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Textiles Fall Concentration

Textiles Fall Concentration
September 22 – November 15, 2019
Bhakti Ziek
The Vocabulary of Weaving

Weaving can take many forms—from functional to purely aesthetic—that share the distinctive vocabulary of the medium. We’ll explore the language of weaving, using the floor loom as our primary vehicle. The workshop will include clear instructions on how to set up a loom and weave, and we’ll cover any weave structures students are interested in—double weave, waffleweave, overshot, weft brocade, summer and winter, and tapestry are some possibilities. We’ll investigate color interaction, varied materials, texture, density, pattern, and conceptual ideas. The use of weave software and natural dyes  will be introduced early in the session. We’ll cover dye processes relevant to weaving, such as immersion dyeing, woven shibori, ikat, and painted warps. Bring curiosity, patience, and a willingness to explore, and we’ll tap the potential of weaving to be a transformative experience full of magic and insight into the connectedness of all things. Guest instructor Cyndy Barbone will join us for one week. All levels. NOTE: Textiles workshops are taught in walk-up studios accessible by a stair lift. Code F00TB

Studio artist; teaching: Arizona State University, University of Kansas, Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Haystack (ME), Penland; recent exhibitions: Rijswick Biennial 2019 (The Netherlands), deCordova Museum Biennial 2019 (MA); collections: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), US Embassy in Mauritania, Princeton University (NJ); co-author of The Woven Pixel and Weaving on a Backstrap Loom.

woven piece incorporating text and bold geometric shapes
Bhakti Ziek, detail of "2018," silk