Classes & Workshops

At the Australian Tapestry Workshop we hold regular tapestry weaving classes, children's weaving classes in the school holidays, and various other classes. To receive information about upcoming classes please subscribe to our enews.


Please scroll down for infomation on upcoming classes & workshops including: 

+ Learn to Weave with Tim Gresham

+ Colouring Tapestry Workshop with Joy Smith

 

 

 


 

 

 

Learn to Weave - with Tim Gresham 

Join master weaver Tim Gresham in the stimulating environment of the ATW for an intensive 2 days developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale using the weft faced French Gobelin technique.

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. In these class you will use our in house dyed wool (range of 370 colours) and watch our weavers working on major commissions. 

Date: Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 November 2016 10am to 4pm.
Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop
Cost: $370 (includes all materials: loom, clamp, bobbin, 10 cones of yarn, warp, needles, notes)

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK


For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email ahayward@austapestry.com.au

**Please note: Full payment is required at the time of booking, all payments though our online booking system. Refunds on workshop bookings are not available, however if you can’t attend the class you are more than welcome to send someone in your place! We require a miniumum of 6 people to run this class, if we don't reach minimum numbers we will reschedule the class.

 


 

Colouring Tapestry Workshop

 

Join master weaver Joy Smith to explore colour in contemporary tapestry.

Explore different techniques in colour mixing for woven tapestry such as half passing and hatching. Learn how to create subtle gradations by mixing threads, and translate painted or printed colour into weaving.

Suitable for people with basic experience in tapestry weaving. 

 

Date: 19 & 20 September, 10am to 4pm on both days. 
Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop
Cost: $350, (Optional Tapestry Loom, Bobbin & Clamp for $60)
 
 
 

For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email ahayward@austapestry.com.au

**Please note: Full payment is required at the time of booking, all payments though our online booking system. Refunds on workshop bookings are not available, however if you can’t attend the class you are more than welcome to send someone in your place! We require a miniumum of 6 people to run this class, if we don't reach minimum numbers we will reschedule the class.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Past classes

2016 WORKSHOPS

Colouring Tapestry Workshop with Joy Smith

27.01.2016

Join master weaver Joy Smith to explore colour in contemporary tapestry. Explore different techniques on how to mix threads to produce small tapestries which sing with colour.

All of our teachers are trained at the ATW in weft faced French Gobelin techniques, and practising master weavers. In these class you will use our in house dyed wool (range of 370 colours) and watch our weavers working on major commissions.

Suitable for people with some experience in tapestry.

 

Wednesday 27 January 2016 10am to 4pm

Thursday 28 January 2016 10am to 4pm

Friday 29 January 2016 10am to 4pm

(all days include 1/2hr to 1hr lunch break)

 

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Tuition and materials: 

$520: All materials provided including wooden frame loom, clamp, bobbin and 6 yarn cones participants can keep.

$460: BYO Loom, Bobbin and Clamp, warp and 6 yarn cones provided. 

 "The class was awesome and I am SO STOKED that I had the chance to participate - thank you Joy! An extremely quirky, funny, out-there, creative patient soul = love it!! Also, by doing this class, I was able to keep an eye on what happens on a day-to-day basis in the workshop, not to mention being absolutely privileged to be around such brilliant talent - thank you and for those about to weave I salute you!"

                                                                                     - Comment from class participant. 

 


 

Learn to Weave with Tim Gresham

13.01.2016

Join master weaver Tim Gresham in the stimulating environment of the ATW for an intensive 3 days developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale.

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. 

All of our teachers are trained at the ATW in weft faced French Gobelin techniques, and practising master weavers. In these class you will use our in house dyed wool (range of 370 colours) and watch our weavers working on major commissions. 

This is a beginners class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills. All materials are provided. 

 

Wednesday 13 January 2016 10am to 4pm

Thursday 14 January 2016 10am to 4pm

Friday 15 January 2016 10am to 4pm

(all days include 1/2hr to 1hr lunch break)

 

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Tuition and materials: $520. All materials provided including wooden frame loom, clamp, bobbin and 6 yarn cones participants can keep.

