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Summer 2019 Workshops

Introduction to Weaving/Refresh Your Skills            
Nature as Inspiration for Woven Design
You Know You Need a Bait Bag!
Advanced Individual Weaving Projects
Textile Discoveries: Traditional Techniques/
Contemporary Practice
Thinking Textiles/Constructed Surfaces (workshop is full, you may put your name on a waiting list)
Designing Geometrics
                                                        Make a (Doo-wah) Ditty Bag



Introduction to Weaving/
Refresh Your Weaving Skills with Lesley Armstrong
(5 days)
Monday-Friday, June 17-21, 2019; Monday-Friday, August 12-16, 2019; Monday-Friday, Sept. 9-13, 2019

The focus of this
5-day workshop is to teach winding a warp, setting up a loom, and learning how to weave basic weaves.  Students will first weave a sampler where they will learn plain, twill, and basket weaves and experiment with a variety of materials, fibres, and colours. Then students will choose a second small project of their own choice. If a student has had some weaving experience already but needs to review the steps in setting up a loom and their skills, they may want to skip the sampler and start directly on another project with the assistance of the instructor.

Basic design principles, sound weaving techniques, and good craftsmanship will be taught. We will be looking at examples of weaving and the work of other textile artists. Each technique will be demonstrated as a group and then individually with each student.

Instructor: Lesley Armstrong, B.F.A., NSCAD, M.A., Art Education, Philadelphia College of Art. Special studies in Scotland and at the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science. A weaver and a teacher, Lesley operates Armstrong Textiles & LaHave Weaving Studio. For more details see Instructors page  &  www.armstrongtextiles.ca
Experience Needed: none
Workshop Fee: $499 CDN/$385 USD (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors may be eligible for tax refunds. Go to Canada Revenue Agency's website.) *exchange rates subject to change.
Materials Fee: Materials Fee for the sampler is $50.00 paid at the time of registration. This includes a variety of yarns for the first weaving sampler. Yarn for your second project can be purchased at the studio at a reasonable price.
Class Times: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some straight or T pins, box cutters, a pair of sharp scissors, some coloured pencils or other colouring materials, pencil, eraser, and some sketch or graph paper.



Nature as Inspiration for Woven Design (5 days)
Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 2019 & Monday-Friday, Sept. 3-7, 2019


This 5-day workshop will focus on three themes in nature—a variety of actual examples within each theme will be provided by the instructor. During the first three days students will explore the three specific themes in nature, one per day, through drawings, collages, manipulations of a variety of materials and objects (both manufactured and found), and exploring various ways of adhering, attaching, etc. the materials to design boards.

On the 4th and 5th day each participant will choose their favourite theme to explore on the loom, setting up a short warp of their choosing and spend that time fully exploring their concept. The resulting warps will not be finished pieces but explorations of a theme—small areas to be studied in and of themselves. The emphasis is on the wide-ranging process of designing and the aspect of serious play that defines it. Some weaving experience is needed for this workshop.

Instructor: Lesley Armstrong, B.F.A. NSCAD, M.A., Art Education, Philadelphia College of Art. Special studies in Scotland and at the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science. A weaver and a teacher, Lesley operates Armstrong Textiles & LaHave Weaving Studio. For more details see Instructors page  &  www.armstrongtextiles.ca for more details.
Experience Needed: none
Workshop Fee: $499 CDN/$385 USD (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors may be eligible for tax refunds. Go to Canada Revenue Agency's website.) *exchange rates subject to change.
Materials Fee: Materials Fee for the design materials and yarns is $75.00 paid at the time of registration.
Class Times: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some straight or T pins, scissors for yarn and scissors for paper, some coloured pencils/pastels/paints, pencil, eraser, and sketch & graph paper.

