Fibers & Weaving

The imagination can be freed working with textiles, where fiber art techniques such as shibori, batik, silk-painting, or block-printing can be adapted from global traditions, cultural symbolism, or the human imperative for mark-making.

And our 50 floor looms, located on the two floors of the Priest's House on the Ursuline Campus, are considered to be the largest teaching collection in the U.S., and are enjoyed by an active community of adult student weavers..

Students enrolled in: 2002 | On Loom Weaving Studio Projects have access to the studios for working independently outside of class time during the following days and times: Mon & Wed | 4:00 – 6:00pm; Tues & Thurs | 12:30pm – 2:30pm; Fri | 9:00am – 2:00 pm; and Sat | 10:00am – 2:00pm. Maxham Fiber Studio 1st & 2nd Floor | Tobin Building

Fibers & Weaving Material List

  Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Registration

Spring 2019 priority registration for Members opens online Tues, December 4th at 9:00am. General registration starts Tues, December 11th.

Fibers Course Descriptions

 2001a | Introduction to Weaving

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Wed, 1/30/2019 to 4/3/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270.00

Learn the fundamentals of weaving on a four shaft loom. This foundation class focuses on loom set up, understanding basic weave patterns (plain weave and twill variations), double weave construction and material considerations. Creating sound structure and developing good weaving habits will be emphasized. Reading drafts will also be covered. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom for the semester. A supply list will be provided at the first session. Note: This class is a prerequisite to 2002 On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects.

 2001b | Introduction to Weaving

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Thurs, 1/31/2019 to 4/4/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270.00

Learn the fundamentals of weaving on a four shaft loom. This foundation class focuses on loom set up, understanding basic weave patterns (plain weave and twill variations), double weave construction and material considerations. Creating sound structure and developing good weaving habits will be emphasized. Reading drafts will also be covered. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom for the semester. A supply list will be provided at the first session. Note: This class is a prerequisite to 2002 On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects.

 2002a | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Tues, 1/22/2019 to 4/2/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280.00

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced student-artists who wish to pursue their own direction in weaving. Acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials will be emphasized. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one of the Fibers Department's large collection of floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, preferably between Nov 9 and Nov 30; and if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Dec 1. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Jan 14 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

 2002b | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Wed, 1/23/2019 to 4/3/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280.00

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced student-artists who wish to pursue their own direction in weaving. Acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials will be emphasized. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one of the Fibers Department's large collection of floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, preferably between Nov 9 and Nov 30; and if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Dec 1. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Jan 14 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

 2002c | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Thurs, 1/24/2019 to 4/4/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280.00

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced student-artists who wish to pursue their own direction in weaving. Acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials will be emphasized. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one of the Fibers Department's large collection of floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, preferably between Nov 9 and Nov 30; and if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Dec 1. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Jan 14 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

 2002d | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Mon, 1/28/2019 to 4/1/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270.00

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced student-artists who wish to pursue their own direction in weaving. Acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials will be emphasized. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one of the Fibers Department's large collection of floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, preferably between Nov 9 and Nov 30; and if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Dec 1. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Jan 14 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

 2003 | Fiber Study for Weavers

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/28/2019 to 4/1/2019 | Arranged through Department- Arranged through Department
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 1st Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $125.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $110.00

This class will follow along with 2002 | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects, however without exclusive access to a loom. Students will attend weekly lectures covering topics of weaving structure, materials, contemporary fiber artists, cultural and historical subjects, dyeing techniques, critiques, and so much more. Students will weave two samples of structures that are discussed in class and will have a two-week dye lab to explore dyeing techniques. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience. Prior to registering: students must contact the Fiber Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, for approval for registration. Instructor will place students in an appropriate session according to their schedule. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

 2004 | Tapestry Weaving: The Basics

Level: Beginning/Intermediate | Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/9/2019 to 3/10/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Student Lounge | Building: Urschel Building
Tuition: $210.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $195.00

This intensive two-day class will lead students step-by-step through traditional flat tapestry weaving techniques. Tapestry is the most basic of weave structures, but offers the artist a wide range of visual possibilities. Students will learn how to prepare a warp and weave simple shapes. The class is designed for both beginners and those with experience wishing to refresh their skills. Looms and materials will be provided; please bring a lunch both days.

 2367 | Screen Printing on Fabric

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Jean Dahlgren
Dates: Sat, 3/30/2019 to 3/30/2019 | 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $145.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $130.00

A silk screen is a very versatile tool with endless possibilities for creating lines, shapes, and textures on fabric. This workshop will cover how to make a screen from start to finish. Students will explore many different printing techniques by using thickened dye, washable glue, masking tape, shredded paper, freezer paper, newspaper, spray painting and permanent screens. Please see the SSA website for a list of materials and please bring a lunch.

