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Discover (or deepen your knowledge of) the magic of dye on silk. Work with a variety of silks, dyes and resists to create a scarf and wearable art or wall hanging. Experience the entire process of realizing your design on a scarf and then creating a second piece of your choice, either a simple shirt or a wall hanging.Find out more »
This class will introduce the participant to an appreciation of Navajo (Dine) weaving by creating a small rug on a traditional upright loom. Dine weavings are internationally known for their unique designs and techniques using vegetal, natural and aniline dyed handspun wool. Traditional preparations of wool--carding, spinning and dyeing--will be discussed. Participants will learn how to warp an upright loom and learn basic weaving techniques, using 100% wool weft that will be provided. A traditional handmade loom will be provided,…Find out more »
Discover how playful experimentation can work collaboratively with traditional screen-printing techniques. Use versatile non-toxic textile pigments on fabric while learning to print with contact paper, tape, photo emulsion stencils, wax and much more. Non-traditional approaches to the printing process make creativity exciting and fun. Create yards of unique fabric.Find out more »
In this experimental workshop you will learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, wire, found materials and recycled frameworks. Methods will include lashing techniques, formal and chaotic plaiting, wire construction and netting. To build skins onto these structures, techniques for working with gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, wax, and stiffeners will be presented. Exercises, brainstorming sessions, and problem-solving challenges will lead to a focused personal project.Find out more »
Apply traditional basket weaving techniques to contemporary sculptural explorations. Based on weaving traditions that go back thousands of years, learn the fundamentals of twining, coiling and plaiting. Use traditional and non-traditional materials as a springboard to adapt, integrate and explore your sculptural interests and material choices.Find out more »
Delicate lace structures create translucency and serve as a filter of light and negative space. In woven cloth, warp threads are anchored at both ends then crossed in straight lines by weft threads creating right angles at the intersections. In this class we will investigate patterns that manipulate those right angles, allowing threads to bend and curve once removed from the tension of the loom. Participants will be introduced to processes including open weave, leno lace, and huck lace. You…Find out more »
Learn to use the sewing machine to “draw” and “paint” with thread. Drop the feed-dogs on the machine and sew freely. From quilts to clothing, this technique can be used to decorate and embellish many fiber creations. Starting with the basics of free-motion embroidery, discover how to build layers of color to create images with depth and shading.Find out more »
Start from the beginning. No experience necessary! You will learn to plan a project, wind a warp, sley, thread, and beam that warp onto a multi shaft floor loom. Then learn to read a draft, understand pattern, explore color interaction and sample, sample, sample! Participants will then be able to weave off two cotton dishtowels to take home.Find out more »
This workshop is a fresh approach to the art of traditional relief block carving and printing on fabric. Demonstrations and specific exercises will teach skills in working from ideas to designs to cutting linoleum blocks and printing on fabric using non-toxic, water-based, high quality textile pigments. From these basics, we will explore the many interesting variations in registration, color overlays, and additional detailing to create multi-layered hand printed fabrics for future projects. Textile pigments are permanent once heat set, and…Find out more »
Join us for a comprehensive introduction to the centuries-old process of floating paint onto a water-based bath, creating patterns in the paints with special tools, and permanently transferring the design onto paper. You will learn all the fundamentals of marbling, from mixing the bath, prepping the paper, and making your own tools, to learning traditional patterns and creating your own. You will take home finished papers ready to use for whatever you wish - book covers and endpapers, collages, jewelry,…Find out more »