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Design Studio

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC Canada (map)

With Eleanor Hannan

$495 [Includes $100 lab fee] class limit 14. May 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2020 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

Spend five full days immersed in design.

Design is everything. It is the reason an art piece works or fails. Design often functions just below the conscious surface, influencing the audience and guiding them toward a more profound engagement with the work. 

The Design Studio will include a thorough exploration of “colour in relationship.” The elements of value (transitions of black, white, grey), proportions, harmonies, and discords—all while referencing and harnessing familiar elements of design: line, shape, space, texture. This is an original approach especially created for the Maiwa School of Textiles.   

The thrill of this course is to experience five days of immersion in this vast and life-changing world, opening to design theory and connecting theory to individual creative instinct. Students will dive deep, master design skills, expand on long-held ideas, and work with processes using materials specifically chosen for their history, quality, aesthetic, and design effectiveness.

Students will create handmade sketchbooks in which to keep their work for further development and inspiration. 

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About Eleanor Hannan

Eleanor is a visual artist and teacher who seesdrawing as the core of her art. She is driven by the ancient adage nulla dies sine linea, “not a day without a line.”

Eleanor has taught design for textiles at Capilano University, textile printing at Emily Carr Univeristy of Art and Design, textile design for fashion at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and surface design in the fashion department at the University of the Fraser Valley. 

She has worked for several years on a collaborative project with the writer Elizabeth Dancoes creating stories based on the history and mythologies of the skirt. The results of this collaboration have been featured in gallery exhibitions and online.