Exploring Alternative Weaving Materials with Lucy Poskitt: The Weaving Kind Makerie

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Exploring Alternative Weaving Materials with Lucy Poskitt: The Weaving Kind Makerie

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Taught by: Lucy Poskitt

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Friday, October 20 : morning
Friday, October 20 : afternoon
Saturday, October 21 : morning
Saturday, October 21 : afternoon
 

This workshop is for anyone - the seasoned weaver or absolute beginner. Working on individual looms, we’ll explore how to use and manipulate alternative and re-purposed materials in our weaving practices to create visual interest and texture. With the belief that unusual and unexpected supplies spark creativity, I hope that this experimental and free-form approach to weaving will help you discover a new addition to your creative process, (or perhaps get you out of a creative rut!) and give you new resources for future projects.

This workshop is meant to be quite loose and exploratory in its layout as well – we’ll go wherever the material wants us to! Starting off with a quick review of basic weaving techniques and how to manipulate them to the advantage of unusual materials, we’ll then move in to the hands-on portion of this workshop where you will get to make, play and discover. We’ll also discuss the ethics behind using re-purposed supplies and how we can create meaning and intention in our work with alternative material weaving.


Skill Level

no experience necessary


Materials to Bring

. needle(s) .
. comb .
. shed stick .


Materials Provided

All kinds of weird and wonderful supplies will be at your disposal: natural and repurposed materials, industrial offcuts, items found in nature and more!  Past workshops have included things like: porcupine quills, horsehair, leather & sheepskin scraps, bark, wood, shells, fabric, film, mylar, rope, twine, photographs, paper, lace, sequins, beads... etc! Basically anything that's NOT yarn ;) Extra scissors, warp thread and shed sticks will be on hand for those of you that need them.

A simple loom will be provided for use during the workshop.


About Lucy

Vancouver-born, Victoria-based textile artist Lucy Poskitt is a contemporary weaver walking the line between traditional image-based tapestry and yardage weaving. Working with a looser and more experimental hand, Lucy draws inspiration from local landscapes and lore - especially the ambiguous stories and symbols we use to explain our place in this world. Lucy studied within the Interdisciplinary Program of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and the New York Studio Program, focusing on several disciplines: weaving, art history, printmaking and installation art – all which inform her tapestry work and teaching philosophy today. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally and she has taught tapestry workshops to hundreds of students with her relaxed, patient and exploratory teaching style.

Lucy's workshop is sponsored by: