Mid Island Weavers and Spinners (and other fibre enthusiasts) Guild
Monday, February 20, 2012
Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers Guild -
Tapestry Weaving Workshop
"The Value of Value"
September 20 - 23rd, 2012
Thursday to Sunday at the
Shatford Centre for the Arts
760 Main Street, Penticton
How do images come alive on a warp? What gives things the appearance of
volume? How can a collection of woolen shapes exude energy, movement and
mood? In this workshop we will study these questions and more by working
with the relationships between light, color, yarn and image.
The class begins with a series of exercises in blending and value
progression, exploring how they can be used to model form. We then apply
these principles to a cartoon based tapestry, working with pencil, paper and
wool as they train mind, eyes and hands in weaving flat objects that come
alive on a weft faced surface.
· Warp and Weft provided
· Students should bring;
1. A "Brennan Style" copper or pvc frame loom.
Other portable tapestry looms (mirrix etc)
are suitable as long as the student is comfortable and
familiar with its use. (instructions will be sent to participants
2. scissors, drawing paper, ruler or tape measure,
large eyed "tapestry" needle,
Maximum of 15 students will be accepted to the class, so register early!
4 days - $350.00 (coffee/tea & lunch provided each day)
Hi Guild members, I am the workshop coordinator for the Desert Sage Spinners and
Weavers Guild in the Okanagan, based in Oliver. We are a teaching guild of
65 members and are holding a Sarah Swett Tapestry weaving Workshop in
Penticton from September 20 - 24, 2012. I have tried to find a general
email address for the BC tapestry weavers society but it doesn't seem to be
active so I am hoping it is okay to be contacting you directly.
If you believe anyone in your society would be interested in attending this
workshop, I have attached our registration form. We are excited to have
Sarah coming our way and through grants, we are able to keep the cost
affordable. Our guild members, where possible will try to co-ordinate
billeting for out of towners. Thanks so much for forwarding this along as
appropriate ~ take care. Hilary Robertson
Saturday, February 18, 2012
|Fiona's dark lace weight and Melody's |
green fingerling weigth.
Dreamspin was great fun with at least 50 spinners from north, south and from across the water.
We had a new spinner come and try out a wheel for the first time and she was smitten with spinning.
|A close up of the 'nipples'|
|Fiona's version of 'Dark of the Morning'|
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
|Photo: Carding and spinning in Norway|
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The following are courses I am planning for this year 2012. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone whom you feel might be interested.
Learn to Weave Tapestry: May 22-25, 2012
Tapestry Weaving Inspired by Nature: June 12-15, 2012
Tapestry Weaving Inspired by the Zapotec Rug Weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico: July 10-13, 2012
Natural Dye Days: August 14 and 15, 2012
Indigo Dye Days: August 21 and 22, 2012
Tapestry Weaving, Exploring Materiality: September 25-28, 2012
Tapestry Weaving, Not for Beginners Only: October 23-26, 2012
For a complete description of the above classes, please visit my website: http://www.elaineduncan.com/classes/ . If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks very much,
Elaine Duncan Handweaving Studio
1219 Dobson Road,
Errington, BC V0R 1V0
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I went to see this on Thursday and it is well worth seeing. Heather
11 Jan 2012
fabric artist credit: Kathy & Selby Saluke
The Old School House Arts Centre kicks off its twenty-fifth anniversary year with an exhibition of west coast fabric arts. Location: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, B.C.
Fabric art has had a long history in decorative as well as functional applications. Its wide spectrum ranges from needle arts to tapestries that were not only beautiful but also kept the castle walls warm.
Modern fabric arts also involve a wide array of technique and creations. TOSH’s exhibition will highlight tapestries, quilting and appliqué by wonderfully creative fabric artists who take the simplest of materials and create magic.
Several of the artists featured in this show work in groups, such as the Mid Island Surface Design group, whose members encourage each other as they develop their technique in the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fibre and fabric. This technique involves the creative exploration of processes such as dyeing, painting, printing, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting, and papermaking. Another participating group is the local tapestry making group, Tapis, that was formed in 1993 to bring Vancouver Island tapestry weavers together to share their enthusiasm for hand-woven tapestry, partake in group projects and exhibit their work. Many of the Tapis members are internationally known artists.
We are also featuring fabric artists who exhibit individually and live in various parts of Vancouver Island. Among these artists are Laine Canivet, Paulette Cornish, Donna-Fay Digance, Susan Duffield, Cecile Jacobs , Alison Kobylnyk, Susan Purney Mark, Ionne McCauley , Christine Rivers, Marianne Sadik, Kathy & Selby Saluke , Gillian Smith, Elserine Sprenger, Jens Von Draby and Coreen Zerr.
The exhibition runs from January 16 to February 18 with an opening reception on Wednesday, January 18 at 7pm. The reception is open to everyone and is an excellent opportunity to meet many of the artists. (writeup credit: TOSH)