Friday, May 22, 2015

How to Register for the 2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium.

Registration for 2015 opens on Monday June 22 at 10am.
You can register in person at the Maiwa Supply store, by phone, or on the internet.

We’ve been doing registrations for many years and ... it’s a rush. The lineup at Maiwa Supply on Granville Island forms early. But we have a highly efficient team of Maiwa veterans to guide the process. Here are some tips for successful registration.

LECTURES: are very unlikely to sell out on the first morning, so please don’t wait in the lineup if you only want lecture tickets. 

WORKSHOPS: Patience pays off. The phones are very busy so expect to redial on the first morning. We fill all spaces on a first-come first-served basis. A certain number of spaces are divided between on-line, phone, and in-store registration. On the first day WE DO NOT TAKE FAX registrations. WE DO NOT TAKE E-MAIL registrations at any time and discourage individuals from sending credit card information through e-mail. On-line registration is available through our new website (registration.maiwa.com). Full instructions are below.

It is a good idea to have a second choice handy when you arrive or call. We maintain a waiting list and encourage people to ask to be added to it, especially in the first week. Registration confirmations will be sent by mail. Please allow 1–2 weeks for us to process your registration and another week for it to arrive through the mail. Payment is due at time of registration. 


Both the Maiwa Loft and Maiwa East are second floor locations accessed by stairs. We regret that they are not wheelchair accessible.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations on or before July 15, 2015, will be charged a $35 fee.Cancellations after July 15, 2015, receive a 50% refund.Cancellations after August 1, 2015, receive no refund. 
Students who are unable to attend a workshop may elect to send a qualified replacement if they notify Maiwa in advance. Maiwa reserves the right to cancel classes due to instructor illness, or unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event of a class cancellation, Maiwa’s liability shall be limited to a refund of class fees. Maiwa shall not be responsible for airline tickets, hotel reservations, travel costs, or other expenses.

INTERNET REGISTRATION

[UPDATE! Our registration form is presently set-up for Canadian addresses. We are changing it to accommodate international addresses. ]

We have built a new site for the Maiwa School of Textiles (AKA the Maiwa Symposium). We take payment by Mastercard, Visa, or Paypal. You can find our new site here:

registration.maiwa.com

Before 10am on June 22nd, there will be NO option to register for workshops. So, as you can see below, the "add to cart" button is missing.


That button will show up at 10am on the Monday June 22nd. Once it appears, the page will look like this:


To see the button appear the instant registration opens, you will probably need to refresh your web page. Google "refresh web page" and the web browser you are using if you don't know how to refresh a web page in your browser.

To register for a workshop select the "Add to Cart" button:


You will then have 10 minutes to select other workshops, complete your registration and check out. Here is what you will see:


Popular workshops can sell out very quickly on opening morning. If the workshop you wanted is sold out, you will see this message:


Some spaces may become available later in the morning as stock that was reserved for phone and store registrations becomes available. If you have missed a favourite workshop please keep checking on opening morning.




CREATING your ACCOUNT

To create your account before registration, click on the "login" button at the top left.


Select "create new account" and complete the form on the following page. Be certain to save your password in a safe place!






NAVIGATING the registration website.

You can sort the listings by title, instructor, price, date, etc. You will see the sort option as you cursor over the appropriate field.


You can also SEARCH for a workshop title. For example enter "dye" to find the workshops with "dye" in the title.



There is a listing menu on the left of the browser window. Symposium offerings are listed under WORKSHOPS or LECTURES AND EVENTS. You can collapse or show the list with the triangle. Clicking on the workshop title will link to the workshop.




Friday, May 15, 2015

Textile Symposium Registration

We are completing testing on a new web site to handle registration for the 2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium. In the next few weeks we will posting a complete walk-through of the new site with full instructions. This will be up in plenty of time for registration opening on June 22nd.


Workshop: Introduction to Dyes

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop Introduction to Dyes
Natalie Grambow

$350 includes 100 lab fee
November 20, 21, 22, - Class Limit 14
Maiwa East: 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver BC



This intensive three-day workshop is the perfect entry into the fascinating art of achieving colour on fabric. It is designed to be a clear and thorough introduction to the (sometimes intimidating) world of dye types and procedures.

