April 2019: Fibre Arts @ Ballarat and visiting Adelaide

May 1, 2019

The focus for this month’s blog is my class at Fibre Arts, Ballarat. Six enthusiast weavers spent 5 days with me. This week long gathering at Ballarat Grammar School happens every Easter and plays host to a wide variety of classes on all manner of textile related classes. It’s always a treat to catch up with past students, meet new ones and get to spend time with a wonderful group of textile enthusiasts.

Four of my students explored aspects of Summer and Winter. After working through a series of exercises, it was very much up to the individual what aspect they continued to explore and whether they wished to develop a project from this. What was especially encouraging was that each student developed their own designs. Some even developed a portfolio of designs.

This series of images show progress on the looms and the development of projects.

Di’s project.

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A collection of samples and a table mat. There’s more to be done and all based on her design development.

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Trudi’s project.

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A collection of samples and a table runner with bands of different motifs. Trudi took great delight in developing designs on her computer and then weaving them. The only problem was: which one?

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Elizabeth’s project.

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Elizabeth’s sample. I hope to see the number 50 woven as pick up in a celebration cloth later on.

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Jane’s project.

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Jane had flagged before the class that she was interested in ikat. she dyed a series of experimental wefts.

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As well as working on a set of samples, she also experimented with different approaches to using weft ikat either as plain weave or as a supplementary weft.

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There were also two new weavers in the class. They worked basic twills. I am always delighted to be instrumental in beginning a weaver’s journey. It’s an exciting time for both an individual and for the future of weaving.

Carolyn explores the combination of colour and twills. Each of the four place mats has a different colour theme and style of weaving twills on 4 shafts.

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That’s the one with cool colours. Here’s the rest. She has only part of one to go.

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Bailey, wanted to explore as many twills as possible. As well as weaving, he also recorded  each of them on a weaving program.  He started on a 4 shaft straight threading and then expanded to a twill gamp on 8 shafts. Yes, he put on two warps. That meant he also got to consolidate warp preparation and dressing a loom.

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The second warp goes on with not much supervision from me. He remembered the process well.

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It’s always a treat to share and to celebrate what each group has achieved. This was our offering. That’s an impressive amount of and variety of weaving from the class of 2019. Congratulations go to these enthusiastic and committed weavers.

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Thanks goes to Glenys and Noni and their “Golden Team” for making this such a wonderful event. Check out the Fibre Arts website for next year’s event and others. http://www.fibrearts.jigsy.com

My friend, Pat turned 90. As well as being a very “old” friend in that I have known her for many years, she was a wonderful weaver.

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I have had the opportunity to visit Adelaide, South Australia for a few days. I caught up with Kate, a weaver mate and had a wonderful few days just talking weaving. I also got to see TARTS in Adelaide. There was some great textiles in here. I was especially pleased to see work from a couple of weavers.

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The Art Gallery of South Australia had this very interesting exhibition. It is well worth a visit.

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Included in this exhibition were two textiles. Image and details of each item. Firstly this wonderful large scale coat from Uzbekistan. I have long admired these.

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Then this wonderful robe. Check out the detail. The background tiles in this exhibition were also quite stunning.

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The studio class in May is on the family of twills and what can also be woven on a twill threading. Looms are already set up. In addition there will be opportunity for students to develop designs and explore other techniques which will be threaded during class. There are just so many possibilities.