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 fall 2016 and spring 2017 workshops is currently open. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment remains open until all class spaces are full or the workshop begins.




Fall Concentration
September 25 - November 18, 2016

Rachel Meginnes, 100 lb, pulled thread embroidery, vintage

feedsack, various cotton fabrics, acrylic, India ink, 32 x 32 inches

Rachel Meginnes
The Thread Between

All aspects of life inform the work we make, and harnessing this knowledge is key to developing a clear artistic voice. Exploring everything in the textiles studio from woven structures to dyed and manipulated surfaces, students will have access to new methods and materials as they are guided through exercises that support artistic development. The workshop will include readings, writing, discussions, presentations, and one-on-one consultations. This class is designed for students eager to develop a studio practice and a serious body of work; artists working in other media who are interested in working with fiber are encouraged to enroll. All levels. Code F00TB

Studio artist; teaching: Earlham College (IN), Haywood Community College (NC), Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), Penland; residencies: Jentel (WY), Glen Lake Arts Association (MI), Penland School resident artist; collections: Fidelity (NC), Cameron Art Museum (NC); representation: Blue Spiral (NC).






Fall One-Week Session 1
October 9 - 15, 2016

Peg Gignoux, Wrap Scarves (detail), hand-dyed silk, textile ink,

13 x 72 inches

Peg Gignoux
Wrap Your Head Around It

Transform acres of silk into hand-dyed art scarves. Add in original poetry and patterns. Print, cut, stitch, and release! In this workshop we値l create about two hundred head wraps that will be given to women living with and surviving cancer. Together we値l consider the scarf as canvas, as talisman, as dialogue. We値l explore words and graphics funneled through basic dyeing, printing, and piecing techniques. And we値l talk about how pop-up studio practices can allow the artist to work in unconventional spaces and reach hidden communities. All levels. Code F01TA

Studio artist; teaching: Elon University (NC); community projects: Duke Hospital (NC), Mint Museum (NC), North Carolina Museum of Art, Chapel Hill Public Arts (NC), Greensboro Public Libraries (NC), North Carolina Public Schools; collections: Fidelity Investments; representation: Light Art + Design (NC).





Spring Concentration
March 12 - May 5, 2017

Tommye McClure Scanlin, Flight, wool, cotton, 60 x 52 inches


Bhakti Ziek, Sisyphus: Emoticons (detail), cotton, silk, metallic

yarns, 88-1/2 x 27-1/2 inches

Tommye McClure Scanlin & Bhakti Ziek
Weaving: A Dialogue

Taught by a tapestry weaver and a Jacquard expert, this workshop will focus on image making and storytelling through weaving. Advanced weavers and novices will be encouraged to learn from each other as they explore woven structures for ways to make images. The instructors have extensive knowledge of weaving in all its forms, and we値l explore everything (almost!) possible in a 努eaverly way. We値l work with tapestry looms and/or floor looms. Open to weavers and artists of all types at all levels of skill. Code S00TB

Tommye: professor emerita from University of North Georgia; other teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Peters Valley (NJ); Hambidge Center Fellow; exhibitions: American Tapestry Biennial. Bhakti: studio artist; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Arizona State University, Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN); co-author of The Woven Pixel; collections: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC).






















Spring One-Week Session 1
March 26 - April 1, 2017

Martha Clippinger, Licha, hand-dyed, woven wool, 72 x 48 inches


Martha Clippinger
Intuitive Geometries

Rather than plan and execute a quilt with precise cutting and predetermined patterns, students in this workshop will use their intuition. We値l study our fabrics, noting their colors and textures, and consider potential arrangements. During the process of piecing, participants will be encouraged to divide, add, split, shift, flip, and turn their compositions into new designs. The broken patterns and irregular symmetries of these intuitive geometries will produce quilts that are full of color, texture, and most of all, rhythm. All levels. Code S01TA

Studio artist; grants and awards: American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, Fulbright-Garcia Robles Research Grant (Mexico); residencies: MacDowell Colony (NH), Edward F. Albee Foundation (NY), Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation (NYC); representation: Elizabeth Harris Gallery (NYC).