Workshop: Invented Fabric: Textured Cloth

by - Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Maiwa Textile Workshops
Jean Cacicedo
$295 (Includes $75 Lab Fee) Three full days

September 27 - 29 (Mon - Wed) 10am - 4pm
Maiwa East, 1310 Odlum Dr. Vancouver, Canada
Class Limit 14

Registration Opens June 21, 2010

This special workshop, held every year, introduces an unusual combination of approaches to constructing or embellishing cloth. This year Invented Fabric is again taught by Jean Cacicedo who has adapted her workshop “The Textured Cloth” to this three-day format exploring the transformative properties of various cloths. Students will discover how the natural surface beauty and structure of fabric can be distorted to yield new inspiration and potential for both craft and art.

Methods of working emphasize surface and structure through manipulation, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Students use cotton, silk, polyester, and wool fabrics: the differences in fibre content create a range of transformational possibilities. Design ideas will incorporate shrinking, fusing, slashing, and stitching. There will be samples made of all the various techniques, slides to view, and time for creating larger samples for potential use in a garment design. All levels of expertise are welcome. Some sewing will be required.


Jean Cacicedo received a BFA in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute, New York, in 1970. Cacicedo was a prime innovator in the Wearable Art Movement of the 1970s. For over three decades she has worked on special processes for wool fabrics as well as on works on paper. Known for her “signature coats,” her pieced and sewn, slashed, felted, and dyed constructions have been exhibited throughout Western Europe, Japan, and the United States. In 2000, a 30-year retrospective of her work was featured at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, Museum of Art and Design, NYC. She currently works out of her studio in Berkeley, California.

Student Supply List

Unlined Sketchbook or Journal
Drawing pencils 2B and 4B
Permanent black marking pen (eg. Sharpie ultra fine point)
All fabric for this class are supplied by Maiwa but it is advised that if you have any fabrics that you are interested in working with for potential future or past projects bring these to class.
Mesh Laundry bag with your name sewn on
Embellishing bits and pieces such as ribbon, bias, yarns, silk, fleece etc.
Please bring a bag lunch. All other materials provided.

Look for the full course calendar on the web in early May. A print version will be available in June. Registration opens June 21, 2010.

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