Textile Workshops at Penland
Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week workshops 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.
Textiles Spring Concentration
March 6 -April 29, 2022
Body as Armature
Using ourselves as inspiration and armature, we’ll create objects for the body by following the basic principles of the scientific method: observe, collect, measure, experiment, hypothesize, test, and modify. Our sculptural forms will connect conceptually and physically to the body as metaphoric and literal extensions of the self. Starting with the idea that a stitch is a hole—in any material—connected to another hole with something functioning as thread, we’ll explore inventive methods of creating form, including additive textile techniques (stitching, knitting, coiling, weaving, bobbin lace), and casting and then deconstructing materials (cutting, drilling, etc.) to turn them into pliable cloth. We’ll discover how to wear new materials as we mine the personal meaning behind them. All levels.
Note: This workshop takes place in a second-floor, walk-up studio that is made partially accessible by a stair lift.
Studio artist, assistant director of galleries at Chautauqua Institution (NY); teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (CO); residencies: McColl Center for Visual Art (NC), STARworks (NC), ABK Weaving Center (WI), Platte Forum (CO); exhibitions: Form & Concept Gallery (NM), Dorsky Gallery (NYC), Kent State University Museum (OH), Fiberart International 2019 (PA); commissions: costumes for Charlotte Ballet (NC); collections: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (CA).
Textiles – May Special Session
May 1-6, 2022
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).