November Workshop
Nov
2
Nov 3

rusTEA ENCAUSTIC

  • Maiwa East

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.

Nov
3
Nov 5

CREATIVE RUG HOOKING

  • Maiwa Loft

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. 

Nov
4
Nov 5

MUSHROOMS: COLOURS FROM THE FOREST

  • Maiwa East

Dyeing with mushrooms is a relatively new technique in the world of natural dyes. While only a small proportion of wild mushrooms yield usable pigments, those that do provide a lovely rainbow of warm, earthy colours.

Nov
6
Nov 8

BOOKBINDING: ANCIENT TO MODERN

  • Maiwa Loft

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.

Nov
6
Nov 9

INTRODUCTION TO DYES

  • Maiwa East

This intensive four-day workshop is the perfect entry into the fascinating art of achieving colour on fabric. It is designed to be a clear and thorough introduction to the (sometimes intimidating) world of dye types and procedures.

Nov
9
Nov 11

BOOKBINDING: THE ARTIST’S BOOK

  • Maiwa Loft

One of our most popular classes—the demand for professional bookbinding instruction has been overwhelming. As more people have seen the exquisite books created in these classes, interest has grown considerably.

Nov
10
Nov 12

SOAPMAKING WITH NATURAL DYES

  • Maiwa East

Soapmaking is a blend of basic chemistry, medicine, aromatherapy, and art. One of the most exciting aspects of this craft is the incorporation of natural dye plants—both as colourants and as medicinals.

Nov
13
Nov 15

BANJARA STITCHES

  • Maiwa Loft

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.

Nov
13
Nov 17

NEUTRAL TERRITORY: 50 SHADES OF GREY

  • Maiwa East

Learn about making your own black mixes using fibre-reactive Procion MX pure primary dyes. We will create the ever elusive neutral blacks that gradate to neutral greys, warm blacks that gradate to pinky lavender, cool blacks that gradate to steely blue, and grunge blacks that gradate to greenish hues.

Nov
17
Nov 19

THE CREATIVE STUDIO (second offering)

  • Maiwa Loft

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.

Nov
25
Nov 26

CROCHET IN HYPERBOLIC SPACE

  • Maiwa Loft

Those who ponder the space-time continuum realize that one possibility (for an expanding universe) is that space-time is hyperbolic. Modeling hyperbolic geometry in three dimensions is surprisingly difficult—unless, that is, you know some simple crochet stitches.