new programs for the new year

From mending old to making new- we are starting the year off all about cloth and delving deep into culture.

Learning to mend and online community time! This online mending guild from Jan. 20-March 31 on Wednesday nights offers 2 weeks of time between sessions to complete one garment repair and move on to the next- so you can get those sweaters and coats mended and then look to your spring wardrobe too! Mending Guild registration

Jen Brant joined our board of directors last year after participating in a variety of our programs, and we are thrilled she can share with us now virtually. Jennifer developed a love of textiles and fibres early in life, collecting scraps to stitch while under her mother’s sewing table, and nestling up against both grandmothers as they knit and crocheted. As a young, single parent, thrifting and repair were essential parts of clothing herself and her child. This skill set, born out of necessity, quickly became a beloved activity, and wove its way into her formal art practice. A graduate of ECUAD, with a BFA and an MFA, she continues to centralize textiles and associated processes in her work. She draws mending inspiration from Tom of Holland and Angela Maddock, both of whom she workshopped with in 2017, and is always very excited to learn new techniques.

Warp Weighted Loom Guild

Have you been following Sharon Kallis’ warp weighted loom project? Now is your chance to have a virtual hand lead you through the process! David Gowman will take you through all the steps for building your own warp weighted loom, with Sharon stepping in at the end to demonstrate and problem solve the first warp so you are ready to weave for spring! Find out why so many people love this easy to use and versatile loom that takes up little space in an apartment. Consider making it a family project for your household to enjoy. January 31-April 18 on Sunday mornings twice a month via zoom. Registration and more information is here

Past Threads: Present Place Guild with Sharon Kallis will be a recurring group on Sunday mornings from Spring into Winter. A chance to do a personal deep dive into your own ancestral place and the traditional clothing of that place, and contextualize it to the here and now of where you live and what plants and animals surround you now. Sharon will lead the group through spinning, dying and weaving steps to help focus direction of research and time will be spent each virtual gathering discussing what we are learning and technical demonstrations to help you get to the next step. This guild is inspired by the EartHand artists in residence for 2021, Jolene Andrews and Cease Wyss and the research work they each will be doing into their own cultural traditional regalia and daily cloth. Find out more and register here.

More basketry and other programs coming soon!