Challenge the traditional approach as you explore three-dimensional tapestry weaving. Explore a range of techniques which play with the structure of the tapestry, creating shapes and distorting warp and weft.
This course will introduce you to the creative potential of three-dimensional tapestry weaving. For intermediate or advanced weavers, you will experiment with a range of techniques to explore the structure of tapestry.
We will start by taking inspiration from some of the tapestry and fibre artists of the 60s and 70s who pushed the boundaries of tapestry weaving, constructing some challenging and innovative work. We will examine their materials and techniques as well as their sculptural approach.
The aim of the workshop is to encourage you to be experimental and challenge the traditional approach to weaving. You will learn how to think through and plan your tapestry experiments before going on to look at different ways of warping your loom. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of techniques which play with the structure of tapestry weaving: creating slits and holes, pulling and distorting both warp and weft, adding extra warps, weaving shaped tapestry or creating a tapestry vessel. We will also consider how these structures will be finished and presented.
You will be encouraged to develop samples relating to your interests and personal line of enquiry which will be supported by tutor's samples, demonstrations, discussions and visual materials. By the end of the workshop you should expect to have completed 2 or 3 samples exploring a range of techniques, giving you confidence to go on to further experimentations in weave.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, Fiona divides her time between teaching, weaving commissions and working for exhibitions. Exhibiting regularly in UK and internationally, building up a special relationship with artists all over the world. Winning awards from the Scottish Arts Council, Sasakawa & Dawia Foundations and Theo Moorman Trust.