March: Introduction to Ikat with Mary Zicafoose

This studio workshop teaches the precise and sequential steps required for creating weft-faced Ikat tapestries and rugs, as well as warp ikat fabric. Students warp a loom, plan a sampler, and learn to measure, stretch, wrap, dye, unwrap, and weave the Ikat weft and warp. While technically challenging, the results are dramatic and inspire many creative possibilities. This weft oriented wrapping and dye process in conjunction with on-loom embellishment techniques is rarely taught or explored in depth.
Mary’s fascination with pattern and ethnic cloth began as a child, with a scrap of Pacific Island fabric given to her by a favorite aunt. After many formative years of art schooling and teaching, Mary somewhat surprisingly found herself behind a loom. She has spent the last 22 years in pursuit of visual surprise on the flat woven “rug” surface, through dye processes, tapestry techniques, and intriguing color play.

May: Color in Cloth: The Weaves You Want and Why with Cameron Taylor-Brown

IMG_1594Weave structures mix color in very different ways. How do we determine what weaves are “right” for what we have in mind? View weavings from inspiration museum textile collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Cooper-Hewitt in New York, supplemented by images and woven samples from Cameron’s own stash. Explore a wide range of weaving across different cultures and time periods and closely examine how weave choices dramatically affect our perception of color in cloth. Make samples that use a variety of weave structures to mix colors for specific visual effects, and create an original design with your new weave and color vocabulary.
Cameron Taylor-Brown has immersed herself in the worlds of fiber, education and commerce since the 1970s. Since 1985, Taylor-Brown has lived in Los Angeles where she maintains a studio and is active in several arts organizations. She was a founding board member of the Textile Group of Los Angeles and she recently founded ARTSgarage, a textile resource center in Los Angeles.

August: Lustrous Linens – Weaving Linens with Success with Kati Meek

Date(s): August 18, 19, and 20, 2017
Time(s): TBD
Location: Textile Center
3000 University Avenue Southeast, Suite #110
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414, United States
Description: Participants bring looms warped according to instructions provided and learn easy and revolutionary techniques for successful weaving with fine linen and cotton threads, beginning with warping with the Trapeze, progressing through ambidextrous threading and sleying from the center out, weaving with ‘live weight’ tension, and fine tuning the equipment and the weaver for easy, successful and lustrous linens. Mini-sessions are included on Lithuanian linen towels, warp building and finishing linens. This is a weave-on-your-own-loom and exchange, for a beginning linen notebook. The emphasis of this workshop is the process of weaving with special attention on healthy body mechanics. 18-24 hours, to 15 participants with basic weaving skills.
Skill Level: Adventurous beginner to Advanced
Registration and details TBA.