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Breaking Waves: The Innovative Weaves of Amy Putansu

  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)

With Amy Putansu

Free Admission - Doors open at 7pm - Exhibition runs until September 23

Using a rare hand-weaving technique called ondulé, Amy Putansu maneuvers threads out of the strict grid and into wave-like patterns and lines. Inspired by the raw beauty of the northern Atlantic coast where she was born and raised, Amy’s work revolves around ocean and nautical themes. Subtle textures, lines, and fibres give Amy’s work a nuanced depth. In her skilled hands the quiet materials of simplicity and minimalism find a new and eloquent voice.

Amy will also teach two workshops.


Amy Putansu has been making cloth since she began her textile education at Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. Her passion and area of expertise is weaving by hand, particularly multiple layer fabrics and ondulé. She has also designed cloth for jacquard that was woven at the Oriole Mill, and designed and woven interiors and garment yardage on AVL dobby looms. In 2008 Amy became a full-time educator at Haywood Community College in the renowned Professional Crafts Program in the mountains of western North Carolina.  

Amy grew up on the rocky shoreline of coastal Maine. The stark, raw nature of the coastal environment has influenced both her aesthetic sensibility and her approach to materials. putansutextiles.com

Earlier Event: September 20
Complex Silk: Selective Degumming
Later Event: September 24
Adventures in World Textiles - Day 1