craft: Print Your Own Fabric with RIVTAK @ Freeman's Creative

Learn about surface design and simple techniques to make your own unique custom fabric! In this 2.5 hour class, students will design and print their own fabric using stencils and carved blocks. The class will also cover the basic techniques of screen printing. Fabric can be used for future sewing projects! **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: 1 yd cotton or linen fabric (solid, light colors)

$55

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Natural Dyeing: Intro to Indigo Dyeing @ Freeman's Creative

Create your own incredible textile designs with Indigo! This 3 hour workshop explores traditional Japanese Shibori techniques to create geometric patterns in beautiful blue Indigo dye. * Instructor: River Takada-Capel * * Materials: * All necessary materials included. Cotton cloth will be provided to practice folding techniques. Students may bring an additional two small items such as a t-shirt, totebag, or napkins to add to the dye bucket. (Must be 100% cotton or linen)

$60

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
8
12:00 AM00:00

Sewing: Sewing with Knits: Lark Tee @ Freeman's Creative

In this 3 hour class, students will learn to sew knits on any sewing machine that can zig-zag by making the Lark Tee from Grainline Studios. Students should be comfortable setting up and sewing with their own machine. Please arrive with fabric cut out, ready to sew. Pattern assistance available the hour before class. ** Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Lark Tee pattern (Concord Tshirt is an alternative); Prewashed knit fabric for desired size; Matching thread; Needles provide

$50

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Sewing: Sewing Skills: Intro to Paper Patterns @ Freeman's Creative
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Sewing: Sewing Skills: Intro to Paper Patterns @ Freeman's Creative

Looking to expand your sewing skills, but perplexed by paper patterns? Get your measurements, choose your size and learn what to do when you're between sizes, and decipher all the symbols and markings on your pattern! Bring any pattern you'd like to sew (and your selected fabric if you like) and get started on your next project! This class is perfect preparation for any of our garment sewing classes. **We will not be sewing in this class. No machine required.** Instructor: River Takada-Capel

Link to sign up: Freeman's Creative Class Registration

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Sewing: Intro to Sewing: Tote Bags @ Freeman's Creative
Jun
6
5:00 PM17:00

Sewing: Intro to Sewing: Tote Bags @ Freeman's Creative

In this 2 hour class, students will learn all the basic steps to sewing by machine, including how to set up their machine, adjust the settings, and sew straight lines. Students will sew a simple lined totebag. Bring your own working machine or rent ours. **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Prewashed fabric- 1/2 yd fabric for bag exterior 1/2 yd fabric for bag interior coordinating thread

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Jun
5
12:00 AM00:00

Sewing: Intro to Sewing: Tote Bags @ Freeman's Creative

  • 2020 Chapel Hill Road Durham, NC, 27707 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this 2 hour class, students will learn all the basic steps to sewing by machine, including how to set up their machine, adjust the settings, and sew straight lines. Students will sew a simple lined totebag. Bring your own working machine or rent ours. **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Prewashed fabric- 1/2 yd fabric for bag exterior 1/2 yd fabric for bag interior coordinating thread

$35

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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May
30
12:00 AM00:00

Beginner Sewing: Pants @ Freeman's Creative

Grow your handmade wardrobe with Pants No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing, a great first garment pattern! We'll learn how to sew seams, finish hems, and insert an elastic waistband. Students should be comfortable threading their machine and sewing straight lines. For assistance cutting out your pattern and fabric, arrive at 5 PM. Class starts at 6, come ready to sew! **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Pants No. 1 pattern, prewashed fabric for your size, thread to match

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May
23
12:00 AM00:00

Sew-In: Bring your own project @ Freeman's Creative

Bring a project to work on & get expert help from resident textile artist and sewing instructor, River Takada-Capel.  This project can be anything fabric!  Bring slow stitching or mending projects and look through River's extensive book collection for inspirations stemming from Japanese and Southern American textiles.  Or bring garments to upcycle, patterns you want to sew, or projects that have reached a road block. Not sure how to move forward?  We're here to help! $15/hr, 4-7 PM. Drop-ins welcome

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May
16
12:00 AM00:00

Sewing Workshop at Freeman's Creative

If you're ready to make your own clothes, Shirt No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing is a great first garment pattern! We'll learn how to sew seams, finish hems, and apply bias tape to necklines. Students should be comfortable threading their machine and sewing straight lines. For assistance cutting out your pattern and fabric, arrive at 5 PM. Class starts at 6, come ready to sew! **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Shirt No. 1 pattern, prewashed fabric for your size, thread to match

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Intro to Indigo Dye Workshop at Freeman's Creative
Mar
31
to Apr 1

Intro to Indigo Dye Workshop at Freeman's Creative

Join me, River Takada-Capel, in Durham at Freeman's Creative, for a informative indigo dye lesson and workshop and a 2 part resist workshop.

