Practicing Design Decisions:
a workshop exercise
This is a warm-up-exercise workshop for hand weavers who want to add to their design skills. We will create a garment for our models using only trash bags. Trash bags of different sizes, color and styles are used because they are inexpensive and easily available.
Based on the simple format of a trash bag, we decide what to do for necks, arms, and legs. For inspiration, there will be a review of techniques used by other cultures that turn a rectangle into garment shapes. Cutting, taping, braiding and laminating plastic bags are examples of the techniques that could be used in this exercise.
The workshop will take 1 to 3 hours with a fashion show of designs after the session. Participants pair up as designer and model and collaborate.
This lecture introduces “The Oregon Weaver” with her unique handwoven designs from the Pacific Northwest.
Work featured are garments, scarves, and shawls. The talk covers her process from inspiration to design.
The presentation will take 1 to 1 -1/2 hour with examples of work.
Cut and Sew Your Own Handwoven Jacket
This is a 2 or 3 day workshop for weavers who want to cut and sew their own jacket. This is an intense 2 or 3 day experience to design and sew with the handwoven cloth. It explores pattern layout, individual fit issues, and creative design solutions. Participants layout, cut and sew their own custom garment with my guidance. Having their own yardage is a prerequisite. They need to bring a pattern they want to use and sewing machines. The workshop would require tables and chairs for several sewing machines and tables to cut fabric.