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 fall 2016 and 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.
SUMMER session 7
August 28 - September 3, 2016
Katherine Diuguid, The Lake House (detail), digitally printed cotton
sateen and silk organza, cotton embroidery threads, metal
Embroidering Impressions of Nature
Students in this workshop will learn the color theory ideas used by the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters and the color techniques of embroiderers throughout history. Both traditional and nontraditional embroidery techniques will be presented, and students will have the opportunity to interpret the beautiful surroundings of Penland, blending the painter’s ideas with the embroiderer’s tools and techniques. All levels. Code 07TA
Assistant professor at North Carolina State University; other teaching: Contemporary Arts Museum (NC); two Embroiderers’ Guild of America Legacy scholarships; exhibitions: Embroiderers’ Guild of America (TX, FL), Embroiderers’ Association of Canada; publications: NeedleArts, Embroidery.
Geoffrey Gorman, Occidentalis is Hungry, mixed-media, found
objects, 41 x 41 x 15 inches
The Soul of Forgotten Materials
This workshop will cover innovative ways to create structures and forms using organic, found, and recycled materials. Students will learn to use photographs and sketches to design large sculpture. We’ll carve rigid foam to make armatures, use wire for joinery, and create accents with old hardware. Materials might include canvas, bike tires, old metal objects, and anything students bring with them. We’ll consider how to build something interesting while still creating objects with structural integrity. We’ll use simple chemicals to create patinas on a variety of metals. All levels: experience with hand tools and small power tools will be helpful. Code 07TB Note: this workshop will take place in the flex studio.
Studio artist; workshop teacher for ten years; exhibitions: Craft Alliance (St. Louis), Cheongju International Craft Biennial (Korea), Jane Sauer Gallery (NM); collections: Racine Art Museum (WI), University of Colorado.
September 25 - November 18, 2016
Rachel Meginnes, 100 lb, pulled thread embroidery, vintage
feedsack, various cotton fabrics, acrylic, India ink, 32 x 32 inches
The Thread Between
All aspects of life inform the work we make, and harnessing this knowledge is key to developing a clear artistic voice. Exploring everything in the textiles studio from woven structures to dyed and manipulated surfaces, students will have access to new methods and materials as they are guided through exercises that support artistic development. The workshop will include readings, writing, discussions, presentations, and one-on-one consultations. This class is designed for students eager to develop a studio practice and a serious body of work; artists working in other media who are interested in working with fiber are encouraged to enroll. All levels. Code F00TB
Studio artist; teaching: Earlham College (IN), Haywood Community College (NC), Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), Penland; residencies: Jentel (WY), Glen Lake Arts Association (MI), Penland School resident artist; collections: Fidelity (NC), Cameron Art Museum (NC); representation: Blue Spiral (NC).
Fall One-Week Session 1
October 9 - 15, 2016
Peg Gignoux, Wrap Scarves (detail), hand-dyed silk, textile ink,
13 x 72 inches
Wrap Your Head Around It
Transform acres of silk into hand-dyed art scarves. Add in original poetry and patterns. Print, cut, stitch, and release! In this workshop we’ll create about two hundred head wraps that will be given to women living with and surviving cancer. Together we’ll consider the scarf as canvas, as talisman, as dialogue. We’ll explore words and graphics funneled through basic dyeing, printing, and piecing techniques. And we’ll talk about how pop-up studio practices can allow the artist to work in unconventional spaces and reach hidden communities. All levels. Code F01TA
Studio artist; teaching: Elon University (NC); community projects: Duke Hospital (NC), Mint Museum (NC), North Carolina Museum of Art, Chapel Hill Public Arts (NC), Greensboro Public Libraries (NC), North Carolina Public Schools; collections: Fidelity Investments; representation: Light Art + Design (NC).
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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