 



You Know You Need a Bait Bag! with Brooke Gray
(2 evenings)
Tues. & Wed., July 2 & 3, 2019 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. OR Tues. & Wed., Sept. 3 & 4, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

A bait bag traditionally used in the fisheries is a small mesh bag containing the bait a lobster will find tempting enough to enter a lobster trap. Bait bags were traditionally made by each fishing family to their unique specifications and style. Brooke Gray will take you through the steps, over two evenings, to make your own bait bag. No experience is needed.

Now I know that you are thinking, “What would I do with a bait bag?!”, apart from admiring its form and the new skill that you have just learned. However, the technique used to make a bait bag is the same to create beach tote bags, produce bags, bottle holders, and hammocks. (Instructor Brooke Gray is currently planning to use this same technique to create a loose-weave shawl or poncho.)

In terms of fishing the particular netting technique that you will be learning is also used to make dip-nets and larger sections of netting and so, this introduction may provide inspiration for larger installations or three-dimensional works.

Instructor: Brooke Gray is a fisherman’s daughter, born and raised on Nova Scotia’s salty South Shore. Brooke has a deep appreciation for nets and lines and the hard work of fishing and spent many a day coiling up miles of perfectly placed lines and hooks. Brooke works as a Heritage Interpreter at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg. At the Museum she enjoys demonstrating netting and knotting and continues the tradition of spinning tales of the sea.  See Instructors page for more details.
Experience Needed:none
Workshop Fee: $125 CDN/$100* USD (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors may be eligible for tax refunds. Go to Canada Revenue Agency's website.) *exchange rates subject to change.
Materials Fee: TBA includes canvas fabric, cords, use of heavy duty scissors for cutting rope & canvas.
Class Times: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.for both evenings
Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring a pair of scissors to cut thread and cords.


Join us for a free Community Netting Project with Brooke Gray at the LaHave Weaving Studio on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 6:00-8:00
p.m.  See heading "Textile Conversations" for list of free public lectures.


 

Advanced Weaving Projects with Lesley Armstrong (4 days)

Monday-Thursday, July 8-11, 2019

Intermediate level weaving experience is needed for this workshop where each participant can focus on a particular area of interest--study

a specific
weave structure, experiment with cloth setts, create colour effects, try deflected weaves or shrinking, use unusual yarns, etc.

with the assistance of Lesley. The area of study must be discussed in advance to ensure the appropriate yarns are ordered.


If you’ve wanted to work on doublecloth, explore weaves where felting would work best,
weave with stainless steel, or learn the theory of

drafting, etc. this would be the opportunity to concentrate on one area of exploration. Contact Lesley to discuss your area of interest.

 

Instructor: Lesley Armstrong, B.F.A., NSCAD, M.A. Art Education, Philadelphia College of Art.  Special studies in Scotland and at the

Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science. A weaver and a teacher, Lesley operates Armstrong Textiles & LaHave Weaving Studio.  See

www.armstrongtextiles.ca  Instructors page for more details.

Experience Needed: intermediate level

Workshop Fee: $399 CDN/$310 USD (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors may be eligible for tax refunds. Go to

Canada Revenue Agency's website.)
*exchange rates subject to change.

Materials Fee: Each area of exploration will require different materials. Participants may order their own with help from Lesley as to

amount and sources or Lesley can order them for you, after consultation.

Class Times
: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some straight or T pins, a pair of sharp scissors, coloured

pencils or other colouring materials, pencil, eraser, and some sketch and graph paper.



Textile Discoveries: Traditional Ways/Contemporary Practice (4 days)

Tuesday-Friday, July 16-19, 2019


This study tour consists of 4 themes in 4 days, each day is an adventure into a different textile area that is a part of the history or the

current culture of Nova Scotia's scenic South Shore. All lunches, transportation, and materials are included.

During the four days we will learn about techniques, skill, textile traditions, contemporary practice, and also experience hands-on

learning
.  We will study the art of willow basket making with Heather Sanft on her family farm. We will examine selected textile pieces

from a small rural museum and learn about the stories and passion that makes these pieces special. Back in the studio Kate Delmage will

guide us to making our own stories with a simple piece of cloth and some notions. Finally, we drive down the shore to spend the day with

artist Doug Guildford and get our hands dirty.

