Registration opens Monday June 18th, 2018 at 10am (Pacific time).
September 2018 Workshops
October 2018 Workshops
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
November 2018 Workshops
This intensive four-day workshop delivers a comprehensive understanding of the fascinating art of achieving colour on fabric. It is designed to be a clear and thorough study of the (sometimes intimidating) world of dye types and procedures.
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.
Are you a textile enthusiast wanting to add stitch for embellishment? If so, this is the workshop you won’t want to miss. The stitches you’ll learn are those known across Europe, the Americas, and Asia. They have passed between families and persisted for generations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.