 


Learn to Weave 

 
Join master weaver Joy Smith in the stimulating environment of the ATW for an intensive day developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. Participants will learn how to weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. This is a beginners class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills. All materials are provided. 

Saturday June 4, 10am to 4pm

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Tuition and materials: $230. All materials provided including wooden frame loom, clamp, warp, bobbin and 6 yarn cones participants can keep.

For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email ahayward@austapestry.com.au

 


Stamp Carving and Printing on Fabric Workshop with Ema Shin

Join textile artist Ema Shin for her Stamp Carving and Printing on Fabric Workshop.

Create original fabric designs by carving and printing with stamps. At this workshop you will learn how to carve rubber & potato stamps of your own design and how to print continuous patterns on fabric.


Participants will receive a piece of 60cm x 60cm calico fabric (plus an extra piece for test printing) and a 38cm x 48cm blank tote bag for printing. Please bring your own fabric if you wish.

Saturday June 4, 10am to 4pm.  

Cost: $145 including materials & use of tools

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park, South Melbourne.

Learn more about Ema Shin here. 

 


 

Yarn Painting Workshop with Rafael Cilau Valadez 

Join Indigenous Mexican artist Rafael Cilau Valadez for a free workshop to unpick the subtleties and techniques of yarn-painting. Participants will be able to try this cultural craft, where yarn is pressed into wax plates to create traditional designs.

Date: Friday June 10, 2016, 1pm - 4pm

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St, South Melbourne

Cost: Free, all materials provided. 

Bookings essential. There are 20 places available. Please let us know ASAP if you cannnot attend, and we can give your place to someone else. 

Rafael Cilau Valadez is a guest of RMIT iAIR through the Mexican Indigenous residency arts exchange -- a partnership made possible by the generous support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Mexican Embassy in Australia.

Rafael Cilau Valadez is the son of renowned Huichol yarn painter Mariano Valadez and anthropologist Susana Valadez. Coming from Nayarit in Central west of Mexico, Cilau a fifth generation Master Yarn Painting artist has been surrounded by master Huichol artists since childhood. He has done over 90 exhibits in North America, over 30 exhibits in Europe, and 5 in Asia. Now he is becoming a recognized traditional Wixarika medicine man (Marakame), but also travels the world exhibiting, lecturing, and demonstrating the Huicholart of yarn painting, his tradition and symbols. Artist of the year 2015, at Hollywood forever. His work has been featured at the United Nations, at the Museum of International Folk Art, and at events sponsored by National Geographic, Mexico, Riviera Nayarit, Don Julio, and universities like KSU and Harvard.


Kids School Holiday Weaving 

Friday 8 July, 2 - 4pm, $15 per child

Keep your kids occupied and enriched these holidays! In this two hour class, kids will learn the art of hand weaving on their own mini loom and make a colourful tapestry to take home!

Includes weaver tuition and materials. Parents are encouraged to stay and join in the fun!

Suitable for age 5 and up. 

Date: July 8, 2pm to 4pm 
Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop
Cost: $15 (mini loom and coloured yarn included)

 

 

Learn to Weave - with Tim Gresham 

Join master weaver Tim Gresham in the stimulating environment of the ATW for an intensive 2 days developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale using the weft faced French Gobelin technique.

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. In these class you will use our in house dyed wool (range of 370 colours) and watch our weavers working on major commissions. 

Date: Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 August 2016 10am to 4pm.
Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop
Cost: $370 (includes all materials: loom, clamp, bobbin, 10 cones of yarn, warp, needles, notes)

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK


For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email ahayward@austapestry.com.au

**Please note: Full payment is required at the time of booking, all payments though our online booking system. Refunds on workshop bookings are not available, however if you can’t attend the class you are more than welcome to send someone in your place! We require a miniumum of 6 people to run this class, if we don't reach minimum numbers we will reschedule the class.

