Going under the title Exploratory Tapestry, this class essentially encompasses ALL of my weaving classes into a three-day intensive. We'll go through the basics of frame loom weaving (aka Weaving 101), into intermediate techniques (aka Weaving 201), and then explore more intuitive and free-form contemporary weaving practices (aka Weaving with Alternative Materials)!
This intensive hands-on workshop will give you a comprehensive understanding of traditional and contemporary tapestry techniques and a path towards discovering your own style. You'll leave with samplers of work you've made in-class, (which make great reference tools for later pieces), a BIG tapestry loom (twice the size of the 101 loom - with legs!), a large tool pack and a really great book of techniques and resources.
No experience necessary, although if you've taken a 101 or Intro class with me before (or equivalent with another teacher) and were contemplating a 201 class this would be an excellent refresher plus A LOT of new skills :)
Registration opens MONDAY, DECEMBER 11th at 10am, in person, by telephone and online.
Maiwa classes go VERY QUICKLY, and often sell out on the first day of registration, don't delay if this is something you were interested in :)
From the Maiwa website:
Rethink textiles and think tapestry.
Historic tapestries are some of the largest artworks ever made, yet the essence of this technique can fit on your kitchen table and requires only a small portable frame and some imagination.
This workshop will ground students in proper technique so they can confidently create and explore individual styles of weaving. With the basics in hand, we will expand the fundamentals of tapestry weaving into more exploratory and contemporary weaving practices.
Working on individual frame looms, students will learn how to set up a loom for tapestry weaving; classic weaving techniques that create shape, texture, and colour variations; and how to finish and remove a woven piece from the loom. We will then move on to experimental weaving techniques, using intuition and alternative materials to create unusual textures and pattern, permitting students to develop their own stylistic approach with confidence.
At the end of the class, students will have several samplers of their in-class work—a great reference tool for future projects. Students keep their wood frame loom.