by - Saturday, May 14, 2011

2011 Maiwa Textile Symposium Workshop

Jorie Johnson
$395 (Includes $90 Lab Fee) Four full days
October 13 - 16 (Thu - Sun) 10am - 4pm
Maiwa East - 1310 Odlum Dr. Vancouver, Canada Class Limit 14

This four-day intensive workshop will cover exciting felting techniques with the goal of producing lightweight and durable shoulder wraps.

Jorie Johnson (who has spent twenty years living in Kyoto, Japan, authored a series of books on felting, participated in international gallery exhibitions, and been featured in numerous fibre and art magazines) will lead students through the incredible potential of the felted world.

Participants will learn flat braiding and repeat patterning methods as well as washing and brushing techniques. They will also learn how to integrate auxiliary fibres such as lace and fabric strips. The process of combining fabrics through fulling will be taught. Students will learn edge-finishing techniques, consider one- and two-sided designs, and experiment with dye methods to add colour and achieve colour effects.

The class will work with substrates of different materials that permit felting to achieve new structural forms.

Beginning with techniques, studies, and samples, participants will move at their own pace into a unique independent project.

Jorie joins us from Japan to teach this workshop.

Jorie Johnson

Raised in Boston, in the home of a wool and fibre merchant, Jorie Johnson studied textile design at Rhode Island School of Design and in Finland. She opened her design studio, Joi Rae Textiles, in South Boston on the same street that was home to many of New England’s fibre brokerage firms.

Jorie was among the artists in the exhibition Fashioning Felt at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, NYC, and in the San Francisco de Young Museum’s Artwear: Fashion & Anti-Fashion show (accompanying publication by Thames & Hudson, 2005).

Since 1986 she has lead workshops in private studios and has been an invited tutor at many international felt conferences including in Hungary, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Republic of Georgia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, and in the USA and Japan.

Her work has been published in Fibrearts Magazine, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Cover, Felt Matters (UK) as well as in other European and Asian publications. In Japan she is a visiting university lecturer and international ambassador of sheep, wool, and felt. Jorie is the author of Fabulous Felted Scarves and Felt Making and Wool Magic.

Jorie continues to research, lecture, and teach. Her goal is to encourage creativity in feltmaking while praising sheep and wool fibres. www.joirae.com

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