The Autumn Equinox: Design for Tapestry Weaving Workshop

22/09/2024 - 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Tutor: Alastair Duncan
When: Sunday 22nd September 2024
Time: 10am to 4pm
Cost: £30 members, £45 non-members
Level: Intermediate/ improvers (maximum 9 students)
Where: Strathpeffer Community Centre, School Road, Strathpeffer IV14 9AG
To book: Workshop booking form on Highland Guild website

Alastair Duncan is a visual artist, who works in tapestry weaving as well as photography and sound. His work is influenced by his interest in tactile, visual and aural texture that developed from his tapestry weaving training at Cleveland College of Art in the North East of England.
Alastair regularly teaches courses at the AGSWD Summer School -most recently in 2023. See the Spring 2024 Journal for a review.

What to expect:
Using the Autumn Equinox as a theme, this workshop will focus on the practical steps of design development through to weaving a tapestry. It will cover various aspects of tapestry weaving and how these may influence design development and the theme or subject of design. A range of approaches to design will be considered and, given the theme, colour will be an important element of this work: how yarns and techniques can be used to present an atmosphere, whether through a pictorial image or abstraction.

What to bring:
• Basic wooden tapestry frame without nails/ grooves (or anything that will restrict your sett options). Minimum dimension: 45 cm * 60 cm.
• Your usual weaving tools, such as bobbins, beater, clamps, ruler and scissors.
• Design tools such as paper, pencils, images design inspiration.
• You may also bring your own weft and warp yarns. All materials will be checked and discussed regarding suitability for weaving according to the planned design and warp sett. You can warp up your frame, if you wish, but ensure that you will be able to adjust the sett.
• Refreshments and lunch.

What will be provided:
• Yarns. A mixture of rug wool, pure wool and alternative materials will be available.
• Wooden bobbins will be provided but need not necessarily be used.