Structure & Image: Computer Jacquard Weaving

Instructor: Stacy Speyer
OAK / TEXT–113/ 10 sessions
Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Photoshop and experience working on Mac computers
June 13-25, Fri./Sat./Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Mon./Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
$20 lab fee payable at registration

This summer intensive explores how the myriad of patterns possible on a computer-controlled loom can transform drawings, photographic imagery, and text into the structure of a piece of fabric.

The first week of the workshop introduces students to using the Pointcarré Computer Jacquard Weaving software, importing images from Photoshop, and weaving samples on the TC-1 computerized jacquard loom. During the second week, each class begins with instruction followed by open studio, allowing students time to weave. The class also discusses the history of Jacquard fabrics and looks at contemporary works created with computerized Jacquard.

Limit: 8 students; one student per computer. Bring to first class: paper and pen for note-taking and a USB stick to save files developed in class.

This one-unit course may be combined with two other one-unit courses to satisfy a Studio Elective.

Stacy Speyer is an artist curious about structure. For over a decade she explored lines in space through her large-scale installations made of dyed and woven sewing thread.  Experiments through a variety of mediums, ranging from natural materials to digital imagery, have led to a series of geometric structures and an Artist in Residence at the SF Exploratorium.  Ms. Speyer’s work has been exhibited nationally and is represented in private collections. BFA, Kansas City Art Institute; MFA, CCA.