Sep
4
to Sep 8

Ajrakh Masterclass

Students will learn the secrets of ajrakh cloth preparation, scouring, and mordant application before moving on to resist application and full immersion dyeing. All steps will be taught in the traditional manner using authentic materials, natural dyes, and organic cotton. Each student will receive a set of traditional ajrakh hand-carved hardwood printing blocks.

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Sep
6
to Sep 8

The Stitches of India

Join Bonnie Adie as she teaches the embroidery of India and explains new ways to work with pattern, colour, and stitch. Bonnie will draw on techniques practised by groups such as the Banjara (showcasing a surprisingly modern aesthetic, deliberately creating and breaking symmetries while keeping alive a remarkable vocabulary of distinct stitches) and the Rabari (the great nomadic herders of the Kachchh Desert, working with stylized motifs and geometries).

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Sep
9
to Sep 11

Dyeing & Weaving From the Kachchh Desert

Following in his father’s footsteps, Shamji Vankar committed his family to the use of natural fibres and dyes. As a result he has recovered and perfected traditional methods. Join Shamji for an in-depth dyeing workshop augmented by demonstrations of Bhujodi weaving technique and explanations of motif and weave structure.

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Sep
10
7:45 PM19:45

Bhujodi Weaving Talk & Trunk Show

Shamji Vankar is the heir to a wealth of traditional weaving and dyeing techniques practised in the desert region of western India. The small village of Bhujodi is renowned for its distinctive weaves. Motifs may be worked with a supplement in the local wool—providing an effective herder’s shawl to keep men and women warm during the desert night. These same techniques are also worked in naturally dyed cottons and silks—providing a showcase of exceptional beauty and skill.

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Sep
11
7:45 PM19:45

Pattern Recognition

Bandhani has a long and illustrious history in western India. The technique of wrapped thread resist evolved into a powerful expression of identity for cultural groups as well as a simple and quick pattern technique that could be applied to trade textiles. Bandhani gave us the “bandana,” a trade textile in its most popular form. 

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Sep
12
to Sep 15

The 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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Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Five Artisans Exhibition

Weaving. Block printing. Bandhani. An exhibition of exceptional work being done by some of India’s most accomplished contemporary artisans. All five artisans have secured an international reputation through a focus on detail and a dedication to taking traditional techniques to new levels.

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Sep
17
7:45 PM19:45

Artisan Ink & The New Calligraphers

The study of natural dyes leads directly to the creation of handmade pigments and inks. Join inkmaker Tim McLaughlin as he leads the audience through this colourful new territory and sets the stage both historically and culturally for the rise of handmade ink. Tim will introduce the new calligraphers—those who have dedicated themselves to return to handwritten scripts and who are making ink central to their practice.

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Sep
18
to Sep 22

Tactile Notebooks & The Written Word

Join renowned textile artist Sandra Brownlee as she guides you in establishing a dynamic, tactile notebook practice that is meaningful and rewarding. Notebooks will be used as a reflective space and mobile studio—they will become a space to document and give expression to daily experiences. Motivated by haptic considerations, you will use all of your senses to stimulate and awaken perception, guide the making process, and enhance the way you communicate both visually and verbally.

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Sep
19
7:45 PM19:45

Threads That Do Not Break

After a decade following the strict ceremonial weaving protocols of the Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw people, Meghann O᾽Brien is excited to share a point of change in understanding as her practice stretches to transform and occupy twenty-first-century space. Drawing from her personal immersion in the concept of the “deep local,” Meghann presents her reinterpretation of a living body of knowledge that has been built through time spent on the land and study with traditional teachers.

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Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Wonderlust Evening

“Join me and the Maiwa team as we gather around a collection of cauldrons. You’ll receive a bag with a pashmina wool scarf, some string, and something sturdy to tie your bundle around. I’ll guide you through the process and then...while our bundles simmer, there will be stories to share, and we will fold the instruction sheet into a tiny book”.

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Sep
25
to Sep 29

The Nine-Patch Field Coat

Join India Flint for five days of stitching and dyeing and a bit of rather clever cutting to make a short one-size coat with a sweet twist. Why short? Field coats need to be hip-length so they don’t get damp or catch seeds when the wearer is walking through fields. Inspired by the exquisitely stitched ralli quilts of the subcontinent, the field coat will be dyed piece by piece using windfall leaves gathered around Maiwa East as well as eucalyptus leaves from commercial sources.

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Sep
26
7:45 PM19:45

Metamorphosis

Anna Heywood-Jones is a Canadian artist based in Vancouver. Her practice intersects the disciplines of visual art, craft, language, and the natural sciences. Through her work, Heywood-Jones strives to convey notions of slow loss and transformation, examining the metamorphic nature of human, vegetal, and geological expressions of existence.

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Sep
27
to Sep 29

The Fedora Then & Now

In this three-day class, Edie will guide you through the use of a unique collection of traditional men’s and ladies' fashion blocks to create a felted fur fedora. You will have the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques of steaming, blocking, pouncing, wiring, sizing, finishing, lining, trimming, and embellishing using machine and hand stitching.

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Sep
28
7:45 PM19:45

The Future of Making

We tend to view artisan work in very particular ways. Traditional craft is executed by individuals, but the way an artifact looks—its form, its very identity as a “thing”—belongs to a community. Where do designers fit into this relationship? After more than 30 years of working with communities of makers, Maiwa is seeing the basic understanding of artisan and community shift.

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Sep
30
to Oct 3

Motif, Design, Block Print & Dye

In this workshop students will begin with an exploration of form and motif, element, and pattern. Your ideas will be used to plan compositions and repeat patterns that develop your own block prints into a format that works on a field of cloth. You will then transfer your designs onto soft linoleum and carve your own blocks.

