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Peters Valley School of Craft

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Layton, PA United States

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July 2018

Skins & Skeletons: 3D Textile Construction with Mo Kelman

July 20-July 24 Layton, PA United States

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.

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Workshop: Skins and Skeletons: 3D Textile Constructions with Mo Kelman

July 20-July 24 Layton, PA United States

In this experimental workshop, Skins and Skeletons, participants will first learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, and wire. Methods will include various lashing techniques, chaotic plaiting, and wire construction processes. Next, we’ll cover a broad array of approaches for building skins onto these structures using gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, and nets. Media to further modify these “skins,” such as wax, polymers and a graphite/shellac paint will be presented. Participants…

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Woven Lace Structures with Crystal Gregory

July 27-July 31 Layton, PA United States

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…

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August 2018

Weaving 101 with Daryl Lancaster

August 3-August 7 Layton, PA United States

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.

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Linoleum Relief Carving & Printing on Fabric with Jeanne Brady

August 24-August 28 Layton, PA United States

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…

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September 2018

Paper Marbling with Leslie Grossman

September 1-September 2 Layton, PA United States

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,…

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Introduction to Natural Dyes with Natalie Stopka

September 15-September 16 Layton, PA United States

Participants in this weekend intensive will be introduced to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes to fabric. We’ll discuss the history of natural dye use, and explore some contemporary applications of pattern. You may bring along natural fiber materials you wish to experiment with in the dye pot. No previous experience is required.

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