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Woven Light: Swedish School of Textiles

therese.amusgidlof@gmail.comWoven Light was exhibited at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014. Under the theme light – material – structure the textile design students from the Swedish School of Textiles, University of  Borås, explored the interaction between different light settings and light qualities and the creation of woven textile structures. Special light emitting and reactive materials were introduced, including reflex materials, “glow in the dark” and PMMA optical fibres. The aim was  to introduce the students to Smart Materials and current textile research in the context of traditional weaving techniques. The course has been lead by Ulla Ranglin, hand weaving expert, accompanied by Barbara Jansen, textile design researcher in the area of light emitting textiles. They are  also members of the Smart Textiles Unit at the Swedish School of Textiles.

The exhibitors were Ellinor Eliasson, Frida Samuelsson, Joanna Vikström, Malin Bobeck, Therese Amus Gidlöf. Textile design students in their 3rd year.

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Lisio Foundation – Florence

01-palio.bluFlorence has been one of the most important centres of textile culture since the Renaissance. The Lisio Foundation in Florence, Italy, organises courses and seminars in English for institutions or private groups on specific historical, technical or practical themes, and for individual training courses and developing research projects.

The courses are aimed at students, technicians and textile designers and the school program provides full immersion classes on : analysis of textiles and laces, conservation and creating jacquard textiles.

The educational program has been designed to broaden textile culture and ensure the preservation on antique techniques. The Lisio Foundation school also has looms for figured silk velvets and gold brocades.

The Foundation also manufactures to order, various forms of figured silks. The designs and patterns of the collection are part of the legacy left by the original LISIO Silk Mill. They represent all the decorative typologies in vogue between the Middle Ages and the early 1900s either reproduced from original period textiles or reconstructed from depictions in paintings by the great masters of Italian art.
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Tapestry weaving workshops: Caron Penney

Caron Penney 1 - STOP detail 2A Basic Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
Fashion and Textiles Museum,
83 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XF
Tel: 020 7407 8664
Tutor: Caron Penney
Dates: 27th March  -  28 March 2014

In this two day workshop students will learn the basic weave techniques used to create a tapestry, these include plain weave, soft diagonals, hatching, blending and shaping.

The course will start with a demonstration of the warping-up process and participants will get experience of this process before starting to weave. By the end of the workshop participants will take home a completed tapestry.

There will be some one to one tuition during the two day workshop which is suitable for beginners – intermediate levels. Time: 11.00am – 4pm each day, this workshop requires a minimum of five students to run.

The workshop costs £160. To discuss the course content please contact the tutor at to book a place telephone 020 7407 8664 or contact the Fashion and Textile Museum through their website. Continue reading →

Exhibition: Tomorrow There is No Recording & weave workshop

nickrelph_1Chisenhale Gallery in Bow, London presents a solo exhibition by London born, New York based, artist Nick Relph who works across video, drawing and installation. This commission of an entirely new body of work will be his first major solo exhibition in a public institution following his ten-year collaboration with Oliver Payne (1999-2009).

Tomorrow There is No Recording examines handicraft, materials and ideas of value and exchange, and the relationship of industrial processes to contemporary economic models. Using a four-harness floor loom, Relph has fabricated a series of small weaves using materials including polyester, rayon, silk, monofilament, latex and paper. The weaves are presented at Chisenhale as part of a specially conceived installation.

Relph’s interest in handmade, woven textiles stems from an appreciation of the labour involved in their production, in addition to the particular formal and material resonance of these constructed fabrics within our digitally-oriented culture. Woven surfaces can be read as images, whilst also retaining the information of their making – mistakes and irregularities or impressions from the loom – and the signs of wear that emerge over time and through use. This preoccupation with the relationship between image and surface emerges from Relph’s previous film and video work. He has said: ‘I can’t think about moving image now without thinking about this surface upon which it’s being viewed’.

Relph first began to explore his interest in the material and social effects of textiles through moving image. Thre Stryppis Quhite Upon ane Blak Field (2010) – presented at the Venice Biennial 2011 and currently on display at Tate St Ives – connects the meandering history of tartan with the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons and the artist Ellsworth Kelly. Here, Relph employs a trilogy of colour – red, blue and green – as a visual motif and conceptual device to weave associations between subject matter in the film. The history of colour reproduction, manufacture and consumption are further explored through the presentation of the film as a composite RGB projection, which recalls the mechanical print processes used in the textile industry.

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Workshop: Bhakti Ziek. Multi – weft weave structures for jacquard

Blue_Song_2_DetailBhakti Ziek, co-author of The Woven Pixel: Designing for Jacquard and Dobby Looms Using Photoshop©*, will conduct a six day masterclass in Scotland on multi-weft weave structures using the colourbothy studio Thread Controller 1 (TC1). This class will be limited in size so structures can be studied in depth and everyone will have time weaving on the TC1.

While jacquard weavings can exhibit imagery and great detail using one warp and one weft, such as traditional damasks, using multiple wefts and/or multiple warp systems allows a visual appearance of many colors across one horizontal line of the cloth. Ziek will take students through a study of taqueté and samitum (both weft-faced structures), lampas, weft-backed structures, and double cloth (using more than two wefts).

Students can work with one image developed in all these structures, allowing a great comparison of visual nuances, or use different images for each structure. Or they can choose to focus on just some of the structures that are most relevant to their own needs. The class is small so personal attention will be paid to the individual and their needs. Continue reading →

Seminar: Laura Fry – wet finishing handwoven cloth

tn_angoraMagic in The Water: Wet Finishing Handwoven Cloth

Saturday 4th May 2013, 10:30am to 5.00pm

Laura Fry will share her extensive experience in different ways of approaching wet finishing handwoven cloth. She will show samples of finishes, demonstrate fulling, and discuss mangling and compression. The seminar is at Belinda Rose, Scotland

Participants may bring things they have woven for feedback on how to wet finish.

Laura Fry is a well known international tutor and professional hand weaver from Canada. Read more on her blog.

Fee: £50.00. Numbers limited. To book a place, please call 01330 844409, or use the contact form.

Workshops: designing for the digital loom using Photoshop

garden_smThe workshops are suitable for those with experience of handweaving and using Photoshop. Participants should bring their own laptop with Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements installed.

Introductory workshops

Two day workshops provide an introduction to designing weave structures digitally in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements specifically for weaving on a digital jacquard looms including the TC-1 & -TC-2 loom. The workshop will explain the TC-1 loom control programme. Participants will get experience of working with the TC-1 loom in the studio and have the chance to complete a design and a small test weave.

Three day workshops extend to designing more complex weave structures, such as lampas and specific weaves as requested.

One to one tuition is also available. Please contact Belinda Rose (details below) to discuss.
Next digital weaving workshop:

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th July 2013, 10.00am–5.00pm each day. This workshop requires a minimum number of 3 participants to run.

The workshop costs £250 (including £100 non-refundable deposit). The cost of warp yarns are included, students will supply weft yarns for their samples. The course is non residential. We can supply a list of local accommodation.

To discuss the course, and payment please call Belinda Rose on +44 (0)1330 844409, or use the contact form.