 


 

‘Miniature Moments – seeing and interpreting detail in tapestry’ - Tapestry Masterclass with Cresside Collette - part of the Craft Cubed Festival

 
 
Join weaver Cresside Collette for a design development masterclass to create miniature moments in tapestry derived from drawing and collage.
 

Cresside Collette has long held the belief that as an individual tapestry artist one can express just as much observation, energy, interest and concentrated power in a small scale work as in the mural form that is synonymous with the development of the art of tapestry over the centuries.

Her current work explores the idea of scale, as each suite of tapestries takes, as it’s starting point, the same image and exploits its qualities from miniature to mural.

‘Miniature Moments – seeing and interpreting detail in tapestry’ is a two-day master class in design development for weavers with basic skills in tapestry weaving. Participants will be making a small tapestry derived from elements of drawing and collage.

 Examples of small work will be examined to understand how detail can be used successfully in tapestry, as well as learning technical methods involved in construction. The aim is to produce a small, coherent work of art within a limited time frame. Weavers that have completed an introductory course at ATW or similar will have the necessary skills for this class.

All warp & weft and other materials provided. Pack with tapestry loom, bobbin & clamp can be purchased at the ATW or participants can bring their own.

 
Date: August 11 & August 12, 10am to 4pm on both days. 
Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop
Cost: $350, (Optional Tapestry Loom, Bobbin & Clamp for $60)
 
 
 
 

For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email ahayward@austapestry.com.au

**Please note: Full payment is required at the time of booking, all payments though our online booking system. Refunds on workshop bookings are not available, however if you can’t attend the class you are more than welcome to send someone in your place! We require a miniumum of 6 people to run this class, if we don't reach minimum numbers we will reschedule the class.

 


 

2015 WORKSHOPS

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Joy Smith (November)

13.11.15

Join master weaver Joy Smith in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive 3 days developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. 

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.

At the Australian Tapestry Workshop we teach the same techniques that our masterweavers use. Joy Smith was trained with this technique at the ATW, which is one of the only places in Australia (excluding institutions) that teaches this technique at this level.

 

Dates: (The classes will be held on three consecutive Fridays)

Friday 13 November 10am-4pm 
Friday 20 November 10am-4pm
Friday 27 November 10am-4pm 

(all days include 1 hr lunch break)

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Tuition and materials: $520. All materials provided including wooden frame loom, clamp, bobbin and 6 yarn cones participants can keep.

 


 

REIKO SUDO Workshops

10.10.15

Saturday 10 October 2015

Morning 9am to 12pm:
Make a patchwork scarf with Nuno textiles.

Using NUNO textiles design and sew your own patchwork scarf. 

 

Afternoon 1pm to 5pm:
Itajime Shibori Dyeing.

Itajime shibori is a shaped-resist dyeing technique using pleating, folding, clamping to create shapes.
The shapes prevent the dye from penetrating the fabric they cover.

$150 per workshop

$50 discount for students (use promo code "Student")

$15 discount for Friends of the ATW (use promo code "ATWFriend")

 

Maximum 15 participants per class.

Held at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne.

 


 

Kids School Holiday Weaving - September

25.9.15

Learn to make a colourful tapestry in this hands-on weaving workshop. Kids will learn the art of hand tapestry weaving on their own mini looms with our beautiful hand dyed yarns.

Kids can then take their loom and some extra yarn home to keep making mini tapestries. Includes tuition by weaver and materials.

Friday 25th September, 10:30am, $18, includes tuition and all materials. 

  


 

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (August/ September)

28.8.15

Join master weaver Tim Gresham in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive 3 days developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. 

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.

At the Australian Tapestry Workshop we teach the same techniques that our masterweavers use. Tim Gresham was trained with this technique at the ATW, which is one of the only places in Australia (excluding institutions) that teaches this technique at this level.

 

Dates: (The classes will be held on three consecutive Fridays)

Friday 28 August 10am-4pm 
Friday 4 September 10am-4pm
Friday 11 September 10am-4pm 

(all days include 1 hr lunch break)

 

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Tuition and materials: $520. All materials provided including wooden frame loom, clamp, bobbin and 6 yarn cones participants can keep.