Through a series of complete hands-on projects, students will be guided through the dye process and will gain an understanding of scouring, assists, and resists. They will also learn the advantages and strengths of the different dye types such as fibre-reactive, acid, and natural dyes. A key component of this workshop will survey the different types of fabrics, and special consideration will be given to the understanding of natural fibres.


Instructor Bio

Natalie Grambow has an extensive background in design, teaching, and textile arts. An accredited Interior Designer, she spent many years in Ottawa working within the architectural design field and teaching Design Theory. Natalie’s first deep exploration of textiles began during her Visual Arts/Photography studies at the University of Ottawa when she experimented with non-silver techniques of transferring photographic imagery onto cloth. She subsequently studied at the École d’Impression Textile à Montréal and later travelled to Asia and Latin America where she spent six months learning to weave with local Mayan weavers in Guatemala. Shortly after completing the Textile Arts program at Capilano College in 2001, she was awarded the BC Craft Association’s Award of Excellence. 


Natalie has exhibited her textile art installations in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and the Sunshine Coast. She  has also developed a line of naturally dyed and printed fabrics and has been commissioned by such clients as the city of North Vancouver. Currently living in Roberts Creek, BC, she continues her art practice and studies from her studio. 

Workshop: Bookbinding - The Artist's Book

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop Bookbinding - The Artist’s Book
Gaye Hansen

$295 includes 70 lab fee
November 19, 20, 21  - Class Limit 12
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC



One of our most popular classes—the demand for professional bookbinding instruction has been overwhelming. As more people have seen the exquisite books created in these classes, interest has grown considerably.

Both of Gaye’s bookbinding courses include fundamental binding techniques such as Japanese stab binding, corner treatments, the pamphlet stitch, the use of book cloth, and signature procedures.

As the workshop progresses, students will be taken through the steps of making a 6” x 7” hardcover book using more advanced techniques: cloth covers, sewn signatures, interleaf pages, hinges, linen tapes, and headbands. The books become personalized through add-in techniques such as sewn-in envelopes, specialty papers, blockprinting, insertions, and pockets. A wide variety of handmade and commercial papers will be used for the final project.


Instructor Bio


Gaye Hansen is the maker of books of exceptional beauty that contain intriguing wonders. She has an extensive background in bookbinding and the textile arts and has taught our popular bookbinding courses for the last eight years. She is also a master weaver who has taught weaving workshops for over 30 years. In 2002 she was chair of the Convergence Conference of the Hand Weavers Guilds of America. She has also been active with the Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild and is author of five best-selling Canadian cookbooks.

Workshop: Bookbinding - Ancient to Modern

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop Bookbinding - Ancient to Modern
Gaye Hansen

$295 includes 70 lab fee
November 16, 17, 18 - Class Limit 12
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC



This new class is an overview of bookbinding techniques and basic procedures. Students are introduced to the book arts in a casual and practical three-day format.

Both of Gaye’s bookbinding courses include fundamental binding techniques such as Japanese stab binding, corner treatments, the pamphlet stitch, the use of book cloth, and signature procedures.

Students will learn how to make an accordion book and simple effective origami books. They will progress to full instruction on a simple hard-covered journal including sewn signatures and the application of end papers and spine cloth.

The main focus of the third day is the  technique of Coptic or open-spine bookbinding, the oldest known book format. Students will learn about traditional techniques: hard covers, linen threads, cloth covers, end papers, and variations.

Throughout the three days students are exposed to a wide range of materials, equipment, and techniques including the use of decorative papers, mounting film, text pages, book cloth, etc. Time is set aside for learning through visual examples, demonstrations, personal instruction, text books, and web resources to maximize exposure to the ancient but reviving creative field of hand bookbinding.


Instructor Bio


Gaye Hansen is the maker of books of exceptional beauty that contain intriguing wonders. She has an extensive background in bookbinding and the textile arts and has taught our popular bookbinding courses for the last eight years. She is also a master weaver who has taught weaving workshops for over 30 years. In 2002 she was chair of the Convergence Conference of the Hand Weavers Guilds of America. She has also been active with the Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild and is author of five best-selling Canadian cookbooks.

Workshop: Natural Dyes - Print and Paint

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop Natural Dyes - Print and Paint
Danielle Bush & Sophena Kwon

$350 includes 100 lab fee
November 17, 18, 19 - Class Limit 14
Maiwa East: 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver BC



The ability to thicken natural dyes, tannins, and mordants opens up possibilities for creating designs on fabric that are simply not possible with immersion dyeing. Learning the art of mixing natural dyes extends this potential into new realms.

