WE2: Weaving to Dye For

In the current climate of "do it yourself," the acts of handweaving and dyeing have proliferated as expressive languages to explore function, conceptual content, and formal concerns including scale and sculptural form. In this intensive hands-on course, students learn the techniques of weaving on thefloor-loom, the processes of dyeing yarns, and how they interact to create color, pattern, image, and texture. Techniques include pattern weaves, structures for textural and sculptural forms, techniques of creating pattern and image in the dyeing process, dye calculations, and the use of the computer for designing pattern and structures. Both traditional and experimental use of materials and techniques are explored, and cross-discipline work is encouraged. Continuing or advanced students focus ondeveloping individualized direction through an in-depthinvestigation of techniques, materials, and content.