Participants will be transported in a 7-person passenger van and lunches, three packed lunches and one lunch in a Lunenburg restaurant, is

included. 
We will leave Lunenburg at 9 a.m. and be back around 5:00 p.m. No experience is needed to participate.

Tues., July 16            Day One: “A Biscuit, A Basket” with Heather Sanft

Wed., July 17            Day Two: “Part 1—
Visit to a Rural Museum” with Donna Smith & Lesley Armstrong

Thurs., July 18          Day Three: “Part 2—“
The Day After: Hands-on”with Kate Delmage.

Fri
day
, July 19          Day Four: “A Day With Doug Guildford”.


Day 1: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 “A Biscuit, A Basket” with Heather Sanft

We will drive about 30 minutes inland where we will meet Heather Sanft, a well-known Nova Scotia basket maker, who lives on her family’s

farm and fruit winery. Heather
grows her own willow trees and works in willow, expressing her art in both traditional and contemporary

ways.  Heather will show us her baskets, as well as fishing creels, arm shoppers, and willow fences and talk about the tradition of willow

basket making.
Each participant will make a willow biscuit basket (and perhaps will also munch on biscuits). No experience is needed.

P
re-planned packed lunches will be provided.


Day 2: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 “Part 1. Visit to a Rural Museum”.  What can we learn from a small museum’s

textile collection with Donna Smith
& Lesley Armstrong.

Heading about 35 minutes north we will visit a small rural museum, Parkdale-Maplewood Community Museum, and join Donna Smith,

former volunteer administrator of the Museum and
with Lesley Armstrong to look at selected textile pieces in this home-grown

c
ollection.

The museum was founded by Thomas I. Spidell, a native of Parkdale, who collected old and unusual items as he traveled through

England, the USA, Mexico and Canada as a missionary – salesman and in the 1930's he began bringing these items home to Nova Scotia
.
What can we learn from these pieces? We’ll talk about the stories behind them, specific textile traditions used in rural Nova Scotia, the

techniques used,
the makers’ artistic sensibilities, and what captivates us in this work.  No experience is needed.

Pre-planned packed lunches will be provided.

 

Day 3: Thursday, July 18, 2019 Part 2. The Day After:  Hands-on”Inspired by our museum visit, we

will tell a
bit of our own story with a simple piece of cloth, some notions, and some embellishment

techniques
with Kate Delmage.

Using a selected textile work that we studied at the rural museum as inspiration, we will start with a piece of cloth and create a small

image, design,
concept, or texture using embroidery, applique, stitching, and other embellishment techniques to express it. Kate Delmage

will work with each participant and instruct us as to the range of techniques possible to express
an idea. No experience is needed. A pre-

planned lunch will be provided at a nearby restaurant.


Day 4: Thursday, July 19, 2019 "A Day with Doug Guildford".  Working with the artificial and the natural worlds.
 

 A 9-minute ferry ride across the LaHave River and a quick coffee stop at the wonderful LaHave Bakery and then we will head to Vogler's

Cove where we will spend our last day with artist Doug Guildford who lives about a 30-minute drive along the South Shore. Doug will show

us his studio, his work, both finished and in progress, the materials he works with, and what sparks his interest and what sustains him.


Doug works with all kinds of materials, both found and made, natural and artificial, using a variety of techniques—crocheting, wrapping,

adhering, attaching, manipulating, painting,--whatever is called for at the time. We may do some beach combing with Doug or use what is

at hand in the studio. Participants will get “their hands dirty” and see where their explorations will lead. No experience is needed.

Pre-planned packed lunches will be provided.

 
Instructors: Lesley Armstrong, B.F.A., M.A., Art Education, who also studied at Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science. A native Nova

Scotian, Lesley is a w
eaver, teacher, and owner Armstrong Textiles & LaHave Weaving Studio.  See  www.armstrongtextiles.ca  &

Instructors page for more details.

