Surrounded by history and using both traditional and modern techniques to create original woven artworks is deeply rewarding. Doing so in an environment that is so congenial to relaxed learning is sublime! Your artistic creativity will be stimulated for design and your weaverly logic will be used in the weaving. Add to that the lovely Gascon countryside, food, drink and company, and you have the recipe for an unforgettable experience!
Jacquard weaving courses
Jacquard weaving is as different to shaft-loom weaving as shaft-loom weaving is to tapestry weaving. It is like playing a symphony in colour and design without the constraints of any shafts. My modern jacquard allows every single thread to be individually manipulated but my older jacquards (1880s) have repeat structures designed into them through their harness construction.
We offer a two-week intensive course or a more relaxed three-week course in jacquard weaving. You will learn how to design jacquards using Photoshop Elements. You can then transfer those designs to the modern loom or you can choose to create a mise-en-carte and cut and lace the binary cards that will run the old looms.
Either loom-type has its advantages. The old looms allow for deep learning of repeat structure through analysing the harnesses and weaving the same design at four different scales. You learn what works for the different scales, following in the footsteps of countless students of fabric design who have worked on these looms for the past 140 years!
The modern TC-1 loom allows you more design freedom but, perhaps, at the expense of such depth of learning. As with drafting on squared paper or computer drafting, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. It all depends on your perspective and what you want to experience! Whichever you choose, you will be able to experience weaving on the others.
This course is not for beginner weavers. Basic requirements: You need to have a good working knowledge of 4- and 8-shaft weave structures, reading drafts and physical weaving experience in order to get the most benefit from the course. Please email me to discuss your ideas.