FREE to the public
The arts of spinning, weaving and dyeing, as well as felting and basket weaving date back thousands of years. Today most people think of these arts as rather obscure activities. But, while few of us think about it, every (non-knit) shirt, blouse and pair of jeans or slacks we wear consists of threads that were spun and then woven on a loom that someone threaded.
Industrial spinning machines and looms are ruthlessly consistent but not creative. Before you are works that strive to meet the precision of a machine while expressing the thoughts, emotions and creativity of the individuals who created them. Some of us find satisfaction in the execution of an elaborate weave pattern. Others like “painting” with the colors and the textures of the yarns. Spinning can be wonderfully calming. Felting allows for almost unconstrained expression in three dimensions. The results of dyeing? . . .frequently a surprise!
All are incredibly labor intensive activities involving a details and skills that a lot of us may not even recognize among ourselves. Soak up the beauty, enjoy the variety, ask questions and enjoy the show!
Installation by Pam James, Barbara Larson and Bob Bateman of the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin, and Rebecca Bingman of Texas Folklife.
Texas weavers love their deep traditions in functional craft and art. Weaving is an art form that sprouted from the skills employed by those turning fiber into yarn, yarn into cloth, and cloth into useful, practical, necessary, and often time, lovely and expressive household and wearable items. felting, basketry & more. Members use traditional & new techniques to create wearable art, fine household items, & purely artistic expressions of thread, ribbon, wire, natural fibers, and other filaments.
Parking for the event is available in Texas Folklife's gravel driveway, on street immediately in front of building, and Asterra Properties (located next door). Overflow parking available at Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Rd). Please use spaces in the back or on the south side of the Recycled Reads building