This is a beginner level class where participants learn to weave on a loom from start to finish. The workshop will teach how to interpret a memory into a small tapestry using found materials and various techniques to achieve different textures. We will think differently about materials, work abstractly using a loom, and process a memory through art.
A brief clip of a demonstration during the virtual workshop. This clip does not have audio.
Participants in the December 2022 workshop were provided with a budget-friendly materials list. They were age 27-50 and capture a collection of diverse history in Minnesota.
My teaching style during the workshop encouraged curiosity, experimentation with materials, and connection to community. I facilitated a brave space for participants to share memories amongst each other and fully explore their weavings by encouraging questions and open communication. We started by exploring tapestries that told stories throughout art history and from various countries. This led us to modern, abstract weavings and techniques.
Acknowledgements: Nicole Thomas is a fiscal year 2022 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.