All upcoming education + events are listed below. If you're interested in scheduling, creating new curriculum, or collaborating in some way, please let me know.

 

SAIPUA

Brooklyn, NY

July 16, 2017  /  12 - 4 PM


SAIPUA FIBER SERIES : SPINNING

This spinning class is the first in a series of three fiber classes that explores the cycles and relationships between plants, animals, the creative process and product. Making with our hands is a means of expression inspired by an essential creative energy innate to every human. Fibers we spin and threads we weave become markers of time, place, and identity and allow us an immediate creative outlet, deepening an unspoken connection to the objects and materials at hand. In process, we find a balance between the spiritual and physical, an embodiment of creative thought and an avenue for connection.

Using fresh roving from World’s End, this class will explore the fundamentals of fiber processing: the cycle of light to plant to animal, how fleece is harvested and cared for, how fibers react and can be used. We will learn to spin our own yarn on a drop spindle -- one of man’s oldest tools for creating. All students will walk away with their own drop spindle, first skein of yarn, and plenty of roving to keep spinning at home.

Each class can stand alone, or be taken in succession -- following the fiber from World’s End sheep through processing, spinning, dyeing, and weaving.

Refreshments will be served.  Limited to 15 participants; no experience or knowledge necessary. All materials provided.

Location: SAIPUA Studio, 177 Dwight St. Brooklyn

Cost: $220.00; includes NYS sales tax

 

SAIPUA

Brooklyn, NY 

July 23, 2017  /  12 - 4 PM


SAIPUA FIBER SERIES : DYEING

This dyeing class is the second of a three part series that explores the cycles and relationships between plants, animals, the creative process and product. Our natural environment provides a vast array of color. This class will look at the relationship to these color sources, and using mostly materials from World’s End we will explore the science and art of dyeing fiber. Saipua yarn will be provided, as well as some other sample material -- or students who enrolled in the Spinning class may want to take the next step with their hand spun yarn and apply color. Students will walk away with dyed roving, a dyed skein of yarn, dyed sample fabrics, and recipes & resources for home.

Each class can stand alone, or be taken in succession-- following the fiber from World’s End sheep through processing, spinning, dyeing, and weaving.

Refreshments will be served. Limited to 15 participants; no experience or knowledge necessary. All materials provided.

Location: SAIPUA Studio, 177 Dwight St. Brooklyn

Cost: $180.00; includes NYS sales tax. 

 

TAC

Brooklyn, NY

July 29 - 30  /  11AM - 5PM


TEXTILE ARTS CENTER : WEAVING 101 

In this 12-hour Weekend Intensive course, students will learn the principles of hand-weaving on a 4 harness floor loom, including how to wind your own warp, dress the loom, and explore basic weave structures— plain weave, basket weave, ribs and twills. Focus is on understanding the loom as a machine and walking through the entire process of creating woven fabric, while discovering possible creative realms and the meditative nature of weaving.  

Location: Textile Arts Center, 505 Carroll Street

Cost: $350.00; includes Open Studio time to practice techniques outside of class.

No prior experience needed. 

 

TAC

Brooklyn, NY 

Aug 12 - 13 / 11AM - 5PM


TEXTILE ARTS CENTER : WEAVING 101 

In this 12-hour Weekend Intensive course, students will learn the principles of hand-weaving on a 4 harness floor loom, including how to wind your own warp, dress the loom, and explore basic weave structures— plain weave, basket weave, ribs and twills. Focus is on understanding the loom as a machine and walking through the entire process of creating woven fabric, while discovering possible creative realms and the meditative nature of weaving.  

Location: Textile Arts Center, 505 Carroll Street

Cost: $350.00; includes Open Studio time to practice techniques outside of class.

No prior experience needed. 

 

SAIPUA

Brooklyn, NY

August 27, 2017  /  12 - 4 PM


SAIPUA FIBER SERIES : WEAVING

This weaving class is the last in a series of three fiber classes that explores the cycles and relationships between plants, animals, the creative process and product. As one of the oldest art forms, weaving allows our bodies to create something from nothing. A simple grid structure, holds an understanding of the balance between order and chaos -- and also a way of using yarn to draw, create shapes, study color and texture. Whether it’s end use is functional or not, the process of tapestry weaving is meditative and connective, drawing in a closer relationship to our objects and how they form. Students will receive a frame loom and tools, skein of Saipua yarn, and explore other materials for creating their own weaving. 

Each class can stand alone, or be taken in succession-- following the fiber from World’s End sheep through processing, spinning, dyeing, and weaving.

Refreshments will be served. Limited to 15 participants; no experience or knowledge necessary. All materials will be provided.

Location: SAIPUA Studio, 177 Dwight St. Brooklyn

Cost: $260.00; includes NYS sales tax

 

Worlds End Farm

Esperance, NY

September 22 - 24, 2017


WOOL, TEXTILES, AND THE CREATIVE ACT

In time for chillier days, this workshop will provide a visceral exploration of wool and its uses over the course of three days and two nights at Worlds End Farm. We’ll experience the natural cycles of producing the raw material, explore the creative process of making textiles, and examine our relationship to the final product. 

No prior experience is required; just an openness to connecting with the land, animals, materials, and fellow participants. Conversation and hands-on experimentation in spinning, dyeing, felting and weaving, will allow investigation of how textile traditions, natural fibers and our innate drive to ‘make’ reflect broader human values, desires, and needs. Students walk away with an understanding of the production and uses of wool and textiles, tools & resources for continuing at home, and a renewed connection with the creative process. 

Limited to 9 participants; no experience or knowledge necessary. All materials provided

Location: Worlds End Farm; Esperance NY. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Worlds End Farm. The most convenient travel option is by car - either (a) driving, or (b) Amtrak to Albany–Rensselaer station followed by taxi. If you are driving and would consider car pool, or if you're looking to car pool or share a taxi with other participants, please email elevine@saipua.com and we can put you in touch to coordinate location/time.

Cost: $1,125; The cost of the weekend includes NYS sales tax; on-site accommodations; students will sleep under the stars at the farm's rustic Tipi Village. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served, and feature food grown on the farm.