Get creative in this new workshop to design and plan a project using The Oxford Frame Loom!
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
What will I learn?
Participants in this workshop will learn how to design a project using The Oxford Frame Loom. They will learn how to map out their ideas, connect them with the technical possibilities available to them with The Oxford Frame Loom and consider which aspects of design will be relevant to their project.
Starting with their own research, mood board or samples from the Finding Inspiration for Your Next Woven Project workshop, students will identify a starting point for their project. As a group we will discuss elements of design like repeat, scale, colour and placement and consider how their research might align (or not!) with the intended outcome for their project.
With this knowledge in hand, students will refine their idea for their final project and gather materials in their desired colours and texture. They will then explore a variety of Setts, techniques and patterns to create samples, then test the viability of their ideas in the form of a small group discussion, with feedback given to help them through the design process. Students will also be taken through a technical worksheet step-by-step to record their findings.
Over the course of the day, students will build a strategy for design:
- Learn the basic elements of the design process
- Consider repeat, scale, colour & placement
- Test ideas and develop strategies to find solutions to challenges
- Connect the abstract with the practical
- Explore features of The Oxford Frame Loom to identify ideas and opportunities
- Solidify their understanding of a technical worksheet
- Learn how to sample and refine their ideas for a project outcome
Who is the workshop for?
This workshop would suit beginner or more experienced weavers who are keen to find a repeatable strategy to design projects on a Frame Loom. It would also suit those looking for the next step after taking our Finding Inspiration for Your Next Woven Project workshop to connect new ideas with the technical and practical application of a planning a project.
Participants will find this a really practical and useful workshop, connecting their ideas and inspiration to creating an actionable plan to design and plan a project. Typical class sizes hold a maximum of 12 students so there will be opportunities to share ideas and be given guidance.
Day 1: Learn the basic elements of the design process, Test and expand their ideas with this new knowledge, Explore features of The Oxford Frame Loom to expand their knowledge of techniques and patterns, Share ideas give feedback in groups, Sample and refine their project plan ready to take home
Looms & Equipment
Students will be weaving on The Oxford Frame Loom, our unique frame loom design that enables weavers to discover their weaving style. They will be working on our Medium loom for the duration of the workshop, but will be given the opportunity to purchase the loom at a discount of up to 25% should they wish to do so.
Students who already have The Oxford Frame Loom are encouraged to bring it along to the workshop.
All workshops are held in beautiful Oxford, where our studio backs onto the Oxford Canal and is a stones throw from central Oxford, train & bus stations and on the edge of the thriving Jericho community.
The workshop itself will be held in our studio or the gallery space of the Makespace Oxford building (space permitting).
For those wishing to stay overnight in Oxford and experience what the great city has to offer, we can offer some advice on where to stay and what to do. Get in touch! =)
WEEKLY: January 23rd, 30th & February 6th EVENINGS
- 1 full day of tuition (9:30am - 4:30pm) OR 3 x 2 hours (6:30pm - 8:30pm)
- All yarns and materials (£30 value)
- Refreshments (tea, coffee & biscuits)
What's Not Included:
- The Oxford Frame Loom
- Lunch (we request that you bring a lunch on the day or purchase something from The Hayfield Deli across from the studio)