Maiwa School of Textiles offers an international roster of instructors. Learn from some of the most skilled hands working in textiles today.
There are openings in all the workshops and lectures listed on this page.
This workshop will offer students instruction and hands-on experimentation with a variety of appropriate resist techniques (such as itajime, and arashi shibori). Students will learn the recipes for degumming silks and mordanting for silks in preparation for plant dyeing. Finally, students will apply colour from plant dyes, layering colour upon pattern over the course of four days.
This workshop presents the embroiderer with a chance to learn the stitches of the Banjara and to gain an understanding of the Banjara approach to constructing geometric pattern on a field of cloth. Bonnie will teach with reference to both contemporary and historic pieces from the Maiwa Collection.
There are a handful of items traditionally made to display marlinespike skills. These include the sailor’s ditty bag, sea chest handles (“beckets”), and bell lanyards. Pieces may be simple or elaborate but are usually fancy samplers. This three-day class will introduce students to this traditional craft through the construction of a continuous cord bell rope and a covered core bell rope
By stitching, pinching, pleating, wrapping, and folding silk or wool and then securing those shaped bundles before dyeing, we can create textiles that are subtle, evocative visual and textural memories of the shaping process.
Like all great arts, textiles recreate our vision of the world. We hold them up as exemplars of skill, ingenuity, creativity, and ambition. Textiles are poetic metaphors woven from ideas just as much as they are physical items woven from fibres.
Join Rachel Meginnes as she chronicles the making of her work and the development of her career from weaver to artist. Having recently completed a series of work which repurposes the inside cotton battings of vintage quilts into contemporary paintings for the wall, Rachel shares with us her deconstructive, mixed media processes while discussing her beliefs in artistic growth and vulnerability.