 

Tim Gresham:

Born in Brisbane in 1965, Tim Gresham now lives and works in Melbourne. He received a Diploma of Creative Arts at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, now the University of Southern Queensland from 1984-1986 and worked as a tapestry weaver at The Australian Tapestry Workshop from 1987-1992. 

Since then he has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in 1993, Craft Victoria in 2004 and Craft ACT in 2011. In 2003 he was a finalist in the Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award at the National Gallery of Victoria and is represented in several public collections in Australia. 

www.timgresham.com

 


 

'Drawing on my Place' Tapestry Masterclass with Valerie Kirk (August)

22.8.15

 

This workshop will involve explorations using art materials to look at ways of imaging place. It will also provide exercises to develop your thinking about what place means to people individually, as physical space and the inner space. Each participant will produce drawings, a finished design for an individual tapestry and sample weaving.

 

All materials are included. ATW looms are available for use or you can bring your own. If you would like to keep your loom, packs including wooden tapestry loom, clamp and bobbin can be purchased for $60.

Participants will need to be well practiced in the skills of tapestry weaving and have completed a number of small tapestries.

 

Dates: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 August 2015, 9am to 5pm 

Cost: $460

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St South Melbourne, VIC 3205. 

Valerie Kirk:


Valerie Kirk studied art and design at Edinburgh College of Art and was captivated by the creative process/infinite possibilities of the tapestry medium. In 1979 she came to Australia to become a weaver at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, and then worked in all states of Australia before moving to Canberra in 1991 to be the Head of Textiles at the Australian National University, School of Art. Her work from this time focussed on what it meant to be a Scottish/Australian in this context.

 She is considered to be an important international figure in the world of contemporary tapestry. As an artist, writer, teacher and public figure she has made a significant contribution, forging valuable and tangible links with the Scottish tradition and global field. While actively maintaining her practice as an artist, Valerie’s remarkable capacity for achievement has seen her inspire and lead community tapestry projects, research and write a major thesis on tapestry, direct significant textile projects and create major works. She has held several solo exhibitions and presented her work in USA, Europe, Australia, NZ and SE Asia.

Between 2004-2005 she was commissioned to design and weave three major tapestries to celebrate Nobel Prizes in Science associated with the Australian National University. A further tapestry was commissioned and woven in 2006 featuring the work on small pox and myxomatosis of Professor Frank Fenner. The tapestries are installed and on public display at University House, ANU.

 

 


 

 

Intermediate Tapestry Weaving (July)

 

6.6.15

Join master weaver Tim Gresham in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week learning intermediate tapestry weaving skills. 

Participants will learn colour gradation, hatching, half passing and interpretation of a small design. This class will teach you how to translate a design or drawing into tapestry.

This class is for people with that have completed our Introduction to Tapestry Course or medium level weavers who want to refine and improve their skills.

DATE

Monday 6 - Friday 10 July 2015 10am - 4pm*


COST: Tuition and materials: $660 (includes wooden frame loom, clamp & bobbin) OR $600 (Bring your own loom, clamp & bobbin)

(If you have completed the Introduction to Tapestry Class at ATW you will have these already)

VENUE: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne
  

Born in Brisbane in 1965, Tim Gresham now lives and works in Melbourne. He received a Diploma of Creative Arts at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, now the University of Southern Queensland from 1984-1986 and worked as a tapestry weaver at The Australian Tapestry Workshop from 1987-1992. 

Since then he has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in 1993, Craft Victoria in 2004 and Craft ACT in 2011. In 2003 he was a finalist in the Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award at the National Gallery of Victoria and is represented in several public collections in Australia. 

www.timgresham.com

 


  

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (May & June 2015)

22.5.15

 

Join master weaver Tim Gresham in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive 3 days developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. 

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.

Dates: 

The classes will be held on three consecutive Fridays:

Friday 22 May 10am-4pm 

Friday 29 May 10am-4pm 

Friday 5 June 10am-4pm 

(all days include 1 hr lunch break)

 

Venue:
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Tuition and materials:
$520. All materials provided including wooden frame loom, clamp, bobbin and 6 yarn cones participants can keep.

