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Start Date: May 20, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Experiment with weaving utilizing scale, shape, and structure beyond constraints of conventional looms. Woven material is created by interlocking two sets of threads called warp and weft over and under one another to create a textile. Using the basic structural components of weaving, this class will explore creation of looms from uncommon or found materials as well as architectural space. In this course, students will learn about helpful tools and ways to create woven forms from their own material and conceptual sources both individually and as a group project. 

No Prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 17, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Explore the excitement of painting with thread on your sewing machine! In this workshop we will learn to use various layers of sewing thread to add depth to your sewing projects. Whether you are an avid quilter, a seamstress, and artist, or simply want to discover the wonderful options free-motion machine embroidery can offer you, this workshop is for you. We will investigate color blending, and experiment with different weights of thread and ground fabric.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of a sewing machine.

Start Date: Aug 12, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Expand your personal design "language" through the exploration of key design concepts emphasized in Eastern/ Japanese fashion design. This workshop will examine form and function in fashion design - utilizing key aspects of design such as shape, texture, architecture, repetition and volume and experimenting with the variable effects these attributes have in their interplay with the body shape. If a garment is a sculpture, how does that sculpture come to life on a moving body? Traditional Western fashion design philosophies focus on precision pattern making resulting in tightly tailored, fitted garments. In this workshop students will explore the Eastern/Japanese emphasis on form by manipulating fabric through pleating, rouching, folding, and draping shapes directly on the dress form. Students will sketch, design, and sew a unique garment, a sculpture for the body that expands on simple two-dimensional manipulation of fabric to create and activate volume in a novel three-dimensional design.

Prerequisite: Basic sewing skills.

Start Date: Jul 15, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Geometry is intrinsic in all aspects of design, including fashion. In this course, we will explore shape and volume in fashion design by draping geometric figures on the form and translating these shapes into simple patterns. What happens when a large triangle, circle or rectangle drapes on the form? How do shapes function with the body? As with origami, geometric shapes are particularly useful in creating volume and form in garments. Students will pleat, tuck and fold large fabric shapes on the body and learn how different textiles hold bold shapes. Each student will design and sew one unique garment using these techniques.

Prerequisite: Basic sewing skills.

Start Date: Jun 17, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Learn to make a small, personal natural indigo vat without worrying about toxicity or cost of heavy chemicals.  This vat uses fruit residue in a natural chemical reduction to produce a quick, reliable, long-lasting indigo blue.  We'll explore simple resist techniques that produce textile patterns on silk and cotton fabrics, as well as threads for stitching. Students will learn care and maintenance of their vats.

No prerequisites.


Start Date: Jul 29, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Learn to make a small, personal natural indigo vat without worrying about toxicity or cost of heavy chemicals.  This vat uses fruit residue in a natural chemical reduction to produce a quick, reliable, long-lasting indigo blue.  We'll explore simple resist techniques that produce textile patterns on silk and cotton fabrics, as well as threads for stitching. Students will learn care and maintenance of their vats.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 13, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Design textile surfaces from start to finish in this multiple process course. Starting with immersion dying, techniques to create wash fast functional garments, accessories and fabrics will build upon one another. Using water based resist and direct application painting of dye, a second layer can be added to previously manipulated material. Screenprinting starting with black and white drawings, digital images, or patterns will be covered along with the use of water based inks to mask or work along with dyed goods. The first four weeks of classes will include demonstrations and practice of techniques followed by several weeks of free work time for independent projects. Special focus will be spent on chemistry of dyes, fiber, ink, and how to be successful in reaching planned project goals. Course includes 2 yards fabric, tote bag, and 2 scarves or bandanas.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 8, 2017 Days: Thu, Fri, Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Every country in the world has a unique aesthetic of mending.  The term “boro” serves to describe profusely stitched and mended Japanese textiles that receive an extended life with an abundance of functional but beautiful handwork. In this class, we will piece, patch, appliqué, and stitch a small-to-medium size cloth suitable for a table mat, personal tool bag or, with additional work, incorporation into a larger cloth for a garment, sculpture, or quilted work. Ample materials are provided.  Optionally, students may bring a cloth to mend: denim jeans or jacket, moth-eaten wool, thread bare cotton.  A variety of stitch work will be sampled, including traditional sashiko stitching.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 24, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fabric manipulation and surface embellishment have been used as bold forms of artistic expression in fashion design cross-culturally throughout history. In this course students will be encouraged to produce variations in texture and form through experimenting with the manipulation of fabric. Experimental application of techniques such as pleating, cording, ruching, smocking, and stuffed applique will provide a basis for an investigation of shape, texture and form. Each student will create yardage of fabric using these techniques and then design and sew a unique garment allowing them to explore how these embellishments function on the body.

