Weaving is an ancient practice and one of humanity’s oldest, most resonant metaphors. In this workshop, participants will cultivate discipline and self-compassion through developing technical skills in tapestry weaving and through writing and editing personal incantations. An incantation is a positive affirmation amplified through embodiment; as we build our textiles, row by row, we will meditate on phrases and statements that give us power. In this way our incantations become tangible and our tapestries hold deep meaning (and maybe a little magic). Participants will find room to breathe within design constraints: very small scale, limited color palette, and minimal compositions on 6" Mirrix Saffron Pocket Looms. Beginners – and all those open to things that are a little woo -– are welcome!
Carolyn Hazel Drake is a mostly self-taught artist from a long line of craftswomen. She is a third generation Oregonian, and her aesthetic is grounded in the colors and textures of the Pacific Northwest. Her eye for color, pattern and detail was cultivated early on in her mother’s quilt store, as was her appreciation for handwork and being a part of a creative community. Carolyn has worked with all levels of learners, and her belief in the inherent creative potential of her students guides her approach to teaching. It is a source of great joy for her to see her students experience self-discovery through their own creative process.
Students should bring:
Sketchbook or journal
A fork (for beating tapestry)
Favorite pens / pencils
6" Mirrix Saffron Pocket Loom (for use in class only)
Cotton seine warp thread
Wool tapestry yarn in a range of colors