Registration Opens June 24 at 10am
2013 Maiwa Textile Symposium
$350 includes 85 lab fee
October 25, 26, 27, 2013 - Class Limit 14
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC
Whether realistic or invented, natural landscapes offer exciting creative options. Although each landscape design requires a unique approach, a few basic guidelines help simplify the process of moving from drawing or photo to finished textile.
Using collage with nets*, simple machine appliqué, and machine embroidery as our techniques, we will look at ways to lay out a complete landscape design from start to finish, experiment with texture and colour for sky, earth, and water, and discuss ways to incorporate rocks, trees, celestial bodies, and other elements.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas for designs and will receive plenty of individual guidance.
Participants can expect to create a number of samples and one or more finished surfaces that can be completed or mounted at home. Ideas for framing and finishing will be demonstrated.
Participants must have a working knowledge of free-motion stitchery. Each must bring a sewing machine equipped with a darning or embroidery foot.
* Collage with Nets:
I begin with a plain fabric ground. On this surface I drop hundreds of bits of cut fabric and thread until I reach a depth and texture that pleases me. I then pin transparent netting on top (usually nylon tulle) to hold everything in place. The layers are then machine-stitched together. This new fabric is now ready for further surface work.
Lorraine writes of herself “My science education and my love of fabric set the stage for a unique art career. As I became proficient, I devoted more and more time to my art until, just over twenty five years ago, it became a full time occupation. Not surprisingly, most of my imagery was, and is, inspired by trees. Trees are classic symbols of our connection with the natural world. And what better medium than fabric, itself a plant or animal product, to capture and reflect the attributes of nature? My latest imagery combines realism and abstraction, providing ample room for interpretation and sensual pleasure. Nothing brings me more joy than to coax order and beauty out of a messy jumble of materials. I like to think that my art imitates life.”