Tutor: Laine Toia-Burnett
This Loom Weaving course will allow the students to explore fiber art and experiment with their expressive nature. Laine Toia will draw from her traditional Maori weaving expertise and contemporary weaving practice to support the students towards manifesting their weaving vision through traditional practice methods, contemporary approaches to weaving, entwining theory, and understanding materials and process. She will also talk about the meditative and healing nature of a weaving practice.
The students will acquire the foundation skills used in loom weaving and learn techniques to enable them to produce their own wall hanging work. Students will learn how to cast on their own loom, learn about thread tension, will learn different weaving techniques and knots to create different patterns, how to trim and cast off a work, and learn the vocabulary of weaving. Laine will discuss the behavior of different fibers and materials used in weaving, from natural plant and animal based fibers to synthetic. Students will also research the practice of other fiber artists to provide a frame work and context to inform their own emerging fiber practice.
This practical course is hands on in a small group to allow one-on-one teaching time as well as group demonstration. The course fee includes a table loom (A2 size) for each student to keep, Laine will also provide some wool and fiber in natural colour. Students will need to bring additional wool and fiber in the colours of their choice for their project (mixed texture and thickness).
THE 6 WEEKS COURSE WILL RUN FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING 7 MARCH TO 11 APRIL
EACH CLASS WILL START AT 6PM AND FINISH AT 9PM.
About Laine Toia-Burnett:
Laine Toia-Burnett is the young artist behind Bespoke Weaving. Her weaving practice started during a surgery recovery time, while she was healing she was weaving. With her background in Interior design, she made it her mission to create her first piece of contemporary weaving during her recovery, using her Maori weaving knowledge and her design flair. Weaving has become almost like a form of meditation for Laine. she finds it very comforting to see how each piece slowly evolves and flows into something beautiful. By giving in to her interest in weaving, Laine has learnt about past generations of amazing weavers on both sides of her family, and it gives her daily work a stronger purpose.
From a young age she was taught to be thankful for the plants that nurture us in our everyday life, this translates into her creative process as she says a Karakia (Prayer) to thank the plants for providing the fibres for her to weave with. She was also taught the original steps to prepare the plant for weaving, from sourcing the plant, stripping and drying the fibres, right up to dying the natural fibres before it is woven.
All of these precious tools help Laine to have a better understanding and appreciation of what she creates today and influence her weaving style; a mix between Traditional and Contemporary.
“Threading the Modern and Traditional together”
TUESDAY 6 PM – 9 PM
$350.00 PER TERM (MATERIAL INCLUDED)
ENROLMENT NOW OPEN
- Please read the short courses frequently asked questions and the courses terms and conditions.
- A material list will be sent with the enrolment confirmation email.
- This course will run in Term: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 . Please check the 2018 Continuing Education Calendar for the terms dates.
For any question regarding this course, please contact us directly.