Weaving Drafts with Jamie Boyle
July 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Date: July 15, 2023
Description: This workshop will introduce participants to the basic components of a weaving draft, a system of notation for weaving cloth on a multi-harness loom. Participants will learn to read a weaving draft, identifying the elements of the draft and how they map from paper onto the loom. A useful tool, weaving drafts are a system of notating the path of yarn (warp) through the loom and they include directions for the weaver’s movement as they create the cloth by weaving in the weft. Weaving drafts can also be works of art in themselves!
While there will be one loom set up in the room on which participants will be able to experiment weaving from a draft, we will spend most of our time during the workshop with pencils and grid paper, creating weaving drafts. We will also learn a way to introduce color to our drafts, further envisioning on paper how our woven cloth designs might look.
Whether you are seeking a new way to make a patterned drawing on paper, or you are interested in beginning to read or design drafts to support your weaving practice, this workshop is for you! No experience is expected, and while some familiarity with the loom can be helpful, it is not necessary. We will be covering the basics of the loom, as we learn about weaving drafts.
Tuition: $95 + $5 materials fee
Materials: All materials will be provided.
Location: Contemporary Craft (5645 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201)
Cancellations and Refunds: Workshop cancellations are decided three business days before the start date. If workshops must be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class fee will be refunded through Eventbrite, or you may leave your workshop fee in your Contemporary Craft account for future workshops.
Refund Policy: Student refund requests must be made at least three business days before a class begins. There will be a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given without three-business days notice. Processing of refunds takes approximately three weeks.
If you require accessibility accommodations, please let us know by calling 412.261.7003 and we are happy to assist you.
About the Artist
Jamie Boyle is an artist and weaving teacher who recently moved back to Pittsburgh after living for more than a decade in a studio apartment in Brooklyn, NY with a partner and two cats. She attended public school from grade school through graduate school. Her first weaving teacher was the artist Ann Hamilton, in whose studio Jamie worked for several years after completing her MFA in sculpture. Subsequently, Owyn Marisol Ruck, Kira Silver, Isa Rodrigues, Kelly Valetta, and Jose Picayo taught Jamie who to use a multi-harness floor loom as a tool for weaving. She has had the great honor of sharing her love of weaving with communities of learners at the Park slope Center for Successful Aging, the National Council of Jewish Women NY Lifetime Learning Center, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Textile Arts Center, among others. Jamie has participated in artist residencies at the Textile Arts Center (Brooklyn, NY); the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY); and through the SU-CASA program administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council. Currently, she is an artist-in-residence in the fibers studio at Contemporary Craft.