We will study the techniques of preparing natural dyes and mordants so that they can be used for direct application. The workshop will combine hand-painting with printing techniques such as blockprinting, stamping, and stenciling. Thickened dyes will be used to explore design, layout, repetition, and overlaying techniques. Students will complete original works of art on both silk and cotton fabrics. 

During this three-day workshop, students will learn how to create concentrated natural colour from raw plant material. In addition, we will explore the diverse palette of prepared dye extracts. We will work through colour mixing, formulating the perfect consistency for painting, printing, or stenciling. Students will learn how to properly set the colour for longevity. 

Instructor Bio

Danielle Bush is the manager of Maiwa Supply. Her career in textiles began with sewing and fashion studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. Upon completing courses in design, drawing, drafting, and construction, she was accepted to Maiwa Handprints to do a week-long practicum in the textiles collection. In her words, “It changed my life.” 

Since 2011 Danielle has developed and taught workshops for the Maiwa Textile Symposium.  In 2009 Danielle represented Maiwa at the International Shibori Conference held in France and in 2011 she was a facilitator for the Maiwa Natural Dye Master Class taught by Michel Garcia in Bengal, India. Danielle has a deep understanding and aptitude for dye techniques and creative process. Together with Sophena Kwon, Danielle travels to India each year where she helps manage the Maiwa studio.

Sophena Kwon has grown up with Maiwa as a family business. In 2009 she studied with Michel Garcia in France; in 2010 and 2011 she assisted with natural dye workshops in Peru and India. In 2013 Sophena assisted in natural dye troubleshooting at the Living Blue Cooperative in Bangladesh. Since 2012 she has been co-teaching with Charllotte Kwon and has helped deliver workshops at the Penland School of Craft, Canandaigua, and Shakerag.


In addition to her natural dye work, Sophena is a skilled photographer and clothing designer. Sophena travels each year with Maiwa to work with artisans throughout India

Workshop: The One Pot Palette

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop One Pot Palette
Danielle Bush & Sophena Kwon

$350 includes 95 lab fee
November 13, 14, 15,  - Class Limit 16
Maiwa East: 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver BC



This workshop will enable students to confidently explore natural dyes, conserve water and dye material, and make the most out of a small working space. The one pot palette can be done anywhere!

Together we will work with an assortment of silk and wool yarns. There are a variety of clever techniques (additive, subtractive, and exhaustive) to get a range of very different colours out of a single dyepot. Students will learn the fundamental principals of natural dyes as well as the tools and techniques to intuitively design their own one pot palette.

Discovering how to put down natural colour on natural fibres is an exciting journey that gives you endless possibilities of tone, gradation, and colour. 


Instructor Bio

Danielle Bush is the manager of Maiwa Supply. Her career in textiles began with sewing and fashion studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. Upon completing courses in design, drawing, drafting, and construction, she was accepted to Maiwa Handprints to do a week-long practicum in the textiles collection. In her words, “It changed my life.” 

Since 2011 Danielle has developed and taught workshops for the Maiwa Textile Symposium.  In 2009 Danielle represented Maiwa at the International Shibori Conference held in France and in 2011 she was a facilitator for the Maiwa Natural Dye Master Class taught by Michel Garcia in Bengal, India. Danielle has a deep understanding and aptitude for dye techniques and creative process. Together with Sophena Kwon, Danielle travels to India each year where she helps manage the Maiwa studio.

Sophena Kwon has grown up with Maiwa as a family business. In 2009 she studied with Michel Garcia in France; in 2010 and 2011 she assisted with natural dye workshops in Peru and India. In 2013 Sophena assisted in natural dye troubleshooting at the Living Blue Cooperative in Bangladesh. Since 2012 she has been co-teaching with Charllotte Kwon and has helped deliver workshops at the Penland School of Craft, Canandaigua, and Shakerag.


In addition to her natural dye work, Sophena is a skilled photographer and clothing designer. Sophena travels each year with Maiwa to work with artisans throughout India

Workshop: Advanced Rug Hooking

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop Advanced Rug Hooking
Michelle Sirois-Silver

$$295 includes 75 lab fee
November 13, 14, 15, - Class Limit 12
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC



In this workshop hand-hooking artists will expand their repertoire of materials and techniques.

