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Detail of textile by Joan Murray. Image: Joan Murray
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Exploring Textile Processes

Sat 25 June 2022, 11am - 3pm

£50 / Members £42.50

Explore textile techniques with artist and teacher Joan Murray.

Using her collection of ancient and contemporary samples, Joan will highlight various weaves and methods of construction. As an introduction to handling yarns and using weaving equipment, she will demonstrate Peruvian braid making for traditional slings and slit tapestry straps.

You will be guided to create samples, using card looms, and other simple equipment to create small weaves, Peruvian braids, Japanese braids and thread wrapping, inspired by Sheila Hicks’ organic and colourful pieces. You will have the opportunity to try working on a small rigid heddle table loom to explore simple colour and texture effects.

This session is suitable for beginners, though Joan will introduce techniques and approaches suitable to the experience level of individual learners.

Materials are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own materials to work with – bundles of threads, mixed yarn, scraps of fabric or hand spun yarn.

Book Your Place

Ticket sales end at 4pm on 23 June 2022.

A proportion of the allocated places are offered to Members at the discounted rate on a first come, first served basis. Please contact members@hepworthwakefield.org for your discount code, or see your regular Members’ newsletter. Become a Member.

Book your place online or if you have any questions or special requirements then don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing hello@hepworthwakefield.org.

A two week cancellation policy applies to all workshops. As commercial workshops support our charitable activities, and materials and equipment are ordered in advance, we regret that refunds cannot be offered less than two weeks before the workshop date should you wish to cancel your place.

Should The Hepworth Wakefield need to cancel a workshop, your ticket will be refunded in full.

About the Tutor

After studying Knitted Textiles at the Royal College of Art, Joan began making garments from her constructed fabrics using high quality natural yarns such as silks, cottons, cashmere and fine wool. Alongside knitting and garmenmt design, her broad practice incorporates weaving, monoprinting, painting, drawing, photography and collaborations across diciplines. She has created garments for dance and fashion, along with bespoke designs for clients, and has sold work to the collections of the V&A, Whitworth Gallery, Brighton and Hove Museum and other institutions, as well as to a growing list of private clients.

Joan’s extensive textile teaching experience at further education institutions and arts venues, and her experience of travelling within textile research, gives her a unique standpoint from which to deliver textiles workshops. She views teaching as an essential part of her work and a counter to the hours of discipline and solitude she devotes to knitting and weaving.

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