Woven Optical Illusions
This course will introduce you to several different ways to include create optical illusions in your weaving – how to use different techniques and structures to get various effects such as floating cubes, depth perspective, wonky lines and visual perturbations – ‘funky eyes’ in my terminology!
You don’t need a lot of weaving experience to weave these. To get the most out of this course, you will need a good working knowledge of weaving plain weave, twills and some experience of two-shuttle weaving. An understanding of basic double cloth would be helpful, but not vital.
The looms are set up for you so that you can sit down and weave. During the week, you will learn about the different structures and effects to give you the understanding you will need to create your own designs. All you need is yourself. All yarns and tools are provided.
Dates for 2022: 20-27 June 25 July – 1 August 22-29 August 5-12 September
We will look at shadow weave for creating depth perception in a couple of ways, using 4- and 8-shaft looms.
Tied weaves, such as Atwater Bronson lace and summer & winter, will be explored for creating depth and also the ‘wonky lines’ phenomena, as well as other visual trickery.
Double weave will be adopted for a classic weaverly, and artistic, expression using blocks.
Bringing optical surprises into your weaving is both rewarding and exciting! The sudden unexpected visual play that can arise for many different reasons was the inspiration into exploring this intriguing topic.
This is a fun and light course with plenty of opportunities for exploration in colour and structure.
Prepare for some fun!!