Wkshp: Vagabond Weaving

Commonly understood as a controlled process bound by heavy tools and expensive equipment, weaving is, in fact no more than the interlacing of pliable linear elements, held under tension. As a means of liberating ourselves from formal studio constraints, this course invites participants to engage in woven "cloth", by any means necessary. We will begin by exploring traditional mobile looms, including backstrap, inkle, rigid heddle, and tablet weaving. We will also consider alternatively constructed looms by way of found objects or architectural influences. Strategies around materials, patterns, and forms will help locate intersections between space, production, and the body through the rhetoric of weaving vernacular. Readings, lectures, critiques, and discussions will illuminate histories of weaving as a nomadic process, collective practice, and performative spectacle.