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Oct
4
to Oct 6

Journey Into Indigo

Working with indigo is a journey that connects us to people, places, and cultures. Each indigo vat has its own personality, and each comes with its own traditions, history, and stories. This workshop will take students through a number of recipes for creating a healthy working indigo vat—including the thiourea, ferrous, fruit, and henna vats. Students will explore the benefits of each vat and learn how to choose the right recipe for a particular project or environment.

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Oct
4
to Oct 6

The Colour Workshop

Few things can influence us in the way colour does. Working with our conscious desires or subtly playing off our deeper natures, colour can move our emotions and influence our thoughts. 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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Oct
8
to Oct 10

Mycopigments

For many natural dyers, mushrooms and lichens represent a new and exciting territory. Join experienced dyer Alissa Allen as she leads the class through the proper selection of mordant and dye procedures to coax unusual colours from mushrooms and lichens. The class will work with silk cloth and woollen yarns.

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Oct
16
to Oct 20

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 expanded version of her popular workshop, Charllotte and daughter Sophena will teach a full study of natural dyes and then take this knowledge even further with a directed study component of dye technique. 

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Oct
16
to Oct 20

Map Haiku

Tap into your innermost creative side. Make a beautiful mixed media map of an imaginary place inspired by haiku—a minimalist form of poetry. Students taking this workshop will create a series of small, simple, and understated art quilt maps that capture the feeling of haiku written by each student during the course of the class. The instructor will guide the students through a structured yet nurturing series of steps that provides opportunities to grow and learn.

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Oct
21
to Oct 23

Mappa: Cartography on Cloth

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. 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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Oct
21
to Oct 24

Master the Screen Print

Learning to screen print on cloth is like being given a surface-design superpower. Suddenly the placement of imagery, colour, and pattern is completely within your control—as is the multiple, the working textile artist’s largest asset. This expanded four-day workshop is essential for anyone starting a silkscreen business or for those using the technique as a design element in textile projects.

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Oct
25
to Oct 27

The Inkmaker's Pen

This workshop has been expanded to three full days. Students will learn how to prepare a variety of inks from classic inkmaking traditions including iron-gall ink, pigmented ink, and a natural dye lake. Students will learn how to prepare a soluble and a waterproof binder and how to best formulate or adjust inks for particular uses.

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Oct
25
to Oct 27

The Art of Embroidery

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. 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.

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Adventures in World Textiles - Day 1

John Gillow, author and lecturer, has been combing the world for more than 40 years researching and collecting folk textiles. The fruits of his labour will be made available in three sessions, giving the participants a unique opportunity to view, handle, and study textiles from his wide-ranging collection. Many of these textiles will also be for sale.

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Oct
29
10:00 AM10:00

Adventures in World Textiles - Day 2

John Gillow, author and lecturer, has been combing the world for more than 40 years researching and collecting folk textiles. The fruits of his labour will be made available in three sessions, giving the participants a unique opportunity to view, handle, and study textiles from his wide-ranging collection. Many of these textiles will also be for sale.

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Oct
30
10:00 AM10:00

Adventures in World Textiles - Day 3

John Gillow, author and lecturer, has been combing the world for more than 40 years researching and collecting folk textiles. The fruits of his labour will be made available in three sessions, giving the participants a unique opportunity to view, handle, and study textiles from his wide-ranging collection. Many of these textiles will also be for sale.

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Oct
30
to Nov 3

Binding Time

In this workshop, we will take inspiration from the many forms of personal record-keeping to create hand-bound books using paper, fabric, inks, natural watercolours, indigo, and hand-stitching. Participants will work with both paper and fabric pages. We will dip our pages in an indigo vat, draw on them using inks and watercolours, and embroider upon them using stitched marks invoked by our own breath and bodies.

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Oct
31
to Nov 2

Bookbinding: Ancient to Modern

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.

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Nov
6
to Nov 10

Japanese Noren With Natural Dyes

In this workshop students will have an opportunity to study with master noren artist Yoko Kano and her daughter Kazuho. Yoko is well known for completing two large-scale projects: a complete set of noren for each of the historic towns of Katsuyama and Naoshima. Students will learn how Yoko approaches her collaboration with a client and be introduced to the aesthetic and history of noren design. The class will then embark on the production of their own individual noren using stitch resist (Yoko Shibori) and immersion dyes.

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Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Noren Exhibition

“Noren” is the name given to traditional Japanese cloth dividers that hang in doorways and windows. The works in this exhibit will feature both traditional and contemporary designs. Yoko is assisted by her daughter Kazuho Kano (who will also be present at the opening). Yoko and Kazuho join us from Japan.

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Nov
15
to Nov 17

Elements of Design

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.

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Nov
18
to Nov 19

Portrait in Cloth

Representing the human figure in cloth is at the heart of many folk-art traditions. Evocative, whimsical, or profound, creating a likeness is a creative pathway for exploring ideas of character and self. Students will form a human figure cut from cloth, lovingly stitched together by hand, stuffed, clothed, and embellished using a variety of materials such as fabric, threads, fabric paints, pens, beads, and buttons.

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Nov
20
to Nov 24

The Master Hatter: A Study in Hat Making

Dive deep into the hatter’s art. In this five-day workshop you will work from creative conception to finished hat. Mentored by Edie every step of the way, you will be guided through inspiration, design, styling, felt selection, fitting considerations,  selection, and use of blocks (from Edie’s own unique collection of traditional and contemporary blocks).

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Nov
22
to Nov 24

Creative Rug Hooking

Rug hooking involves the use of a hook to pull strips of fabric through an open-weave linen foundation cloth. The potential for rug hooking is extensive. Students will have many opportunities for hands-on practice and will learn through both group and individual instruction. Each participant will leave with a small piece, as well as the tools, knowledge, and resources to start the next one.

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