Registration opens June 19th, 2017 at 10am (Pacific time).
September 2017 Workshops
October 2017 Workshops
There are a handful of items traditionally made to display marlinespike skills. These include the sailor’s ditty bag, sea chest handles (“beckets”), and bell lanyards. Pieces may be simple or elaborate but are usually fancy samplers. This two-day workshop will focus on small projects such as mats and lanyards. Some time will be given to basic knots and splices, but the majority of effort will be centred on marlinespike techniques.
John Gillow, author and lecturer, has been combing the world for more than forty 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.
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.
“being (t)here” is an intensive site-specific philosophical practice, sifting the poetics of place through immersion in the local landscape. Each class is tailored to exploring its particular locality but also covers the fundamentals of bundle-dyeing on both textiles and paper. Though we work small, the techniques learned may be applied to larger projects when participants return to their own studios.
Immerse yourself in a three-day workshop on Islamic geometric design with Eric Broug. In his most comprehensive educational event yet, you will take your knowledge of pattern and design to the next level.
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.
The beauty of Islamic geometric designs and the breathtaking skill of the craftspeople who created them are admired the world over. The intricacy and artistry of the patterns can seem almost beyond the powers of human ingenuity.
November 2017 Workshops
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.
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.
Dyeing with mushrooms is a relatively new technique in the world of natural dyes. While only a small proportion of wild mushrooms yield usable pigments, those that do provide a lovely rainbow of warm, earthy colours.
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 intensive four-day workshop is the perfect entry into the fascinating art of achieving colour on fabric. It is designed to be a clear and thorough introduction to the (sometimes intimidating) world of dye types and procedures.
One of our most popular classes—the demand for professional bookbinding instruction has been overwhelming. As more people have seen the exquisite books created in these classes, interest has grown considerably.
Soapmaking is a blend of basic chemistry, medicine, aromatherapy, and art. One of the most exciting aspects of this craft is the incorporation of natural dye plants—both as colourants and as medicinals.
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 geometric pattern on a field of cloth. Bonnie will teach with reference to both contemporary and historic pieces from the Maiwa Collection.
Learn about making your own black mixes using fibre-reactive Procion MX pure primary dyes. We will create the ever elusive neutral blacks that gradate to neutral greys, warm blacks that gradate to pinky lavender, cool blacks that gradate to steely blue, and grunge blacks that gradate to greenish hues.
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.
Those who ponder the space-time continuum realize that one possibility (for an expanding universe) is that space-time is hyperbolic. Modeling hyperbolic geometry in three dimensions is surprisingly difficult—unless, that is, you know some simple crochet stitches.