 2378 | ConnectAbility

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Miki Rodriguez
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/2/2019 to 3/3/2019 | 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $160.00

This two-day class explores a variety of fiber techniques to connect both familiar and unusual materials-wood, found objects, wire, cardboard, fabric scraps, plastic, and papers-by stitching, fusing, wrapping, stapling, knotting, painting, and drilling. Students will explore design ideas as they create personal arrangements, enhancing and connecting materials to fabric or paper surfaces using assorted techniques. There will be ample opportunity to take risks and unblock creative energies. Application possibilities are endless but might include quilts, handbags, pillow covers, or book covers. See SSA website for a list of material; please bring a bag lunch.

 2442 | Pattern Design for Textiles

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Susie Monday
Dates: Sat, 2/9/2019 to 2/9/2019 | 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $145.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $130.00

Discover creating original design patterned fabrics. Start by designing repeating, tiled textile designs on paper and digitally (laptop and/or tablet) using a variety of iPad and web-based apps and tools. How to use online "print-on-demand" services for printing custom designed yardage to make original fabrics for garments, art, mixed media, interiors and more will also be covered. Ipads are recommended; other tablets are possible to use though may not have all the iPad features and apps. See SSA website for a list of material; please bring a lunch.

 2492 | Pattern-Making for Fiber Artists

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Melinda Adams
Dates: Fri, 3/22/2019 to 3/29/2019 | 9:30 AM- 2:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $170.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $155.00

This course introduces the weaver or surface designer to the basic principles and techniques of flat pattern development, their application for hand-created textiles and how to draft basic slopers (a basic pattern, based on body measurements, which is used as the building block for all other patternmaking). Students will create personalized slopers and learn a variety of manipulations such as basic bodice, skirt, collars, and facings. Students will also understand how two-dimensional shape translates to the three-dimensional form. Basic sewing and math skills are required. Please purchase required book and take measurements prior to class. The measurement chart depending on which edition is either an Appendix in the back of the book or it is with how to do measurements, which is in Chapters 2 & 3. Please see the SSA website for a list of materials.

 2998 | Ikat Dyeing

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Daniel Garver
Dates: Fri - Sun, 2/22/2019 to 2/24/2019 | 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $290.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $275.00

Used extensively in different cultures, Ikat is a dyeing and weaving process, in which fibers are masked, dyed, and then woven creating pattern and imagery in the woven textile. In this workshop we will explore ikat designs from around the world, create our own designs, and learn how to weave both warp and weft ikat fabrics. The process of ikat presents the possibility to create unique and complex fabrics on the most rudimentary of looms, or add additional visual interest in combination with loom controlled patterns. The resulting appearances of ikat weavings are fluid, poetic, and inherently one-of-a-kind. This workshop will allow students to take the provided information and processes and apply them to their own studio practice. Please note that students will need to provide a loom for this workshop. See the SSA website for a list of materials prior to registration; please bring a lunch each day.

 2900 | Textile Studio Workshop in Oaxaca

Level: Study Abroad | Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: , 8/3/2019 to 8/13/2019 | -
Studio: Off Campus | Building: Off Campus
Tuition: $2,200.00 | Members/Seniors (65+):

Through 10 days of interactive studio visits, workshops, and immersion in the daily lives of textile artist Porfirio Gutierrz and his family, students will come closer to Zapotec history, culture, and contemporary daily life. Learn natural dye techniques with native plants and insects, weave on traditional floor looms, and visit other artisan studios. Woven in, this immersion will include day trips to significant archaeological sites and museums in the area, as well as assisting with meal prep-all and all to give students an understanding of how the past and the present are intertwined in modern day Zapotec culture. Cost includes: workshops and materials, transportation and entry fees, interpreters and guides, housing (double occupancy), and meals while at the studio. Students can anticipate additional expenses for airfare, travel insurance, day trip meals and beverages, individual excursions during free time, and personal purchases. Workshop Dates | Sat - Tue, Aug 3 - 13 Tuition: $2,200 Single Room additional charge: $475 $200 Deposit is due by Feb 1 Tuition Balance is due Mar 15 Cancel by Mar 15: 100% refund minus $200 non-refundable deposit Cancel by May 15: 50% refund minus $200 non-refundable deposit No refunds after: May 15. Visit the Study Abroad webpage to register.

 
 

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