Sep
6
to Sep 10

Skins and Skeletons - 3D Textile Constructions

In this experimental workshop students will learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials such as reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, and wire. The class will also explore the use of found materials and recycled frameworks. Methods will include formal and chaotic plaiting, wire and netting construction, and lashing techniques.

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Sep
6
7:45pm 7:45pm

Woven Symbols, Global Patterns

Join textile artists Sara Goodman and Mary Zicafoose for a joint lecture exploring weaving, pattern, long-distance collaboration, and ethical production.

Even though Sara and Mary live hundreds of miles apart, they often come together to collaborate on both artistic projects and organizational ones, such as the Goodweave Foundation (an NGO whose mission is to stop child labour in the carpet industry).

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Sep
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Pendent

Mo Kelman’s works are both engineered and organic, as if she were laying bare the design principles for new forms of life. Architectural tensions resolve in new and remarkable forms, all built with a sensitivity to materials and textures.

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Sep
14
7:45pm 7:45pm

The Art of Ajrakh

Join Jabbar Khatri and his son Adam Khatri as they explain what it is to practice a craft that goes back over ten generations. Jabbar’s father could sell his block prints in the local market, but Jabbar and Adam now deal with corporate clients and international exhibitions — new challenges in a fast-changing world.

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Sep
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Still in Print: Ajrakh Textiles

Join us for an exhibition of ajrakh masterworks. Jabbar Khatri and his son Adam are members of the famous Khatri block-printing family, a family that can trace its artisan heritage back over nine generations. See the finest examples of printing and technique worked in natural dyes on cotton—double-sided ajrakh with expansive circular designs. The pieces are truly unique and cannot be seen anywhere else. 

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Sep
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Indigo Social

For the past two years Sophena Kwon has been conducting her groundbreaking Indigo Socials. Combining shaped-resist techniques with the magic of an indigo vat, Sophena has turned a whole new audience on to the power of making.

For this special collaborative event, Sophena is joined by veteran dyers Jabbar and Adam Khatri. East meets West in this unique variation on the Indigo Social theme.

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Sep
25
to Sep 27

JOURNEY INTO INDIGO

This workshop will take students through a number of recipes for creating a healthy working indigo vat—including the thiourea, ferrous, fruit, and henna vats. Students will explore the benefits of each vat and learn how to choose the right recipe for a particular project or environment.

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Sep
26
to Sep 28

THE CREATIVE STUDIO (first offering)

This workshop is one of our most inspiring and creative, so much so that we have students who have taken it more than once. Students come to answer the question: How can creativity be tapped, mined, or made to flow when we need it most? In this original workshop, students will travel on an exploratory adventure, discovering techniques and letting go of assumptions that may hold them back.

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Sep
29
to Oct 1

ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

From a simple pattern to the most complex work of art, all objects can be understood in terms of elements such as line, shape, space, texture, and colour.This course will delve into design elements as they relate to the visual arts and specifically to textiles. Theory will be combined with examples illustrating how artists deliberately use elements to give structure to creative ideas.

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Oct
2
to Oct 6

THE NATURAL DYE STUDIO

What magic does the dyer use to coax colour from nature? Throughout the world this knowledge was guarded carefully, and learning the art often involved elaborate ceremonies and traditions. To this day, natural dyeing retains the same air of mystery and exotic intrigue that has compelled artists and craftspeople for centuries.

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Oct
2
to Oct 4

THE COLOUR WORKSHOP

This workshop will give students a theoretical and creative grounding in working with colour. Classical theories of colour put forth by Newton, Goethe, and Itten will be introduced. The language of colour will be covered, giving a grounding in harmony, value, saturation, and hue.

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Oct
10
7:45pm 7:45pm

Inspired Displacement: Translating Travel into Textiles

Curiosity. Serendipity. Intent. Chance. These are the elements of life, artistic practice, and travel. A journey, with its goals, challenges, and epiphanies, can often stand as the central analogy for what an artisan is seeking in their daily studio work. Travel itself can be the experience that drives our artistic motion.

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Oct
11
to Oct 12

SECURE - solid form techniques for closures & clasps

Explore systematic construction techniques for solid felt forms: spheres, discs, barrels, hoops, and cords. Learn graceful connection techniques for wet-felting these basic forms together seamlessly into unique clasps and closures. The class will also cover cross-hatched preparation and needle-felting of forms in preparation for wet-felting.

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Oct
11
to Oct 12

KUMIHIMO 2-Day

Kumihimo is an art that attracts fibre artists from all areas. Kumihimo can be practiced with humble materials, such as string and twine, or exceptional fibres, such as metal threads, and a wide variety of silks. Jewelers find inspiration in the corded patterns, and textile artists discover new possibilities for edging and fringe work.