Embracing a bold and expressive approach, participants will explore two- and three-dimensional forms. Students will work with alternative materials to incorporate qualities such as texture, depth, tone, and colour into their hooking. The course will cover the different methods needed to fully integrate these materials.  

Advanced rug-hooking will focus on exploration and experimentation. Students will assemble a sample book that includes materials, resources, and methods. Each day students will design and make small art pieces (6x6 inches).  These art pieces will combine the hand-hooked surface with techniques such as hand stitch, needle felt, and the fixing of metal grommets and wire. Hand-hooking will be done with a range of materials from traditional wool fabrics, synthetics, and cottons to leather.

Michelle has packed the three days as fully as possible. This is an intensive workshop designed to challenge the artist. Rug hooking experience is necessary. 


Instructor Bio

Michelle Sirois-Silver is a McGown-certified instructor who teaches rug-hooking workshops on design and colour planning in Canada and the United States.

Her work has been exhibited at fibreEssence, Contemporary Craft in BC, Surface Design Traveling Exhibition, FibreWorks Gallery, Convergence, Gibsons Fibre Arts Festival, and the Silk Purse Arts Centre. She has a Creative Arts Diploma from Vanier College, a BA Specialization in Communications from Concordia University, and a Public Relations Certificate from the University of Toronto. She studied colour theory with Michele Wipplinger and at BC Open University. Ms. Sirois-Silver first began teaching rug-hooking in 1998 and formed Big Dog Hooked Rug Designs in 2004. 
www.michellesirois-silver.com


Thursday, May 7, 2015

The IndigoSocial


On Tuesday May 5th we ran our first IndigoSocial. Organized by Sophena Kwon, the evening took place in the soon-to-be Nectar Juicery in east Vancouver. It was promoted via the Maiwa Instagram Feed and was a huge success. Be certain to follow us to see when the next IndigoSocial pops up (#indigosocial).

Participants used a variety of shibori techniques to pattern cotton scarves with a fresh indigo vat using natural indigo. Just to make things tricky ... we had no access to running water on this evening. We worked with a row of pails, using the same techniques we use when we teach in countries where water is scarce.

Here are some photos of the evening (thanks to Britney Gill for sending them on).

We freely distribute our instructions for working with indigo and woad and also our instructions and recipes for a variety of organic indigo vats.






Sophena Kwon and Danielle Bush (directly above) will also be teaching the Journey into Indigo workshop at the 2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium. Complete registration information will be posted on this blog. Registration opens June 22nd, 2015.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Workshop: The Complete Feltmaker

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop The Complete Feltmaker
Rene Evans

$$325 includes 100 lab fee
November 9, 10, 11, - Class Limit 14
Maiwa East: 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver BC



Felt is one of the oldest known forms of manipulated fibre. Felting appears coincidental with animal husbandry and produces a range of items from clothing and toys to sculpture, tents, and even industrial tools. Often an art and tradition of nomadic peoples, felting is making a worldwide resurgence and is gaining recognition.

Today the lines between feltmaking and the other textiles arts are beginning to fade. Felt is being sculptured into three-dimensional forms with multiple layers. It is being pleated and resist-dyed with shibori techniques. Industrial felts are being used to make structural furniture, while gossamer felts are becoming lighter and lighter. The nature of felt, what it is and what it can do, is being continuously challenged.

In this three-day, sample- and project-oriented workshop, students will explore the many aspects of felt. They will learn basic feltmaking techniques by working with a variety of weights and wool fibres. They will work with art felt and three-dimensional felt suitable for hats, boots, and bags or other art objects, and with lightweight and gossamer “nuno” felts. Students will then select a final project to develop one of the felting techniques covered in the workshop.


Instructor Bio


Rene Evans was born and educated in New Zealand. Rene Corder Evans has always had a love for fine wools, but it was not until she returned to weaving in 1995 that she developed a deep love and appreciation for the art of felt making. In 1996 she was introduced to the Fashion Design Program at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), graduating with a Diploma of Fashion Design in 1999. From 2001 to 2012 Rene was a Textile Instructor within the Fashion Design Program at UFV. She divided her time between creating one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces, teaching weaving at the university level, and her career as a business administrator, enjoying the challenges of all three. In 2012 Rene retired and now she spends time in New Zealand and Canada and is finding more time for textile arts.