NatureArt Lab

Studio Course: WATER AND FISH WITH ECCENTRIC TAPESTRY WEAVING, 31 July - 1 August 2021, Beginners to Intermediate

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Explore fish and water themes using eccentric weaving techniques with award-winning tapestry artist Valerie Kirk.

About our tutor: 

Valerie Kirk studied art and design at Edinburgh College of Art, where she discovered woven tapestry. As a graduate she came to Australia and worked in the Australian Tapestry Workshop and travelled the country to teach in communities and colleges. Valerie works as an artist-in-residence, exhibits and leads community tapestry projects and textile tours. Between 1990-2017 she was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Textiles at the Australian National University.

During 2004-2019 she was commissioned to design and weave six major tapestries to celebrate Nobel/Japan/Kyoto Prizes in Science associated with the Australian National University.

Awards such as the Australia Council New Work grant, ACT Creative Arts Fellowship, Muse Arts Woman of the Year Award and the Canberra Centenary Community Tapestry project mark substantial success and her artwork can be seen in collections nationally and internationally.


About the course:

Learn to create a fluid line or form in tapestry through changing the angles of the weft through the fascinating technique of Eccentric Weaving. Rather than the yarn travelling back and forward in horizontal lines, make it move in curves and around other shapes. This way of working is most suitable for organic shapes and designs with horizontal movement so we will focus on fish and water as the subject to explore this alternative to plain weave. Reflective and light absorbent weft materials can be used to create light and shade plus suggest the qualities of fish and water.

Advanced weavers will work through the design process to develop an image for a small shaped tapestry and can learn some of the more advanced techniques.

Learning Outcomes: 

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Warp up a tapestry on a small portable loom
  • Select appropriate weft materials
  • Mark shapes on the tapestry warp as a guide for weaving
  • Use eccentric weaving techniques to weave a small tapestry and finish it off

More advanced students will also be able to:

  • Design and weave their own small tapestry using eccentric weaving.

Materials to bring: 

Tapestry frame if you already have one (we can tell you how to make your own simple frame/or we can provide one for you to borrow or buy for $20.00)
-    Tapestry bobbins if you have any (also can borrow or buy)
-    Yarns you may like to use in a range of water and fish colours. Some materials will be provided for sampling.  
-    Scissors
-    Notebook
-    Reading glasses if needed.

Warp and yarn for sampling are included. 

Suitable for all students from beginners through to intermediate students who wish to learn weaving skills. Class size is limited to 12 students. 

Note: Hand hygiene and social distancing rules will apply throughout the workshop. Students are requested to bring their own drinks and snacks for the workshop duration.

Dates: 31 July - 1 August 2021

Times: Saturday and Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: NatureArt Lab Studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT

 Illustrations of weaving textures courtesy of Valerie Kirk