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  • October 19, 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • October 20, 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
  • 12


In this two day, twelve hour, design workshop we will look at tapestry weaving from all angles exploring the marriage of materials, processes, and ideas. What we create as tapestry weavers is unique to our craft. Materials speak to us as we respond within the format of our processes. We also work within a cultural and historic context that feeds us emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Tapestry is also a celebration of the human hand and spirit and is not machine adaptable. We are reminded of our humanity as we engage with our materials directly.

The format of this workshop will include a series of design experiments that relate directly to the processes that we use to create tapestry. As weavers we are constantly reminded of the linear nature of working as we weave our way down the warp. Often times the shapes and colors we use are a series of actions and reactions as we create a composition. Within this spontaneity we use cartoons to control specific images.

Formally, we will look at the elements of design and how they can come together to create a vocabulary for telling a story or expressing an idea. Our language is visual so how do we spell out words using color and form. Students will leave this workshop with a series of design projects that will lead them up to the threshold of their next project on the loom.

Materials fee: $20 Lab fee

Student supply list: TBA

Class Level: Concentration, Saturation

Member Price:$190

Non-Member Price: $210

Instructor: David Johnson

Instructor Bio:  David produces pictorial tapestry, representational work, as well as pattern oriented work as demonstrated in his Echo Series of tapestry woven carpets. Pictorial works often address social, political, and spiritual themes. David says he views his art as a form of visual communication carrying a message in a way that transcends language. The Echo Series pieces are purely about form and design. These works are intended to function as art on walls or as floor coverings. 

As a workshop instructor, David has taught workshops in tapestry weaving throughout the United States. Recent teaching includes workshops at the Denver Art Museum, “BreckCreate” in Breckenridge, Colorado and the Intermountain Weavers Conference in Durango, Colorado. Exhibitions include Gender Bend: Women In Wood, Men At The Loom at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.

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