Watermark Art Center presents a weaving workshop led by instructor Kristin Majkrzak. “Introduction to Tapestry Weaving” will be held at Watermark on October 20-21 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tapestry weaving is a medium of artistic expression that is both ancient and modern. It is a way of “painting” with yarn that uses texture, color, and line as part of the design process, and your style can be anything from realistic to abstract.

In this workshop, participants will create a small wall hanging using simple frame looms to learn basic weaving techniques, starting with straight lines and interacting color and moving on to curving shapes and distorted weft. They will also learn how to warp the looms, plus some different methods of finishing your tapestries.

Cost for “Introduction to Tapestry Weaving” is $120 ($105 for Watermark members). In addition to registration costs, please note that a $15 materials fee will be charged at the door.

What should you bring to class? Scissors, notebook.

Kristin Majkrzak is the owner of Two Eyes Weaver in Bemidji. Her work has been featured in multiple juried exhibits. Majkrzak has taught weaving since 2012. She is a member of Watermark Art Center and the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail.

Artist Statement: Tapestry remains my favorite means of artistic expression.  The limitations of the weaving grid are freeing, as form can be for poetry.  I like to feel the creative sparks as I work my way around those limitations.  It’s also a slow and meditative process.  At times I use my own photographs, “tweaking” them to enhance the image and paying close attention to what I’m actually seeing instead of what I “think” I’m seeing.  I also play with geometry, illusions, what I find in the natural world, or just doodle. I have been exploring different facets of tapestry, including techniques from many parts of the world, facial expression, and 3-dimensional tapestry. I would also like to explore the intersection of woven image and poetry. The possibilities are endless!

 

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