Heather Sanft, B.A. Anthropology & Museology and did graduate work in Museology.  Heather specializes in willow basket-making and

teaches workshops and gives talks about live willow fences.  Heather works in historical reproduction and contemporary basketry.  For

more details see Instructors page  &  www.heather.canada-wine.com


Donna Smith is the former Curator and volunteer administrator of Parkdale-Maplewood Museum with a wealth of 30 years’ experience.

With some training in museology and care of collections, Donna has worked tirelessly to keep this rural museum and its collection

accessible for future generations.

Kate Delmage,
BSc., B.F.A., studied fashion patterning, dressmaking & tailoring business for years in Toronto. After studying painting and

sculpture at NSCAD Kate has worked in the film, theatre, and television field as a costume designer, drafter, and builder.
See Instructors

page
for more details.

Doug Guildford, B.A., is a multi-media artist (printmaking, drawing, textiles, sculpture) who is widely exhibited in solo and group shows.

Doug has been the recipient of awards, grants, and residencies and is a native Nova Scotian who has returned to his home province. See

www.dougguildford.com & Instructors page for more details.


Workshop Fee
: $599.00 CDN/$460.00* USD, payable at registration time, covers instructors' fees,workshop materials, transportation, and

4 lunches. (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors may be eligible for tax refunds. Go to Canada Revenue Agency's

website.)
*exchange rates subject to change.

Materials Fee: included.


Class Times: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Experience Needed: none.

Supplies to Bring: Day 1 & 2 provided. For Day 3 & 4, we will provide some materials but we will need mostly found materials, i.e.

scraps/things you will have around your home. A list of suggestions will be sent upon registration.



Thinking Textile/ Constructed Surface with Warren Seelig (5 days) SORRY, WORKSHOP IS FULL. YOU MAY PUT YOUR NAME ON A WAITING LIST.

Monday-Friday, July 22-26, 2019

Textile is a unique phenomenon in the world of contemporary art and material studies where surface is inherently a three dimensional,

sculptural plane.  This highly experimental course will consider the possibility of constructing surfaces through either known or invented

processes using materials chosen by the student of every conceivable kind.  Each participant will at first develop unique “material

sketches”  through processes of accretion and repetition which may include wrapping, binding, connecting, attaching, twisting, knotting,

piercing, layering and more.  Students will be challenged to construct and build, bit by bit and cell by cell, a visual field which is physical,

tangible and sensational.  All levels welcome. 


Instructor:  Warren Seelig, BSc., M.F.A., lives and works in Rockland, Maine and holds the rank of distinguished visiting professor in the

Fibers/Mixed Media program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he teaches, curates and writes on various subjects related

to textile, fiber and material studies. His work has been included in over 30 major museum exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan

and Korea with many solo and group exhibitions in museums, universities, and private galleries. He has lectured internationally and written

extensively for various magazines and journals including American Craft, Fiber Arts, Surface Design Journal, Textilforum, and Nouvel

Objet
. His work is in the collections of museums, colleges and in private and corporate collections world wide. 
See www.warrenseelig.com

and Instructors page for more details.

Experience Needed: none

Workshop Fee: $499 CDN/$385 USD (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors may be eligible for tax refunds. Go to

Canada Revenue Agency's website.)
*exchange rates subject to change.

Materials Fee: to be announced

Class Times: 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Supplies to Bring:
to be announced


 

Designing Geometrics with Nancy Price (5 days)

Monday-Friday, August 5-9, 2019

Have you ever wondered how a particular geometric pattern was created for a rug, embroidery, woven or printed textile?  Embedded in

the language of textiles is the language of geometrics, symmetries, and repetition. This visual language of implied infinite forms has been

explored in every culture and is particularly relevant to all areas of Craft. The many dialects of symmetry originate in the natural world

and by extension have been explored by peoples everywhere from the beginnings of human material culture.