 

Tim Gresham:

Born in Brisbane in 1965, Tim Gresham now lives and works in Melbourne. He received a Diploma of Creative Arts at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, now the University of Southern Queensland from 1984-1986 and worked as a tapestry weaver at The Australian Tapestry Workshop from 1987-1992. 

Since then he has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in 1993, Craft Victoria in 2004 and Craft ACT in 2011. In 2003 he was a finalist in the Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award at the National Gallery of Victoria and is represented in several public collections in Australia. 

 

www.timgresham.com 

 


 

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving April 2015

16.3.15

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (April 2015) 

Join master weaver Tim Gresham in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. 

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.

Date:
Monday 20 - Friday 24 April 2015, 10am-4pm (includes 1 hr lunch break), plus two after class lectures.

Venue:
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Tuition and materials:
$660. All materials provided including wooden frame loom, clamp, bobbin and 6 yarn cones participants can keep.

 

Born in Brisbane in 1965, Tim Gresham now lives and works in Melbourne. He received a Diploma of Creative Arts at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, now the University of Southern Queensland from 1984-1986 and worked as a tapestry weaver at The Australian Tapestry Workshop from 1987-1992. 

Since then he has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in 1993, Craft Victoria in 2004 and Craft ACT in 2011. In 2003 he was a finalist in the Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award at the National Gallery of Victoria and is represented in several public collections in Australia. 

www.timgresham.com

 


  

Kids Weaving Workshop April 2015

9.04.15

Kids Weaving Workshop -  April 2015 

Learn to make a colourful tapestry in this hands-on weaving workshop. Kids will learn the art of hand tapestry weaving on their own mini looms with our beautiful hand dyed yarns.

Kids can then take their loom and some extra yarn home to keep making mini tapestries. Includes tuition by weaver and materials.

Thursday 9 April 2015, two sessions- 11am to 12:30pm OR 2pm to 3:30pm. $25 per child, suitable for age 5 and up.

 


 

Craft Summer Workshop Series February 2015

 

26 February - 12 March, 2015

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
with Joy Smith for the Australian Tapestry Workshop

Join master weaver Joy Smith for an introduction to weft faced tapestry weaving where you will develop the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.  Some homework inbetween sessions maybe required to complete the project over the three weeks.

Dates and times
3 Thursdays in February and March, 3 hours per session, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday 26 February
Thursday 5 March
Thursday 12 March

Ticketing
$470 members / $520 non-members (become a Craft member)

This workshop is part of Craft’s Summer Workshop Series at ArtPlay.

 

Please note this Workshop series is part of the Craft Summer Workshop Series and Craft are responsible for booking inquiries. Please visit their website via the above links if you have any questions.

 


 

 

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving January 2015

19.1.15

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (January 2015) 

Join master weaver Cresside Collette in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. 

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. The after class lectures will be presented by an ATW weaver and artist-weaver Tim Gresham. This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.

Date:
Monday 19 - Friday 23 January 2015, 10am-4pm (includes 1 hr lunch break), plus two after class lectures.

Venue:
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Tuition and materials:
$660. All materials provided including wooden frame loom, clamp, bobbin and 6 yarn cones participants can keep.

Cresside Collette is a tapestry artist, weaver and designer, who has practised her craft for over thirty years. She was one of the founding members of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, where she worked as a production weaver and designer for fifteen years.

Cresside graduated with a Diploma of Graphic Design from RMIT in 1970, and was the recipient of an overseas study grant from the Australia Council in 1980 to study in the Tapestry Department of the Edinburgh College of Art. She returned to study in 1998 to complete a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Tapestry, and then a Master of Arts (by Research) in 2003 from Monash University .

As well as making and exhibiting her personal work in nine individual and over fifteen group shows since 1971, she has undertaken twelve Community Tapestry projects for schools and City Councils since 1988. These have been individually funded by the Australian Bicentennial Authority, Arts 21 (Artists and Environmental Designers in Schools), the Community Cultural Development Board of the Australia Council and private benefactors.