Times:
Saturday, March 31st 10am-1pm- Itejime folding and clamping Shibori Resist
Sunday, April 1st;  1pm-4pm- Stitched Shibori Resist

Lesson includes a brief history of indigo, how different cultures have and are using it, how the cold water pre-reduced indigo works, and different folding and clamping techniques to get the designs you desire! We will mark and fold all of our materials and prepare them for dyeing.
Students are welcome to bring any *natural* fiber items (polyester will *not* dye in the indigo bath).  2-3 items only please.  A bandana or tea towel will be provided. Fabric will also be available for any additional needs for an additional fee. 

Everyone in the workshop will be sharing one dye bath.

Workshop includes prepping tied fabric for dyeing and the process of letting indigo oxidize. Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting splattered with blue. This part of the workshop will be held outside and may be sunny, please bring your own hat to protect from the sun!

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Beginner Plus- Sewing with a Pattern- Moneta Dress and Knit Fabric
Mar
21
5:00 PM17:00

Beginner Plus- Sewing with a Pattern- Moneta Dress and Knit Fabric

Hosted at Freeman's Creative in Durham in Lakewood Shoppes

In this 3 hour class, students will learn to sew knits on any sewing machine that can zig-zag by making the Moneta dress from Colette Patterns. Students should be comfortable setting up and sewing with their own machine. Students will learn to cut out and assemble a garment from a paper pattern using knit fabric for a comfortable wardrobe essential!

Required Materials: Moneta pattern; Prewashed stretch knit fabric for desired size Matching thread (Needles, elastic provided)

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Intro to Sewing- Envelope Pillow Cover
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Sewing- Envelope Pillow Cover

$40

In this 2 hour class, students will learn all the basic steps to sewing by machine, including how to set up their machine, adjust the settings, and sew straight lines. Students will sew a simple envelope-style pillow cover. 

Required Materials:
3/4 yd woven fabric, light to mid weight, prewashed
coordinating thread
**16"x16" pillow form is included in the cost of the class

Students are also welcome to bring cherished fabric scraps to incorporate into this intuitive patchwork exercise. 

Students are encouraged to bring their own working machines to the workshop. 

Freeman's Creative provides: Coordinating Thread and interfacing.  All students will receive 10% discount on materials purchased in the shop. Students can select to Add-On a machine rental for $7, or a Patchwork Fabric kit for $25 instead of bringing their own fabric.

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Sashiko and Mending workshop at Freeman's Creative
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

Sashiko and Mending workshop at Freeman's Creative

Kick off March Mending Month with an afternoon of Sashiko and Visible Mending.  River will demonstrate different styles of traditional and creative mending, and assist you in repairing and improving  well-loved clothing.   
Students should bring clothing in need of repair or embellishment; we will have assorted fabric, threads, needles, and trims.  This is a drop-in workshop, stay for as long as you like.  Sashiko kits, patches, and additional materials available for purchase.

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Headband Photo Shoot and Headshots with
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Headband Photo Shoot and Headshots with

We are looking for free spirits of all ages, shades, shapes, and sizes to be photographed wearing samples from a new line of handmade fabric headbands created by Durham-based textile artist River Takada-Capel. 

Models should plan to arrive between 9:30-11:30am to do the following to review and sign model releases, be matched with a headband product, and to touch up hair and makeup.

All photography will be done on location by Anna-Rhesa Versola of Versola Photography. Participating in the photo shoot is free. If a model would like a digital copy of a final image, then there is a $25 editing and delivery fee per image (high-resolution).

When you come to model, wear whatever you like without branded logos, and please come with clean hair since we'll be sharing and trying on headbands!

Of coarse, each model will get to pick out a headband from my assorted prints to take home with them along with a screen printed patch.

After the photoshoot, I will be leading a Sashiko and Mending workshop also at Freeman's Creative, you are welcome to join us- bring something to mend!

We are looking for free spirits of all ages, shades, shapes, and sizes to be photographed wearing samples from a new line of handmade fabric headbands created by Durham-based textile artist River Takada-Capel. 

Spaces are limited to 20 models (to be photographed on a rolling basis).

Let us know if you can make it by responding to here or RSVP!

Pre-register and pay your $25 upfront to ensure you get a $25 headshot!

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