Textiles Workshops at Penland
Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include tapestry weaving, sewing, knitting, quilting, surface design, natural dyes, shibori, basketry, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.
Enrollment for spring 2018 workshops is currently open.
Spring 8-Week Concentration
March 11 - May 4, 2018
Amara Hark-Weber, Untitled Gold and Black,
buffalo, and cow leathers, thread, ladies size 8-1/2
From Shoes to Boots: Footwear 101
This workshop will walk you through the basics of footwear construction, patterning, and finishing—and everything in between. Each student will design, pattern, click, close, last, and finish each of their own pairs of shoes or boots. We’ll cover three assembly techniques: we’ll start with cemented shoes, move to pegged shoes, and then we’ll cover hand welting. The workshop will be taught through demonstrations and individual instruction. Be prepared to work hard and be forgiving, as shoemaking is not for the faint of heart. Strong hands are encouraged; a strong will is necessary. All levels. Note: this workshop is taught in a third-floor walk-up studio. Studio fee: $215. Code S00TA
Custom shoemaker; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Quest University (British Columbia), University of Wisconsin-Madison, and privately; William R. French and Jerome fellowships, Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, 2017 Rare Craft Fellowship.
Spring 1-Week Session 1
March 25 - 31, 2018
Jane Callender, Study Sample, indigo on cotton, 16 x 11 inches
In this workshop students will engage in the multifaceted art form that is shibori, creating resists and dyeing in three different indigo vats to exploit indigo’s exceptional capabilities. (Additional dyes will also be available.) Through simple geometry and pattern planning, we’ll explore the many textures and pattern variables possible with stitched shibori. We’ll also cover itajime, cylinder wrapping, binding, and reserving, learning to engineer them in isolation and in combination with stitching to produce unique samples using natural fiber fabrics. A time of personal observation, interpretation, and study will bring the workshop to a close. Students should have basic hand stitching skills. Second-floor walk-up studio. Studio fee: $40. Code S01TB
Studio artist, owner of Callishibori; teaching: Maiwa Symposium (Vancouver), Kuwait Arts and Textile Association, Aranya Natural (India); London Arts Board individual craftsman award; author of 2000 Pattern Combinations and Stitched Shibori.
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