Textiles Workshops at Penland

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.





spring session 3

april 19 - 25, 2015


Lisa Sorrell, Bramble and the Rose, leather

Lisa Sorrell
Working with Leather

Students in this workshop will learn to identify different types of leather, cut and skive leather, and create projects using leather inlay and overlay. We’ll start with all students creating the same projects as they learn techniques. As the week progresses, students will be encouraged to use what they’ve learned to create something original. All levels. Code S03TA

Bespoke cowboy boot maker; gold medal at International Shoemaker’s Days (Germany), gold medal from The Netherlands Shoemaking Association, first place for cowboy boots at Sheridan Leather Show (WY), best artist in leather at Western Design Conference (WY), bronze award at Smithsonian Craft Show (DC); featured artist in the PBS series, “Craft in America.”







SUMMER session 1

May 24 - JUNE 5, 2015


Michael Olszewski, An Attempt, silk, linen, cotton,

horse hair interfacing, 11 x 9I inches


Michael Olszewski
Shibori: A Visual Language

Using the shibori techniques of stitching, binding, wrapping, and folding to create resists on fabric, this workshop will investigate layering and color removal through the use of acid dyes and bleaching agents. We値l further embellish the fabric痴 surface as we explore stitching as a form of mark making. Studio discussions and critiques will enable students to expand their awareness of the expressive capabilities of these combined processes. All levels. 01TA


Professor at Columbia College Chicago; former professor at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia); fellowships: National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Charitable Trusts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Polish Ministry of Culture; collections: Smithsonian Museum of American Art (DC), Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston.






Lynn Bennett Carpenter, Condensation,cotton,

lurex, mylar, ink, 11 x 8 inches


Lynn Bennett Carpenter
Freestyling: Drawing on and off the Loom

Explore both quick and slow creative processes centered on mixed-media drawing and mixed-technique weaving. Through guided explorations and self-directed investigations, students will go back and forth between drawing and weaving with the goal of opening up creative possibilities. Off the loom, students will make quick drawings to discover new forms and ideas for weaving. On the loom, students will use a variety of weaving techniques, often in combination with each other, to freestyle woven drawings. All levels. Code 01TB


Artist in residence at the Kingswood Weaving Studio at Cranbrook Schools (MI); cofounder of Namtenga Soundo Babisi, a weaving cooperative in Burkina Faso, West Africa; exhibitions: Cranbrook Art Museum (MI), 2739 Edwin Gallery (MI), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, University of Michigan, Macalaster College (MN)





SUMMER session 2

JUNE 7 - 19, 2015


Jemima Parker, Undefined Objects (detail),

hand-printed calico, sewing thread


Jemima Parker
Printacular: Screenprinting on Fabric

Screenprinting on fabric is spectacular, allowing the creation of everything from bold images to experimental layered compositions to intricate repeat designs. This workshop will explore a variety of possibilities. We値l begin by creating stencils on the screen using found-texture rubbings and hand-cut paper. Then we値l expose finely-detailed imagery using photo emulsion. Finally, we値l design and print structured repeat patterns such as brick and spot layouts on lengths of fabric. Bring T-shirts, canvas tote bags, fabrics, and garments to print on plus designs, drawings, imagery, ideas, and your imagination. All levels. Code 2TA


Studio artist, screen studio manager at Megalo Print Studio (Australia); teaching: Australian National University, Megalo Print Studio; Canberra Contemporary Art Space studio residency (Australia).






Valerie Kirk, The Brian Schmidt Tapestry,

cotton warp, wool weft,

94-3/4 x 47-1/4 inches


Valerie Kirk
Tapestry Weaving: Drawing on Place

This workshop will demystify the process of designing and weaving tapestry. Students will work from their own ideas to produce an individual tapestry. We値l also work collaboratively to create a piece reflecting the place where we are working. Producing the group design will demonstrate a process suitable for developing community tapestry projects. We値l also weave samples to explore technical and aesthetic possibilities. And we値l cover the tools needed for translating image to weaving. Throughout the workshop we値l explore the subject of place as a way of conceptualizing and imaging in a personal and expressive way.All levels. Code 02TB


Head of textiles at Australian National University; Australian Capital Territory Creative Arts fellowship; collections: National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), Canberra Museum and Art Gallery (Australia).



