Textiles Workshops at Penland
Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes 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.
Enrollment for spring 2017 workshops is currently open. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment remains open until all class spaces are full or the workshop begins.
March 12 - May 5, 2017
Tommye McClure Scanlin, Flight, wool, cotton, 60 x 52 inches
Bhakti Ziek, Sisyphus: Emoticons (detail), cotton, silk, metallic
yarns, 88-1/2 x 27-1/2 inches
Tommye McClure Scanlin & Bhakti Ziek
Weaving: A Dialogue
Taught by a tapestry weaver and a Jacquard expert, this workshop will focus on image making and storytelling through weaving. Advanced weavers and novices will be encouraged to learn from each other as they explore woven structures for ways to make images. The instructors have extensive knowledge of weaving in all its forms, and we’ll explore everything (almost!) possible in a “weaverly” way. We’ll work with tapestry looms and/or floor looms. Open to weavers and artists of all types at all levels of skill. Code S00TB
Tommye: professor emerita from University of North Georgia; other teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Peters Valley (NJ); Hambidge Center Fellow; exhibitions: American Tapestry Biennial. Bhakti: studio artist; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Arizona State University, Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN); co-author of The Woven Pixel; collections: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC).
Spring One-Week Session 1
March 26 - April 1, 2017
Martha Clippinger, Licha, hand-dyed, woven wool, 72 x 48 inches
Rather than plan and execute a quilt with precise cutting and predetermined patterns, students in this workshop will use their intuition. We’ll study our fabrics, noting their colors and textures, and consider potential arrangements. During the process of piecing, participants will be encouraged to divide, add, split, shift, flip, and turn their compositions into new designs. The broken patterns and irregular symmetries of these intuitive geometries will produce quilts that are full of color, texture, and most of all, rhythm. All levels. Code S01TA
Studio artist; grants and awards: American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, Fulbright-Garcia Robles Research Grant (Mexico); residencies: MacDowell Colony (NH), Edward F. Albee Foundation (NY), Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation (NYC); representation: Elizabeth Harris Gallery (NYC).
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