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

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

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.

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

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

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.

No prerequisites.