All workshops in Session 2 will be taught by artists

from Australian National University.









SUMMER session 3

JUNE 21 - July 3 2015


Justin LeBlanc, Love Without Boundaries,

mohair, printed cotton, black wool knit,

cotton jersey with latex treatment

(Photo: David Grant)


Justin LeBlanc
Experimental Patternmaking

This workshop will be a fast-paced exploration of patternmaking, starting with basic principles and leading up to a more experimental approach, including volume exploration, material choices, darts placement, and silhouetting the garment. By the end of the workshop, students will have a basic understanding of the different techniques of patternmaking and be able to apply them to garments of their own design.Basic sewing skills required. Code 03TA


Assistant professor at North Carolina State University; Charleston Fashion Week People痴 Choice Award, GlaxoSmithKline fellowship; publications: Marie Claire, Designlife, RedEye Chicago, Walter Magazine; finalist on Project Runway Season 12.






Andrea Donnelly, The Weaver痴 Bench, cotton,

painted with textile pigment and woven, 130 x 192 inches


Andrea Donnelly
Painting with Thread

Explore the unique mark-making capacity of the hand loom from the dual perspective of painter and weaver. The possibilities of the collaboration between loom and artist痴 hand will open your mind. You値l learn a variety of on- and off-loom warp-painting techniques using both dye and pigment on a small and manageable scale. And you値l gain insights that will help you go as big as you can imagine with these techniques. You値l leave class with a completed personal project and a series of technical reference samples.Students must be able to warp a floor-loom unassisted. Code 03TB



Studio artist, owner of Little Fool Textiles; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University; 2014 Brandford Eliot Award for Excellence in Fiber Arts; exhibitions: Quirk Gallery (VA), Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design (NC), Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Taubman Museum (VA).





SUMMER session 4

July 5 - 17, 2015



Jason Pollen, Barrio, canvas, silk, pigment, dye, thread,

42 x 42 inches


Jason Pollen
Contemplative Cloth

This workshop will focus on an experiential, practice-based approach to creating contemplative textile artwork. Our tools will be mark-making, painting with acrylics, monoprinting, and hand and machine stitching. Instruction, daily discussions, and critiques will emphasize the fundamentals of design, the enhancement of skills, and the clearing away of impediments on your creative journey. The aim is to open to a deeper, authentic, visual voice熔ne that is eager to communicate, to delight, to surprise, and to challenge. All levels. Code 04TA


Studio artist; former professor and chair of fibers at Kansas City Art Institute; Penland School Outstanding Artist Educator, president emeritus of the Surface Design Association, fellow of the America Craft Council; collections: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS).




Bhakti Ziek, Rain, silk, cotton, rayon, metallic yarn,

indigo dye, 64-1/2 x 81 inches


Bhakti Ziek
Learn to Weave

Weaving is an act of alchemy that transforms the chaos of individual threads into a pliable plane of fabric. This workshop will take you through the mysteries of using a floor loom, introducing you to a practice that can continue to evolve in an infinite number of directions. Whether you want to make functional cloth, art, or learn for the sake of curiosity, this class will give you a sound basis for all your weaving projects. Beginning level. Code 04TB



Studio artist; teaching: Art Institute of Chicago, Maiwa Textiles Symposium (Vancouver), Philadelphia University, Arrowmont (TN), Haystack (ME), Savannah College of Art and Design (GA); exhibitions: Fuller Craft Museum (MA), Bennington Museum (VT), Cranbrook Museum (MI), Aidron Duckworth Art Museum (NH), Woven Fiber House (PA).





SUMMER session 5

July 19 - August 4, 2015


Aaron McIntosh, The Bear, shredded gay erotica,

crazy quilting, bedspread, felt, velvet, plaster,

wood, 63 x 34 x 31 inches


Aaron McIntosh
Piecework: Expanded Forms

This workshop catapults the quilt into expanded forms such as sculpture, architecture, installation, garments, performance, writing, and image-based media. After a crash-course in piecework, patterns, and quilting, we値l learn about armatures, stuffed-work, and flat-patterning. We値l also explore the possibilities of embedding images and narratives through appliqu, embroidery, and various DIY surface design techniques. Students will investigate their relationship to the quilt and respond with activations of surface, space, and time through a sustained project over the length of the session.All levels. Code 05TA


Teacher of fibers at Maryland Institute College of Art; recent exhibitions: 轍ueer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community at Leslie-Lohman Museum (NYC), 溺an-Made: The Masculine Aesthetic in Contemporary Quiltmaking at Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles).









