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Rag String Vessel Construction with Ilka White

There’s something lovely about a vessel for holding things.

This hands-on workshop begins with string making, then introduces Looping and Coiling as ways to construct vessels from humble rags.


Date: Sunday 22nd Oct, 9.30am-4.30pm
Cost:$120
For bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279804
Places are limited to 12 people and bookings are open now – please share with friends who you think might be interested

Experiment and cross-pollination are central to the process, with approaches to shaping addressed as we go along. These techniques lend themselves to sculptural outcomes and a plethora of designs and applications begin to suggest themselves the more broadly we think!

Other workshops Ilka will be holding at the Arts Hub:
Natural dyeing & tablet weaving workshop
August 12th & 13th from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279798

Braided Rag Rug workshop
Date: Saturday 2nd Sept, 10am-4pm
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279802

For more information:
Sarah Koschak 0419 322 681
Julie Patey 0408 528 536
newsteadartshub@gmail.com
http://www.ilkawhite.com.au

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Braided Rag Rug workshop with Ilka White

A great way to recycle old clothes and fabric!

In our second workshop with visual artists Ilka White, we will learn to make fantastic rag rugs using an off-loom, spiral-woven braiding technique, in this one day workshop. We share an inspiring range of colour and design possibilities in these workshops, as well as covering cloth and fibre types.

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Date: Saturday 2nd Sept, 10am-4pm
Cost: $120 per person
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279802
Places are limited to 12 people and bookings are open now – please share with friends who you think might be interested


Beautiful and unique floor coverings are possible using contrasting colours, or you can blend patterned rags for a ‘carpet of flowers’. This braiding technique weaves in as we go so there is no stitching up required afterward.

Bring your own material to recycle and find out what riches can come from rags…

Most people’s work by the end of the class is about the size of a dinner plate. The completed size is up to you, and could range from a small mat to a room-sized rug. This workshop gives you all the skills you need to finish off the rug at home.

Other workshops Ilka will be holding at the Arts Hub:
Natural dyeing and tablet weaving
Date: August 12th & 13th from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279798

String vessel construction workshop
Date: Sunday 22nd Oct, 9.30am-4.40pm
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279804

For more information:
Sarah Koschak 0419 322 681
Julie Patey 0408 528 536
newsteadartshub@gmail.com
http://www.ilkawhite.com.au

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Botanical dyeing and tablet weaving workshop with Ilka White

We are excited to announce we will be running a series of workshops with talented textile artist Ilka White. I know it is a little while off, but we don’t want you to miss out!

All workshops will be held in the warm, spacious and light filled workshop room at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub, but take note… this is a Lab-like workshop – you will be using the stove burners in the kitchen, plus outside areas.

The first in the series will be a 2 day workshop:

Natural dyeing & tablet weaving workshop with Ilka White
August 12th & 13th from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: $200
Places are limited to 12 people and bookings are open now – please share with friends who you think might be interested

To make a booking: https://www.trybooking.com/279798

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Day 1
For thousands of years plants have been used to dye fibre and fabric and a beautiful natural palette is still available today without the need for harmful chemicals. Local weeds or kitchen off-cuts can offer you harmonious hues in a range of values and intensity. This hands-on workshop introduces a selection of local colour possibilities, as well as discussing fibre types, mordanting options and dye safety. A shibori technique will also be used to produce patterned cloth. Come and discover some of nature’s hidden sources of colour!

Day 2
Tablet weaving is a method of making narrow bands, belts and straps on an ingenious ‘loom’ consisting essentially of a pack of cards with holes in the corners. An ancient technology, examples of tablet looms have been uncovered from the Iron Age and earlier! Learn to weave a beautifully patterned band on a portable loom that’s yours to keep. We’ll be weaving with the botanically coloured yarns dyed the previous day in our Natural Dyeing Workshop!

For more info:

Sarah Koschak 0419 322 681
Julie Patey 0408 528 536
newsteadartshub@gmail.com
www.ilkawhite.com.au