Nancy will guide you through the process of designing your own geometric patterns.  An exploration of the 17 possible symmetries will

introduce you to the vast language of design as seen in Arabic architecture, mosaics, and, in our case, textile designs.  From your

geometric drawings and explorations we will test colour-ways.  Choosing from your favourite design you will create a finished

gouache water-based painting on museum-grade paper.  Visual lectures and contextualizing the fascinating and varied history of pattern

will be presented throughout.  This workshop will be relevant to weavers, printers, rug hookers, painters, and those interested in

geometric imagery.

InstructorNancy Price is an artist, designer, & teacher. She has textile degrees from the Ontario College of Art (B.F.A. 1984) and NSCAD

(M.F.A 2002), and more recently Nancy studied at Ecole de La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Paris (2014). See Instructors

page for more details.

Experience Needednone

Workshop Fee: $499 CDN/$385* USD (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors may be eligible for tax refunds. Go to

Canada Revenue Agency's website.) *exchange rates subject to change.

Materials Fee$65.00 includes museum-grade watercolour paper, tissue paper, graphite transfer paper, extra brushes, extra white

gouache, a metre each of grid paper, grid paper pad. Rulers, squares, etc. are provided.

Class Times: 9:30-5:00 p.m.

Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring a sketch book (approximately 14”x17”), 2b pencil, eraser, a compass (Staedler) that you can put a pencil in one end, #2 or #3, #6, and#8 round-tip soft bristle/watercolour brushes (if you like bold designs you might bring a larger brush), watercolour tray for mixing paints, a set of gouache paint* in primary yellow, blue, & red plus a tube of white and black.  *For gouache paint Nancy recommends manufacturers Pebeo, Holbein, Windsor & Newton.  The primary colours may be called Primary Magenta, Primary Yellow, & Primary Cyan.  Ideally Nancy likes students to have 2 different coloured yellows (eg. lemon yellow & golden yellow), 2 reds, and 2 blues plus the white and black.  If you enjoy lighter colours, you will need two white.


 

Make Your Own (Do-Wah) Ditty Bag with Brooke Gray (2 evenings)

Monday & Tuesday, Aug. 19 & 20, 2019 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.


A ditty bag was traditionally used by mariners to hold small tools and personal effects during their trips to sea. Some of the items in a ditty

bag included a marlinspike, a fid, beeswax, a palm, a case of needles, sail twine, and a horn tip full of grease. These small hand-sewn bags

would have been the first project for an apprentice to learn the skills needed to make or repair sails.

 

The skills learned to create a hand-sewn ditty bag is a worthy goal in and of itself and no experience is needed to create your own version

of this piece of maritime history. While many of us may not need a ditty bag to hold our sail and rigging tools, you will find a variety of uses

for this small tote-like bag. Brooke Gray, instructor (and fisherman’s daughter), will take you, step by step, through the process over two

evenings. Participants will also learn some basic rope finishes and embellishments.

 
Instructor:Brooke Gray is a fisherman’s daughter, born and raised on Nova Scotia’s salty South Shore. Brooke has a deep appreciation for

nets and lines and the hard work of fishing and spent many a day coiling up miles of perfectly placed lines and hooks. Brooke works as a

Heritage Interpreter at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg. At the Museum she enjoys demonstrating netting and knotting

and continues the tradition of spinning tales of the sea. See Instructors page for more details.

Experience Needed:none

Workshop Fee: $125CDN/$100* USD (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors may be eligible for tax refunds. Go to

Canada Revenue Agency's website.) *exchange rates subject to change.

Materials Fee: TBA includes seine cord & netting shuttle to take home.

Class Times: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.for both evenings

Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring apair of scissors to cut cord.

 
J
oin us for a free Community Netting Project with Brooke Gray at the LaHave Weaving Studio on

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  See Textile Conversations for other free events.