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May Special Session Textiles

Textiles – May Special Session
May 1-6, 2022
Amanda Thatch
Handweaving: Foundations and Exploration

This workshop will explore both the practical and poetic aspects of creating unique cloth by hand, an activity that interlaces material, time, and attention. With an emphasis on creating samples, students will get comfortable with the skills of planning a project, winding a warp, dressing a floor loom, and weaving cloth. Along the way we’ll explore why handweaving is relevant in a world of fast fashion, learn about weavers who have come before us, and understand how color, material, and structure can create meaning. Our tools will connect us to the past, and through our work and ideas, we’ll discover the contemporary possibilities of handweaving. All levels; beginners encouraged. Lower textiles studio.

Note: this workshop takes place in a second-floor walk-up studio that has partial access by a stair lift.

Textile, book, and paper artist; former textile studio coordinator at Penland; teaching: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Arrowmont (TN); fellowships: Winterthur Library and Museum Maker-Creator Fellowship (DE), Penland Core Fellowship; exhibitions: Ruth Davis Design Gallery (WI), Corr Gallery (MT), Turchin Center (NC), Centro de las Artes de San Agustín (Mexico).

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Amanda Thatch, Wait (Summer), handwoven cloth, silk, Tencel, natural dyes; warp ikat, 24 x 40 inches
Amanda Thatch, Wait (Summer), handwoven cloth, silk, Tencel, natural dyes; warp ikat, 24 x 40 inches