Southwestern Weaving Techniques with Natalie Novak | The Weaving Kind Makerie

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Southwestern Weaving Techniques with Natalie Novak | The Weaving Kind Makerie

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Taught by: Natalie Novak

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

What is it about the textiles of the American Southwest that makes them so inspirational and enduring?  Although weaving is a common thread throughout all cultures of the world, this particular region is home to a great diversity of weavers and styles.  From the Navajo to the Rio Grande, from the Hopi to the Chimayo, Zapotec and beyond the work of southwestern weavers is a living tradition and in this workshop you'll learn some of the magic that brings these textiles so vibrantly to life.  Using a simple loom and tools (provided for use during the workshop), you'll begin to incorporate these ancient methods into your own modern practice.  In class we'll cover design, process and technique with a focus on weaving in the Navajo style.  While you're busy weaving we'll also take a brief journey through time to understand the practices and uncover the myths and stories of the southwestern peoples.  Discover how to elevate necessity and utility into intricate and lasting beauty through your own woven work.  


Skill Level

Students should be comfortable warping their own loom and understand the basics of weaving.


Materials to Bring

Any of your favorite weaving tools.


Materials Provided

. weaving forks/combs .
. weaving needles .
. navajo battens .
. warp yarn .
. weft yarn .
. dowels .
. string for heddles .
. illustrated instruction book .
 

About Natalie

Natalie Novak is a visual artist in Portland, OR. She has studied tapestry and Navajo style weaving at the Damascus Fiber Arts School as well as drawing and painting at the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the University of Wisconsin.

Currently Natalie weaves tapestry at her hand-built home studio and teaches this meditative craft at workshops on the west coast and beyond.  Her work draws from ancient and contemporary weaving techniques to explore a fascination with color, modern mysticism and the (super) natural world.

Natalie's workshop is sponsored by: