Instructor: Wendy Landry
Workshop Description: Velvet for Contemporary Handweavers.
This workshop will present the principles of handwoven velvet, and techniques and loom adaptations for contemporary exploration. Wendy will show how it can be made on the simplest of frame looms with weighted warp systems. Wendy will discuss how common 4 and 8 shaft looms can be used by contemporary handweavers to explore velvet pile textures, velvets with brocade, and even polychrome options with two pile warps, to make images using pick-up techniques. Of course, all these methods can be extended to multi-shaft dobby looms and draw looms as well.
Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit: 22
Instructor Bio: Wendy Landry, PhD, is a Canadian textile scholar with over 45 years of weaving experience. She began her focussed research into handwoven velvet in 1995, and recently published an extensive book on the subject, titled Velvet on My Mind, Velvet on My Loom. She has presented talks on velvet at the Textile Society of America and Complex Weavers symposia, as well as two well-received workshops in Quebec province. She has taught textile history at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has also done textile analysis and consultations for the archaeological service of Parks Canada, and recently co-authored a detailed catalogue of the Coptic textiles collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Some of her textiles have appeared in juried international exhibitions, as well as in Canada. She continues to explore velvet-weaving in her studio near Halifax, and remains an active member of her local weaving guild. Her website dedicated to velvet is www.veloutiere.ca
Velvet for Contemporary Handweavers - October 13, 2021
You will receive an email Zoom invitation a few days prior to the class.