Explore the creative possibilities of weave using a little loom and found and recycled materials through a two hour workshop.
Using a little cardboard loom you will keep at the end of the workshop, we will weave with a wide range of textures. These will include things you bring, plus silk, mohair, wool, paper, old photos, and raffia that will be provided. You will be able to explore both the weaving process and the possibility of different products. Even on a tiny loom it is possible for a beginner to create a little wall hanging or a neckpiece, a brooch or a little bag. Lots of unexpected effects can be created through weaving unusual materials together. There will be lots of yarn and scraps of beautiful silks available. Please also bring anything you would like to experiment with. The little weaving you make may stand alone, become part of a series or become incorporated into other art works you are developing.
Mary Burgess is a hand weaver based in Melbourne, Australia. We were very proud to stage Mary’s exhibition ‘Weaving Meaning’ here in Rome in July 2017, which featured some of the works from her Woven Memories project. As part of Woven Memories, Mary works with people who have kept precious clothes, fabric, scarves and buttons, often when a family member has died. Collaborating with individuals and family groups she takes apart and then re-works their loved items through the medium of hand weaving. Mary creates unique keepsake pieces such as baby blankets, bedspreads, throw rugs and scarves. These new pieces nurture and comfort and continue to hold memories of loved family members and special times.
We have a number of Mary’s incredible pieces of wearable art in the Counterweave collection. As well as necklaces made from vintage Lyon silk, we have some of Mary’s very special talisman pouches, woven from eco-dyed silk and often incorporating found objects like parrot feathers and special sticks from Mary’s travels through Central Australia. You can buy Mary’s pieces through the Counterweave Arts online shop or contact us if you are in Rome to visit the gallery.