Sep
5
to Sep 9

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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Sep
7
to Sep 9

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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Sep
11
7:45 PM19:45

Between Science & Art: Collaboration in Textiles

Joy Boutrup is a textile engineer, chemist, and historian from Denmark. Catharine Ellis is a textile artist from North Carolina who specializes in combining weaving and dyeing. They first met at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and, despite living on different continents, they have worked and taught collaboratively for many years.

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Sep
13
7:45 PM19:45

Woman with a Fish

Sue Stone is a British artist who is best known for her figurative compositions that are both constructed textiles and poignant illustrations. Her work often features a fish, a symbol of her heritage (she is the daughter of a Grimsby fish merchant and a seamstress/tailor). Sue is a storyteller whose compositions combine multiple images of people, places, and times, alluding to a journey through life.

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Sep
14
to Sep 16

Every Picture Tells a Story: Hand & Machine Stitch

This workshop will focus on storytelling and will look at the different ways of working figuratively — from the substantial and serious to the light-hearted and whimsical. During the workshop students will create some characters, add text and narrative elements, make experimental machine stitch studies, and start a piece of work using drawings or photographs as inspiration.

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Sep
15
to Sep 16

Indigo Printing & Discharge

Indigo is most commonly used as an immersion dye — but it can also be used for direct printing on cotton fabrics. Permanent shades from pale to deep blue are possible.In this two-day workshop students will be led through the process of making an alkaline indigo paste and preparing fabrics for printing and discharge.

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Sep
20
to Sep 23

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
20
to Sep 23

Complex Silk: Selective Degumming

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.

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Sep
25
7:45 PM19:45

The Silk Route

Join inveterate textile collector, traveller, and author John Gillow as he recounts this fascinating story. John will trace the paths over land and across the sea (collectively known as the Silk Route) whereby silk was brought to the West. He will also take us eastward, following silks to Japan and Korea.

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Sep
26
10:00 AM10:00

Adventures in World Textiles - Day 3

John Gillow, author and lecturer, has been combing the world for more than forty years researching and collecting folk textiles. The fruits of his labour will be made available in three sessions, giving the participants a unique opportunity to view, handle, and study textiles from his wide-ranging collection. 

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Sep
28
to Sep 30

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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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Wonderlust Evening

“Join me and the Maiwa team as we gather around a collection of cauldrons. You’ll receive a bag with a pashmina wool 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
10
to Oct 14

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
10
to Oct 11

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
12
to Oct 14

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
20
to Oct 22

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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Oct
20
to Oct 21

The Inkmaker's Pen

Making ink has much to recommend it. It may be done in small spaces. It does not require specialized equipment or expensive ingredients. The results may be quickly seen and put to use. The process has an element of alchemy about it, where mundane materials are transformed into something extraordinary.

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Oct
22
to Oct 25

Boro & Indigo

This workshop will teach “boro,” the traditional Japanese techniques used to make and repair clothes. To inspire and instruct, Shunji will present his collection of boro garments and samples. Students will receive instruction in sashiko stitching, patchwork and sakiori, where scraps of fabric and rags are woven together.

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Oct
23
7:45 PM19:45

Stripped Bare: Deconstructing Textiles & the Artistic Process

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. 

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Oct
24
to Oct 28

Artistic Pursuit

This workshop uses your past experiences as a maker as a starting point for artistic exploration. This class will guide you through the process of finding your voice while gaining confidence in your practice and in your work. Students of all levels who are eager to explore their inner motivations and inspirations are invited to take this course.

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Oct
25
7:45 PM19:45

On the Mend: Traditional & Modern Japanese Boro

The lecture will explain the spirit of boro — making the most of what one has in a resource-strapped world — and show creative examples of how to incorporate it into modern life using fabric waste. Recognizing the independent soul and spirit that resides in every individual garment and piece of fabric, Shunji will explain how to apply a humorous, tongue-in-cheek approach to up-cycling.

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Oct
27
7:45 PM19:45

Kinds of Blue: The Natural Indigo Revival

Indigo Sutra took place in Kolkata, India, in November 2017. Maiwa participated with the key goal of encouraging artisan dyers to use natural  rather than synthetic indigo and, where possible, to switch to an eco-friendly organic vat.In this lecture Charllotte and Tim will outline the history of indigo cultivation in India and explain the forces that are working to de-skill artisans who work with this legendary blue dye

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Oct
29
to Oct 31

Mappa: Cartography on Cloth

“Mappa” is Latin for a square of cloth. And maps are the perfect vehicle for describing any kind of voyage. In this workshop, each student will produce three small samplers that address aspects of both cartography and textile techniques. The samplers are preparation for beginning a larger personal map that may continue to evolve after the workshop.

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Nov
2
to Nov 4

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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Nov
7
to Nov 11

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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Nov
8
to Nov 11

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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Nov
12
to Nov 14

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
14
to Nov 16

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
17
to Nov 18

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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