How would our ancestors weave without complex machines we now think we cannot work without?
While most of us enjoy the digital advantages of the 21st century through using the endless supply of gadgets I am fascinated with the task how we can simplify ideas, take part in activities without investing into expensive machines and tools? I offer this workshop in which we will make the simple tools we need ourselves, and create work with them.
The process is designed to lead participants back to the beginning of time, simplify and therefore empower their creative thinking to locate easily available materials to apply in a specific task. We will make simple looms/weaving frames from found or up cycled materials such as cardboard, wood, or twigs from the woods. We will dress them with vertical threads, called warp. For the weft, which is the horizontal threads woven into the warp we can use threads and any other materials: I will encourage everyone to go imaginative and find materials, such as feathers, leaves, pebbles, shells, or manmade items such as cassette tapes, wire, plastic carrier bags, or old T-shirts to weave with. You may wish to arrive with some of these while I’ll have a selection available for you. I will offer one-on-one support, and demonstrate easily adaptable techniques all along the way. This includes finishing processes too, which is to secure the work when it is taken off the weaving frame.
The entire process can be as slow or quick as individuals make it, and some will end up experimenting with different ideas and outcomes while other may spend more time with detailed pieces.
With this workshop I intend to inspire my students: through noticing available resources, making, and being experimental, I wish to reinforce or reintroduce the idea of creative thinking and making. I hope those attending the workshop will apply and translate what they learnt into their own lives.
Weave I believe is meditative; it helps practitioners to calm their pace and mind while bringing people together through discussions and exchange, all of which are quite important in our fast world.
Brief history of weave: the way it evolved over the centuries, the significance of it in the 21st century and on human brain activity, introduction of artists who use weave as a non-functional art form or designers employing weave in their functional work.
An introduction to weave vocabulary, tools and the technique.
Introduction of the creative process ahead.
Make of looms/weaving frame using creative solutions.
Weaving weft into warp to experiment and make works. This includes making weft threads from found materials as well as using ready-made threads.
Finishing processes to stabilise works.
Group discussion about works made. Reflection and feedback.
Next available date: Saturday & Sunday 8th-9th June 2019
Time: Sat 1:30-6pm, Sun 12:30-5pm
Where: Whitefriars Studios, Whitefriars Ave, HA3 5RN
Transport: Bakerloo line, overground, and fast train from Euston (in 13mins) to Harrow & Wealdstone
Price: £210 p/p; includes all materials, snacks and refreshments
Enquires and sign up: email
The group is kept small so that everyone gets requited time and support during the workshop. For private classes please email.
To book 50% deposit is required to secure your place on the workshop. It is non-refundable however it can be transferred to another workshop date should your plans change. The remaining 50% is payable before the workshop start time; you will receive confirmation of both payments being received and a place kept for you. Payments to be made via bank transfer.
Other available dates: Saturday & Sunday 20th-21st July, 17th-18th Aug 2019
Future dates: email