Prerequisite: Basic sewing skills required.

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Start Date: Aug 18, 2017 Days: Fri, Sat, Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Weave useable wares on jack style floor looms with focus from start to finish on aesthetic design and material function.  Create a project of choice by learning to select warp and weft suitable for durability and desired visual qualities. Rugs, placemats, runners, and more each require specialized materials to become useful parts of everyday life. The class will begin with lessons on basic weaving terms and yarns along with design and color composition sampling. Calculate scale, yarn densities, and understand basic pattern drafting.  Each student will learn how to prepare and weave a project of choice on one of OCAC’s Macomber looms. 

Start Date: Jul 29, 2017 Days: Mon, Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Leave your control freak at home and spend a weekend creating spontaneous forms from fabric remnants. You will be surprised and delighted by the whimsical soft sculptures that emerge by simply joining the contours of randomly cut pieces of fabric. Use a sewing machine, hand stitch or glue your creations, allowing the process to inform the outcome without too much planning. Express your style through contours and choices of colors and fabrics; from bright to moody, fuzzy to silky.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jul 12, 2017 Days: Wed, Thu, Fri Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Gather up all those fabric technique samples and put them to good use!  A variety of project ideas will be presented outside the traditional quilted block: some practical and some inspirational, some traditional and some avant-garde, some useful and some purely ornamental.  We’ll explore small pieced projects, appliqué and embellishment, 2D and 3D options, hand and machine sewing.  Ample supplemental materials will be provided for each project.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Aug 26, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Students will learn the fundamentals of hand embroidery within the context of mending and healing. The steady practice of hand stitching can offer the maker a chance to slow down and study the “little worlds” that exist within our shared environment. We will discus various embroidery techniques and fibers, and place them in a historical context through slides and class discussion. Emphasis will be placed on technique and process so that students can bring these skills to their own work, yet old traditions will be built upon and offered up as current avenues for contemporary issues.

Prerequisite: Comfortable threading a needle.

Start Date: Jun 23, 2017 Days: Fri, Sat, Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Learn how to prepare and use a floor loom and create free formed wall hangings or textile works. Experimentation in materiality and hand manipulation will expand upon the framework provided by structured tools at hand. Day one will focus on learning how to select materials and prepare a multiple harness floor loom. Days two and three will be centered on playing with techniques to create self-guided projects by way of experimental technique. Selection of media from traditional yarn and beyond are encouraged.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jul 22, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

In this intensive workshop, students will learn the basics of looped forms. Techniques introduced will cover basic knitting, crochet and coiling, techniques that have survived nearly two millennia. We will discuss how line can transform into form, and the metaphors this touches upon. The goal is not to become an expert in the technique, but rather to experiment with material and concept. We will look at historical examples as well as current issues to inspire our investigations. All materials are welcome, for anything that can begin as pliable line can end as form using looped structures.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 3, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Visiting artists Barbara Setsu Pickett and her son, Michael Pickett, are back to bring their Mihara Shibori Studio to us here at OCAC! Join us to explore Colorhue silk dyeing and printing. Colorhue is a liquid, highly concentrated, non-toxic, fiber-reactive dye designed for especially for silk.  It comes in 10 hues.  It doesn’t need additional chemicals or heat.  It fixes immediately without chemical fixer, no batching, no ironing to set color.  Because it strikes so quickly, you can achieve unique color effects, like iridescence.  It needs almost no rinsing, saving water, energy and time.  Dye the 10 base colors and a tri-axial color scale that makes 21 hues from 3 primaries.  Optically mix hues by layering sheer silks.  Learn scrunch dyeing by massaging the silk goods in a small amount of dye in a sealable baggie. Achieve iridescent effects by quick successive overdyes. Experiment printing with Colorhue by adding it to shaving cream and applying it through thermofax screens or freezer-paper stencils.

Prerequisite: None