I am happy to announce I will be teaching at Convergence in Milwaukee this year, the first week of August 2016. Visit the Handweavers Guild of America webpage for complete details: http://www.weavespindye.org/convergence
3W-M004 Mashru Scarf: Ikat in Indian Style with Natural Dye;
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 1-3, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Wind, bind, dye, and weave a cotton Ikat scarf inspired by the dazzling Mashru fabrics of India. Students will experience the magic of Ikat weaving on their own loom in this intense workshop where they will bind the warp with a resistdesign and dye it with natural dye on the first two days and weave a scarf on the third.
A 4–8 shaft loom with reed sizes of 8, 10, 12 or 15 and a warping board will be required. Materials Fee: $35. Level: Intermediate.
U-R036 Navigating the Graphic Potential of Pro-Weave for Repeat Design;
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
A dazzling array of software is available to handweavers. Pro-Weave is an unusual choice because it allows the weaver to draw as a key part of the design process. In fact, the graphic potential is so great that the user can easily generate charts for other textile projects. This workshop explores how to use the graphic tools for repeat design and more.
A laptop with the free demo version of Pro-Weave installed will be required. Materials Fee: $6. Level: All.
S-FP076 Ikat Centers of India: Gujarat, Telengana, Odisha
Friday Afternoon, August 5, 2016, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Wendy Weiss Explore the exciting world of contemporary Indian Ikat and draw your original design. In 2015 Wendy Weiss visited each area as part of her Fulbright-Nehru senior scholar research project and will show fabric samples from each Ikat region. Learn about her work introducing digital design techniques to a small group of artisans in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat and her visit to the Patola House, home of the world’s only Ikat museum.
Materials Fee: $1.50. Level: All.
Jewish Community Center, Louisville, Kentucky
February 21-March 29, 2016
Opening reception, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2-4pm
This exhibition features recent naturally dyed ikat weavings by Wendy Weiss and accompanying photographs of ikat artisans at work in India and historic looms and factory buildings in Łodź, Poland by Jay Kreimer. The exhibition also highlights five silk weavings by artisans in a rural community in the Surendranagar District of Gujarat, where Weiss worked as a Fulbright Nehru senior research scholar from October 2014 to July 2015, training the weavers in digital design. Ikat is a method of dyeing warp and/or weft yarns, using binding of selected areas of the threads to resist dye the yarns in a patterned way, prior to placing them on the loom to weave. Ms. Weiss has been developing a method to create pattern in ikat using the traditional Gujarati system for preparing the warp yarn.
In August of 2014 she taught an ikat workshop at the Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts Łodź, Poland which inspired a group of weavings about the “Litzmannstadt Getto,” in Łodź. One of these weavings will be exhibited at the 15th International Triennale of Textiles in Łodź in 2016.
Developing new designs using ProWeave software to generate the renderings.
A team of designers in the Clothing and Textiles Department at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda created a collection of shibori garments following a workshop introducing them to the techniques of stitched and bound resist. Remarkably, after a brief introduction to the possible ways of using basic techniques the designers created a collection they premiered at the CREATIONS 2015 fashion show, April 2015, in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Wendy Weiss introduced the group to shibori and Ankita Patadiya provided the natural dye session in the department, using indigo, sappanwood and ferrous acetate dyes. Wendy was a guest faculty member from October 2014-July 2015 while working in Gujarat on a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar Award. Dr. Anjali Karolia is chair of the department and guided the team in their garment designs while Wendy worked with them on the resist concepts.
Ikat is a traditional form of yarn preparation for weaving that is practiced in many Asian and Central Asian countries as well as Central and South America and North Africa. Artisans bind selected sections of warp or weft threads before dyeing, in order to form patterns in the cloth as it is woven on the loom. “Warp ikat” describes the process of binding the warp in a patterned way to prevent selected areas from receiving dye prior to placing the warp on the loom to weave. Similarly “weft ikat” is woven from resist-bound dyed weft threads, and “double ikat” is woven from both warp and weft-bound dyed threads. In 2009, a Fulbright-Nehru senior research award enabled me to document warp resist binding in the village of Somasar, in the Surendranagar region of Gujarat, India. I adapted what I learned from Master Weaver Vaghela G. Vitthalbhai, for use in a western studio where imagery and pattern development ideas differ from traditional Indian patola (double ikat designs specific to Patan, Gujarat). The workshop I taught in Lodz, Poland was based on this research. We used plant based natural dye on cotton warp to develop our color.
A group of international students convened at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland to participate in “Resist!,” a two week intensive course on designing and dyeing cotton warps with red and yellow plant based dyes. Participants from Poland joined with other textile artists from England, Iceland, Ireland, and Spain. The academy is home to an extensive and well respected textile art, design and fashion program. Students wove on looms from historic mills that populated the city since the 19th century.