She currently tutors at RMIT University in Tapestry and Drawing and the Portfolio contained in this website displays examples of her current personal practice.

2014 WORKSHOPS

Intermediate Tapestry Weaving December 2014 with Cresside Collette

1.12.14

Join master weaver Cresside Collette in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week learning intermediate tapestry weaving skills. 

Participants will learn colour gradation, hatching, half passing and interpretation of a small design. This class is for people with that have completed our Introduction to Tapestry Course or medium level weavers who want to refine and improve their skills.

DATE

Monday 1 - Friday 5 December 2014 10am - 4pm*


COST: Tuition and materials: $660 (includes wooden frame loom, clamp & bobbin) OR $600 (Bring your own loom, clamp & bobbin)

(If you have completed the Introduction to Tapestry Class at ATW you will have these already)

VENUE: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

* Plus two optional evening lectures. There will be a 1 hr lunch break, however lunch is not included in the cost.

Evening lectures will be by Sue Batten, ATW Weaver who will show a range of ATW samples and discuss the tecniniques used, and Rachel Hine, artist weaver. 

Cresside Collette is a tapestry artist, weaver and designer, who has practised her craft for over thirty years. She was one of the founding members of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, where she worked as a production weaver and designer for fifteen years.

Cresside graduated with a Diploma of Graphic Design from RMIT in 1970, and was the recipient of an overseas study grant from the Australia Council in 1980 to study in the Tapestry Department of the Edinburgh College of Art. She returned to study in 1998 to complete a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Tapestry, and then a Master of Arts (by Research) in 2003 from Monash University .

As well as making and exhibiting her personal work in nine individual and over fifteen group shows since 1971, she has undertaken twelve Community Tapestry projects for schools and City Councils since 1988. These have been individually funded by the Australian Bicentennial Authority, Arts 21 (Artists and Environmental Designers in Schools), the Community Cultural Development Board of the Australia Council and private benefactors.

She currently tutors at RMIT University in Tapestry and Drawing and the Portfolio contained in this website displays examples of her current personal practice.

  


 

INTRODUCTION TO TAPESTRY WEAVING (Class No. 5) with Joy Smith

24.11.2014

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (Class No. 5) with Joy Smith

Join master weaver Joy Smith in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. 

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. Evening lectures will be presented by ATW weaver Chris Cochius and artist weaver Tim Gresham.

This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.

Monday 24 - Friday 28 November 2014, 10am-4pm (includes 1 hr lunch break). Plus two evening lectures.


Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne
Tuition and materials: $660, includes wooden frame loom, clamp and bobbin which participants can take home.

Joy Smith is an Australian Tapestry Artist who lives and works out of Melbourne. Joy has been an active artist and weaver since the 1980's, producing over 200 personal tapestries or commissions. In addition, Joy has successfully held several exhibitions around Australia and internationally. Joy's work is in public collections in France and Australia as well as private collections in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Malaysia, United Kingdom and USA. In 2011 she won the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries.

 


 

SCHOOL HOLIDAY WEAVING WORKSHOPS

2.10.14

In this workshop children will do a short tour of the Workshop and watch the weavers at work then learn the art of hand weaving on their own mini loom. They will make a colourful tapestry to take home using the same yarn we use in the Workshop. Children can take their loom and some yarn home to keep making tapestries.  

Includes tuition by weaver and materials to take home. 

Thursday 2nd October - two sessions, $25 per child

10am to 12 noon

1pm to 3pm

Suitable for age 5 and up.

 


 

INTRODUCTION TO TAPESTRY WEAVING with Cheryl Thornton

22.9.2014

Join master weaver Cheryl Thornton in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. 

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. Evening lectures will be presented by ATW weaver Chris Cochius and artist weaver Tim Gresham.

This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.

