Textile workshops at idiomART

This month we have a number of great workshops at idiomART!

We are so happy to announce that fiber artist Rommie Gerber-Reddington is back in Cuenca and will be giving two different textile workshops.

The first is “Felting: A Soft Addiction”. Felting dates back to pre-historic times and is a process that causes natural fibers, like wool, to fray slightly and fuse to the other fibers around it, creating a more solid appearance, which can be used in a variety of creative projects.

This workshop covers most aspects of felting and also gives a brief historical background. You will learn how to make felted items using fleece and roving of different animals (Merino, Romney, Alpaca, Rabbit).

Oct. 13
10 AM – noon
$45 (lunch and materials included)

The second is “Shibori: Fascinating Way of Fabric Design”. What is Shibori? It’s a Japanese resist dyeing technique that produces patterns on the fabric. In this 2-day, hands on workshop, you will learn how to create amazing designs on natural fabrics using simple Shibori methods. You will also learn how to incorporate these designs into your creations such as clothing, decorations or any other creative expression.

Oct. 19 and 26
10 AM – noon
$90 (lunch and materials included)

About the artist:
Rommie is an accomplished textile artist and tutor. She was originally trained and educated in Austria, the heartland of textile arts and crafts. She moved to Australia in 1974 with her young family and continued practicing her craft, turning it into an exciting art form.

Rommie works mostly with natural fibers such as wool (sheep, alpaca, etc.) silk, cotton and linens. She uses ancient and traditional techniques such as felting, weaving, knitting, shibori and resist dying to create contemporary textiles and clothing. Her colorful and bold designs are true collectors’ items.

Rommie is presently living in Cuenca, Ecuador researching, creating and teaching methods of incorporating local alpaca fleece into modern garments and wall hangings.

To sign up for these workshops and to find out about other classes we have in October, email: idiomartcuenca@gmail.com

Felting: Oct. 13 from 10 AM – 2 PM; Shibori: Oct. 19 and 26 from 10 AM – 2 PM, prices vary, idiomART is located at: Presidente Cordova, between Miguel Angel Estrella y Manuel Vega (diagonal from Coral Centro downtown), Cuenca.

Sarah HB

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