NatureArt Lab

NEW! STUDIO: WEAVING GREEN, 8 - 29 September 2020, Beginners to Intermediate

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Learn about colour, design and weaving a tapestry through observing nature, exploring a palette of greens and leaf shapes with Valerie Kirk!

About the 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: 

Beginners will warp up a small loom and learn the basic techniques of tapestry weaving, while making a leaf form and working with a range of weft colours and textures. Through mixing yarn on the bobbin for weaving, colour and the way the quality of different materials can affect colour through light reflection and absorption can be explored.

Experienced weavers will design and weave their own small tapestry through studying “Verdure” tapestries with overlapping leaf forms or by creating a leaf shaped tapestry. Advanced techniques and problem solving will be covered.

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 basic 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.

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)
-    Tapestry bobbins if you have any
-    Yarns you may like to use in range of greens
-    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 10 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: Tuesday 8 - 29 September (4 x three hour sessions)

Times: 9.30am - 12.30pm

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

 weaving with green threads and eucalypt leafValerie Kirk portrait