Sunday, April 29, 2012

WORKSHOP Weaving: Inspiration from the Sari


Weaving: Inspiration from the Sari
Jane Stafford

$395 (includes $90 lab fee) class limit 12
October 23-26 (Tue-Fri) 10am–4pm
Maiwa Loft, Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada



In January of 2011 Jane Stafford travelled to India with the Maiwa Foundation and had the great privilege of observing some of India’s finest Sari weavers. This workshop has been created based on the extraordinary pieces that Jane brought back.

Jane writes: “While there we ate delicious food, but the greatest feast was for the eyes. Everywhere I looked I saw magnificent coloured and textured saris. These magnificent pieces have inspired the menu of fabrics in this workshop.

“The main course will be supplementary warps used to create patterned borders on a bed of plain weave. The stripe is the side dish combined with double weave, and the whole meal is garnished with sequins.”

Come spend four days discovering one of Indias greatest delicacies ... the sari.

Indian sweets will be served daily, mmmm good!

Students in this workshop need to have solid weaving technique and an eight-shaft table loom. During the workshop students will migrate from loom to loom creating samples of six different fabrics. Students will receive their warps, weft materials, and detailed supply list one month prior to the workshop and must arrive with their looms fully dressed and ready to go.

Instructor Bios

Jane Stafford spent seven years at the Banff School of Fine Arts both studying and teaching textiles. In 1988 she moved to Salt Spring Island and opened her own business, Jane Stafford Textiles.

For many years Jane was a production weaver creating limited lines of mohair blankets and silk damask scarves and a line of chenille products. Jane loves to teach, and it has been her main focus for the last seven years. She regularly teaches and lectures throughout North America, sharing the knowledge she has gained over the past 32 years working as both a weaver and an educator. Her love of colour and her energetic enthusiasm shine through in all her classes and demonstrations. Passing on knowledge is her greatest joy.

Jane is also a consultant to Louet North America and with them co-designed the Jane Table Loom. JST also markets a large inventory of quality yarns, looms, books, and accessories for weavers and spinners. www.janestaffordtextiles.com

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