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Oct
13
to Oct 15

KUMIHIMO 3-Day

Kumihimo is an art that attracts fibre artists from all areas. Kumihimo can be practiced with humble materials, such as string and twine, or exceptional fibres, such as metal threads, and a wide variety of silks. Jewelers find inspiration in the corded patterns, and textile artists discover new possibilities for edging and fringe work.

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Oct
18
to Oct 20

MARLINESPIKE ROPEWORK - The Bell Rope

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

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Oct
18
7:45pm 7:45pm

The Marlinespike: Roped into Art

Tim Whitten practices a fibre art known as Marlinespike Ropework: a collection of techniques with origins based on the use of a marlinespike­—a pointed and tapered iron tool anywhere from six to thirty inches in length.

Join Tim as he speaks about the art of rope production, fancy knotwork, and the culture of maritime seafaring that gave birth to these arts and then provided the conditions under which they flourished.

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Oct
19
7:45pm 7:45pm

Kantha Quilts of Bengal

John Gillow has recently written the catalogue for the forthcoming kantha exhibition at the Mingei International Museum, San Diego. For more than forty years John has travelled the world and collected, exhibited, and sold textiles. He is recognized internationally as a leading lecturer and author. The list of publications to his credit is longer than most running stitches. 

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Oct
21
to Oct 22

MARLINESPIKE ROPEWORK - Essentials

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 two-day workshop will focus on small projects such as mats and lanyards. Some time will be given to basic knots and splices, but the majority of effort will be centred on marlinespike techniques.

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Oct
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Wonderlust Evening

“Join me and the Maiwa team as we gather around a collection of cauldrons. You’ll receive a bag with a silk scarf, some string, and something sturdy to tie your bundle around. I’ll guide you through the process and then...while our bundles simmer, there will be stories to share, and we will fold the instruction sheet into a tiny book.

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Oct
25
to Oct 29

being (t)here: in the field, mapping the poetics of place

“being (t)here” is an intensive site-specific philosophical practice, sifting the poetics of place through immersion in the local landscape. Each class is tailored to exploring its particular locality but also covers the fundamentals of bundle-dyeing on both textiles and paper. Though we work small, the techniques learned may be applied to larger projects when participants return to their own studios.

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Oct
26
7:45pm 7:45pm

Marvels & Wonders: Geometric design in Ciaro during the Mamluk Sultanate

Join author Eric Broug as he leads us through the extraordinary microcosm of Medieval Cairo. Eric will explore some of the basic principles that underlay this design heritage before moving on to demonstrate what was unique and exceptional about geometric design during the Mamluk Sultanate.

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Oct
28
7:45pm 7:45pm

The Craft of Travel: Maiwa on the Road

In 2016 Maiwa turned thirty. During those thirty years, owner Charllotte Kwon has made more than one hundred journeys to meet craftspeople and trade directly with artisans. Sometimes she has travelled alone and sometimes she has travelled with journalists, authors, fellow craftspeople, or Maiwa staff.

Join us for this highly visual edition of the Threads Lecture. Charllotte will recount the early challenges of working on the road, how artisan life has changed in the thirty years she has been travelling, and what motivates her to continue to seek out remote villages and craftspeople.

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Oct
30
to Nov 1

ENCAUSTIC MINIMALIST

This three-day workshop uses very little equipment with big results. Students will work mostly on paper and fabric and some wood panels. The primary tool we will use is a hot stylus pen with six tips designed specifically for encaustic. Participants will explore the following techniques: collage, wax resist, mark-making, transfers, and stencils.

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Nov
2
to Nov 3

rusTEA ENCAUSTIC

This innovative two-day workshop addresses the techniques of rusting on paper, on fabric, and directly onto the encaustic surface. Rusting works beautifully on encaustic medium and encaustic paint. We will also experiment with rusted paper and fabric as collage elements.

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Nov
3
to Nov 5

CREATIVE RUG HOOKING

Some of the world’s most impressive folk artistry comes from repurposing materials. In this class, students will learn how to hook rugs as most early practitioners did, with wide (1/4") strips of reused woolen fabrics. Reclaimed wool is both ethical and sustainable, and it results in unexpected yet felicitous juxtapositions of texture and colour. 

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Nov
6
to Nov 8

BOOKBINDING: ANCIENT TO MODERN

Both of Gaye’s bookbinding courses include fundamental binding techniques such as Japanese stab binding, corner treatments, the pamphlet stitch, the use of book cloth, and signature procedures. Students will learn how to make an accordion book and simple effective origami books. They will progress to full instruction on a simple hard-covered journal including sewn signatures and the application of end papers and spine cloth.

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Nov
13
to Nov 15

BANJARA STITCHES

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.

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Nov
17
to Nov 19

THE CREATIVE STUDIO (second offering)

This workshop is one of our most inspiring and creative, so much so that we have students who have taken it more than once. Students come to answer the question: How can creativity be tapped, mined, or made to flow when we need it most? In this original workshop, students will travel on an exploratory adventure, discovering techniques and letting go of assumptions that may hold them back.

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