Feb
2
to Feb 4

Works on Canvas

Canvas is for artists, and an unstretched canvas is an open invitation for the surface designer to begin exploration. Using combinations of mixed-media, fabric paints, and succulent colour palettes, students will engage the canvas surface through altered art techniques, image transfer, collage, and deconstruction ...

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Feb
2
to Feb 4

Mappa: Cartography on Cloth

In this workshop, each student will produce three small samplers that address aspects of both cartography and textile techniques. Looking at historical and contemporary artists’ maps, especially those on textiles, students will discuss their forms and meanings. From global data visualization to a trip around the kitchen, maps are about narrative: what to include, what to leave out ...

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Feb
15
to Feb 18

Creative Studio

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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Mar
3
to Mar 4

Obsessive Chain-Stitch

Chain-stitch is often used to embroider a line, but when it is packed together to form a continuous surface, it creates a sheen of great opulence. Varying the thickness, direction, and shading of threads permits the embroiderer to achieve painterly effects as well as convey a sense of motion and depth ...

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Mar
13
to Mar 27

Storybound: Life Writing & Bookbinding

Form and content come together in this innovative book-arts workshop. To give participants a framework for constructing a personal narrative, Wendy Bancroft (a certified guided autobiography instructor with a background in journalism and research) will guide participants through the authorship of a personal legacy story. Ideas will begin to flow as participants learn the techniques that transform ideas and memories into words and paragraphs ...

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Mar
14
to Mar 18

Couture Hand-Sewing

In this workshop students will explore the world of couture sewing by fully constructing a garment using hand-sewing techniques. No machines are involved here: you will develop an appreciation for the skill of the human hand and its role in quality constructed garments. These are skills that anyone can learn ...

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Mar
21
to Mar 25

The Natural Dye Studio

Charllotte Kwon’s passionate study of natural dyeing techniques has led her to visit and work with traditional artisan cultures around the world. In this new expanded version of her popular workshop, she and her daughter Sophena Kwon will teach a full study of natural dyes and then take this knowledge even further with direct application and patterning techniques ...

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Mar
23
to Mar 25

The Art of Embroidery

This fast-paced workshop will introduce a long list of traditional embroidery stitches. As the class progresses, emphasis will shift to variations and combinations of these stitches, with experimentation leading to a means of personal expression. For those interested in shisha mirror work, we will study the art of attaching mirrors to fabric with thread.

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Apr
20
to Apr 22

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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Apr
25
to Apr 29

Pattern Drafting: Working from the Block

In architectural terms, pattern blocks are the foundation for all garment construction. In this advanced five-day workshop, students will learn how to manipulate and alter a basic set of dress blocks (bodice, skirt, and sleeve) through flat-pattern drafting techniques. Students will learn dart manipulation, sleeve variations, skirt variations, neckline and collar variations, and techniques to create style lines and add fullness.

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Apr
27
to Apr 29

Introduction to Shibori & Indigo Dyeing

The magnificence of indigo blues has thrilled artisans of almost all cultures and times. The transformation of cloth dipped in indigo suggests a potency recognized by craftspeople all over the world. When combined with the many variations of shibori resist techniques, the result is blue and white patterning that ranges from simple motifs to elegant three-dimensional pleating.

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May
2
to May 6

The Nature of Colour

For dyers, this is our most talked-about workshop. Michel Garcia’s deep knowledge of dye chemistry is communicated in metaphor, humour, and wit. Students learn not only what happens with dyes but why. This year we have included an indigo component (previously a stand-alone workshop titled: The Organic Vat).

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May
2
to May 3

Knitting Wired

Using basic knit skills, this hands-on workshop will get students hooked on creating interesting jewelry and small sculptures with wire. Using a flexible copper wire in a beautiful range of colours, students will learn alternative approaches to successfully creating knit structure with progressively heavier gauges of wire.  

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May
4
to May 6

Knit Art & Purl Jamming

Contemplate the simple knit stitch, which when multiplied becomes such a powerful building block. The main focus of this workshop is to venture outside the conventional. Students will learn how to manipulate knitting as an art form. To thoroughly examine knitting geometry, students will be guided through a series of exercises that explore a range of dimensional techniques to create shape and stability.

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May
8
to May 16

Dyeing to Sew

Two creative acts—dyeing and construction—come together in one great workshop. Beginning with lengths of linen cloth, Sophena Kwon will lead students through the application of a variety of itajimi-shaped resist techniques. The class will then make two different indigo vats and use them to dye the prepared cloth. Students will learn appropriate yardage-dyeing methods.

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May
12
to May 13

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. It can lead one to appreciate diverse histories, both of civilizations (for what civilization has not had writing at its centre?) and of artists and artistic movements.

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May
15
to May 17

The Garden Dyepot

Autumn leaves lifted from the rain-spattered sidewalk often leave a print behind. When collecting produce from the garden, one often encounters a range of colours held within flowers, leaves, roots, and stalks. The chromatic potential of what lies just beyond our front door provides a jumping-off point to consider options for contact printing, pressing, steaming, and immersion dyeing.

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May
23
to May 27

Under Construction

Every work exists within a halo of interpretations, ideas, histories, personalities, and meanings. Over the years Michael Brennand-Wood has developed a keen talent for mentoring students—a talent which he claims consists in suggesting the conceptual framework of a piece under construction to students, thus enabling them to progress further with their work, while also creating a richer, more meaningful context to work within.

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Jun
1
to Jun 3

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 a 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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Jun
4
to Jun 15

Journeycloth(ed): An Inspired Masterclass with India Flint

Join me for two glorious weeks at Maiwa East, where we will begin by making a soft silk mieux mieux and dyeing it with leaves gathered from the abundant street trees surrounding the studio. Then we will begin to build a wayfinder’s comforter—a soft, layered garment embellished with stitch, leafprints, detachable sleeves, fasteners, and pockets of all kinds.

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Jun
8
to Jun 10

Creative Blockprinting

Some of the most famous textiles in the world were created by stamping fabric with wooden blocks. Maiwa works with artisans of three distinct blockprinting traditions: the intense geometric complexity of ajrakh, the folk-art patterns of dabu, and the intricate line-work of kalamkari.

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