31 Dec Inhabiting the Liminal: Weaving Paradox & Pouches
This workshop is rooted in the deep gnosis and collective remembrance of one of our most ancient technologies, weaving and string making. Cordage and weaving were essential survival tools for our earliest ancestors dating back nearly 30,000 years.
Together we’ll be making beautiful woven pouches in an innovative weave-in-the-round technique using low cost materials that are easy to replicate at home. Participants will have the choice to weave a pouch in a variety of sizes and specifications, but we’ll mostly be focused on creating small purses/medicine pouches with options to finger knit, braid, or weave a strap or belt. A variety of natural fibers will be available for you to create your own unique design (wool, cotton, jute, silk, hemp) as well as sizing options to make a pouch to fit your medicine/tarot deck/journal/phone/tablet. I’ll be demonstrating simple techniques for color work as well as tassels, beads, rya knots, flaps and other embellishments.
Alongside instruction and demos, we’ll also be discussing the history, mythology and metaphoric significance of weaving throughout time and across cultures as a predominantly feminine technology. We’ll spend time discussing the significance of the gesture of weaving itself. Weaving is essentially a study of tension and opposition. Holding and uniting opposing forces is what creates the magic of woven thread and ultimately fabric. Inviting participants into deeper consideration of how we inhabit the intersections of opposition and tension—in service of our creational potential, as makers, as women, as holders of complexity and as fractals of the collective will be some of the contextual underpinnings of this offering. Using these simple materials with mindful intention will create a beautiful, satisfying, functional piece of art rooted in one of our most ancient and essential skills.
Inhabiting the Liminal: Weaving Paradox & Pouches will be shared by Mary Diaz.