by - Friday, May 13, 2011

2011 Maiwa Textile Symposium Workshop

Jessica de Haas
$295 (Includes $85 Lab Fee) Three full days
October 3 - 5 (Mon - Wed) 10am - 4pm
Maiwa East - 1310 Odlum Dr. Vancouver, Canada Class Limit 14

In this exploratory three-day workshop, students dive into the exciting and magical world of felt. The workshop will use both ancient and contemporary techniques and is suitable for both beginning felters and experienced felters looking to refine their skills and expand their creative vision.

Workshop participants will discover the many fascinating ways to create pattern and design on the felted surface. These include using fabric inlays, employing colour layering and cutout, creating and using partial felts and wool and silk “papers” to achieve crisp lines, and working with a dyebath.

Students will be guided through a series of sample-making projects, and all projects will be mounted in a sample book for future reference and inspiration. Participants will also select a final project, such as a wall hanging or yardage, to further explore what they have learned.

Jessica de Haas

Jessica de Haas has held a life-long fascination with fibre arts. It may have started when she received a Fisher-Price loom for her eighth birthday and wove her first piece.

Growing up rurally in the interior of British Columbia gave her a great appreciation for the beauty of the natural world as well as nurtured her creativity and imagination. When she was a teenager, she discovered batik and started her first clothing company. At 18 years of age, she went to Indonesia to study with a family of batik artists. This was the beginning of a series of travels involving grassroots study and involvement in the local communities she visited.

Formally, she studied fibre arts at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC. In 2003 she started her felt clothing line, Funk Shui, and she has been creating and selling out of her Granville Island atelier since 2006.

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