with Elizabeth Ashdown
This exciting hands-on workshop will introduce you to the fantastic world of Passementerie weaving, designing and making. Using simple weaving techniques and construction methods, you’ll produce a mini folio of intriguing small-scale textile samples. You can use these as starting points to inspire future work or as small-scale art pieces in their own right.
Passementerie is a wonderfully evocative term describing the art of making beautiful woven and embroidered ribbons and trimmings, fringes, braids, scallops and tassels that adorn everything from clothing and hats to curtains and lampshades. Passementerie has been practised worldwide for thousands of years. It uses limitless designs, approaches, colours and materials – anything and everything goes.
During this workshop, we will be using the motifs and designs of Passementerie as our starting point on which to create designs that are individual and representative of your personal style and design ideas.
Taking a mixed media and freeform design approach, we will be using weaving frames to construct ribbon and trimming samples using a variety of yarns alongside fabrics, papers, cords and found materials. We’ll use simple tapestry techniques alongside braiding, knotting and macramé methods. You’ll have the opportunity during the workshop to experiment with making your own cords and yarns.
Suitable for beginners and more experienced makers alike, this is a workshop that very much focuses on creating individual designs based around your ideas, imagination and creativity. You’ll have plenty of time to test a variety of techniques and making methods and for individual exploration and investigation. Please bring along any sketchbooks/research, found objects and materials of your own to work with.
£275 plus £5 per day lunch (optional), excluding materials.
Sponsored student price – £200
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