Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Workshop - Collage, Motif, and Material


[2014 Symposium registration opens June 23 at 10am.]

2014 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop Collage, Motif, and Material
Shannon Wardroper

$350 includes 75 lab fee
October 19, 20, 21,  - Class Limit 14
Maiwa East: 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver BC



In this workshop students will be introduced to a fascinating and multi-layered technique. Centuries-old Japanese kimono wax-resist dyeing (roketsuzome) will be combined with contemporary screenprinting and embellishing techniques. The results can yield a stunning mixture of image and tone.

Here, layers of dye are applied in a painterly way, alternately with wax to lock in the desired effects and create a piece that has a unique air of mystery and intrigue.  Strip-piecing and embellishment serve to semi-abstract the composition and as a meditative design exercise. 

Using combinations of technique and imagery, participants will create a range of fabric reference pieces as a future resource. Students will be well on their way to a finished piece by day three. 

This class is a rare opportunity to work beside Shannon Wardroper, who travels from Salt Spring Island. Shannon is a master craftsperson who is also the force behind a successful artisan business.


Instructor Bio  

Shannon Wardroper of Geernaerts Textile Arts is an artisan for whom the blending of both motif and material gathered is a natural way to record a journey through multiple cultures. She has a background in textile design and art history from Alberta College of Art, Calgary, and Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver. She has both studied and taught the last 10 years in Japan and Thailand with sojourns throughout Southeast Asia for study and research. In 2013 she completed her Masters degree in Arts Education, at SFU.

Living and working for seven years in Kyoto, Japan, where she studied traditional kimono surface design techniques and kimono dressing, she was immersed in a completely different aesthetic. She continued her study in Asia, moving to Thailand and focusing on ikat, supplementary weaving, and natural dyeing with Patricia Cheesman Naenna at Studio Naenna and Chiang Mai University.

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