No class in second-floor textiles this session. The studio will be used for Christina Shmigel’s workshop Getting to Audacity.


SUMMER session 6

August 9 - 21, 2015


Ann Coddington Exuviate, twined linen,

hand-knotted netting, 48 x 12 x 10 inches


Ann Coddington
Twining: Basketry as Sculpture

This workshop will approach basketry as a nonfunctional sculptural process capable of expressing ideas and carrying meaning beyond the utilitarian aspects of traditional twining. In addition to using waxed linen and spring twine, we値l experiment with twined reed structures, netting, and open twining. Most importantly we値l connect, interact, share, express, learn from each other, create, and have fun. All levels. Code 06TA


Associate professor at Eastern Illinois University; other teaching: Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), National Basketry Organization; exhibitions: Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati), Craft Alliance (St. Louis), 9th International Fiber Biennial at Snyderman Works Gallery (Philadelphia), SOFA New York.








Vicki Essig, Untitled, handwoven silk, antique text

with handmade paper and twigs, stitched,

12 x 12 x 2 inches


Vicki Essig
So Much to Say

In this weaving class we値l use historical and personal artifacts to create stories in handwoven cloth, building a visual journal. Collected objects will be deconstructed, transforming memories and dialogue into materials for weaving. We値l gather further ideas through journaling exercises and exploration of the Penland campus. And we値l discuss weave structure and finishing techniques for individual projects. The combination of traditional weaving and alternative materials offers infinite possibilities for both beginning and advanced students.All levels. Code 06TB



Studio artist; teaching: Penland; exhibitions: Philadelphia Museum Craft Show, Baltimore and Atlanta ACC shows, Lark and Key (NC), Blue Spiral (NC) River Gallery (TN); collector痴 choice award at Washington Craft Show, people痴 choice award at Piedmont Crafts Fair (NC); collections: Fidelity Investments (Boston).






SUMMER session 7

August 23 - 29, 2015


Leigh Anne Hilbert, Purse, waxed canvas, india ink

on natural canvas, leather, brass hardware,

16 x 12 x 6 inches


Leigh Anne Hilbert
Accessories: Surface Design & Construction

Accessories play a vital role in fashion as both utilitarian and beautiful objects. In this workshop, students will work with a variety of materials to complete bags, belts, and scarves. We値l experiment with pattern and simple color to create the surfaces we値l use to build pieces from the ground up. Surface design techniques will include dyeing, painting, and stamping on fabric and leather with both traditional and found tools and materials. Construction techniques will include machine and hand sewing and hardware applications.All levels. Code 07TA



Studio artist, owner of Overlap Sewing Studio (NC) and The DryGoods Shop (NC); teaching: University of California-Berkeley theater and dance department, Creativity Explored (CA); costume design/build: San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet; exhibitions: City Art (CA), CellSpace (CA), Southern Exposure (CA), The Budget Gallery (CA).




Adrienne Sloane, Line of Fire, knit wire,

74 x 79 x 55 inches


Adrienne Sloane
Knitting a Life

Students in this workshop will develop a personal language of form by experimenting with knitting fundamentals to uncover the enormous possibilities of three-dimensional knit. By manipulating stitches and solving knitting geometry, students will learn to think knit. We値l cover ways to create shape and stability, including the use of wire and fiber stiffeners. We値l start by expanding technical skills and then work on sculpting body forms. For inspiration, we値l discuss the work of artists who use knitting as a means of creative expression.Students must be proficient in basic knitting techniques. Code 07TB



Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Haystack (ME), Split Rock (MN), North Country Studio Workshops (NH); collections: Philadelphia Museum, Goldstein Museum of Design (MN), American Textile History Museum (MA); publications: The Culture of Knitting by Joanne Turney, Knitting Art (Voyageur Press).