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Making Waves in Woven Cloth

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

With Amy Putansu

$120 [Includes $15 lab fee] Class limit 18. Sept 19 (Wed) 10am-4pm.

Every weaver dreams of producing curves in the grid-based geometry of the woven structure.

The technique of ondulé is a rare and distinctive method for achieving such curves. Requiring a specialized tool and modification to the floor loom, ondulé weaving manipulates threads into undulating waves across the length of a cloth. Few weavers have dedicated the resources to master this technique, and Amy Putansu has focused on this style of weaving using her traditional floor loom for many years.

This day-long seminar will consist of lecture and demonstration, and the sharing of many examples and strategies for accomplishing ondulé in the home studio. Students will have the opportunity to experiment on the demo loom, getting a feel for what is required to make waves in woven cloth.

The seminar will also take a closer look at a variety of ondulé fabrics being produced in Europe and Japan. Considering the “how” and “why,” Amy will lead participants in a discussion about the relevance of ondulé to weaving traditions and the future of the art.

Amy will also exhibit her work.

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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.

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