DATE: Monday 22 - Friday 26 September 2014, 10am-4pm* plus 2 optional evening lectures (*includes 1 hr lunch break)

COST: Tuition and materials: $660, includes wooden frame loom, clamp and bobbin which participants can take home.

VENUE: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Cheryl Thornton completed studies in Art and Design in 1976 when her introduction to tapestry weaving began at a seminal workshop with acclaimed UK tapestry artist Archie Brennan. She was offered a position at the VTW in 1977. Thornton has worked on over fifty different tapestries, including the monumental Jorn Utzon for the Sydney Opera House. She has led many major commissions such as three of the Roger Kemp tapestries for the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Recital Centre tapestry based on a design by Bentinck Island artists and the recent tapestry designed by David Noonan. Thornton regularly exhibits her own work in solo and group exhibitions and is represented in the collections of BHP and the Queensland Art Gallery. 

 


 

BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP with Kyoko Imazu

20.9.14

Join artist Kyoko Imazu for an introduction to bookbinding and learn how to make your own artist books.

In this two day workshop, Kyoko Imazu will introduce historical and contemporary bookbinding techniques and demonstrate how to create your own artist books using concertina and coptic bookbinding techniques. All materials provided.

Kyoko Imazu was born in Japan and has lived in Australia since 2002. Since graduating from Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, she’s been exhibiting her works on paper nationally and internationally as well as works as a professional bookbinder.

DATE: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2014, 10am-4pm (includes 1hr lunch break)

COST: $300 per person, including all materials

VENUE: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW KYOKO'S WORK

 


 

TAPESTRY MASTERCLASS with Tim Gresham

25.08.2014

For Tim Gresham tapestry is as much about time and rhythm as it is about creating images. The repetitive, time-consuming nature of tapestry is the perfect medium to convey these ideas. 

In this masterclass participants will look at ideas of design that go beyond image interpretation. Influences of sound and music, time and rhythm will be visually expressed through advanced tapestry techniques. 

Participants will look at different approaches to design and go beyond the translation of an image to more abstract ideas such as designing directly on the loom, or perhaps not designing at all, simply weaving rhythm - exploring physical motion and passage of time. 

The masterclass will explore how these unique techniques and the qualities of tapestry are suitable for expressing such abstract concepts. The class will look at different ways of using techniques such as half passing and hatching, and efficient ways of combining the two.

Participants will need to be well practiced in the skills of tapestry weaving and have completed a number of small tapestries.

 

CLASS DETAILS: Monday 25 August to Friday 29 August 2014, 10am-4pm, (1 hour lunch break), including an optional evening lecture by Sara Lindsay, curator and artist weaver. 

VENUE: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205

COST: $660, includes use of equipment and materials for the duration of the course - looms, warp, yarn and bobbins. 

 

Born in Brisbane in 1965, Tim Gresham now lives and works in Melbourne. He received a Diploma of Creative Arts at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, now the University of Southern Queensland from 1984-1986 and worked as a tapestry weaver at The Australian Tapestry Workshop from 1987-1992. 

Since then he has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in 1993, Craft Victoria in 2004 and Craft ACT in 2011. In 2003 he was a finalist in the Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award at the National Gallery of Victoria and is represented in several public collections in Australia. 

 


 

INTERMEDIATE TAPESTRY WEAVING CLASS with Cresside Collette

26.5.2014

Join master weaver Cresside Collette in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week learning intermediate tapestry weaving skills. 

Participants will learn colour gradation, hatching, half passing and interpretation of a small design. This class is for people with that have completed our Introduction to Tapestry Course or medium level weavers who want to refine and improve their skills.

DATE

Monday 26 - Friday 30  May 2014 10am - 4pm*


COST: Tuition and materials: $660 (includes wooden frame loom, clamp & bobbin) OR $600 (Bring your own loom, clamp & bobbin)

(If you have completed the Introduction to Tapestry Class at ATW you will have these already)

VENUE: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

* Plus two optional evening lectures. There will be a 1 hr lunch break, however lunch is not included in the cost.

Evening lectures will be by Sue Batten, ATW Weaver who will show a range of ATW samples and discuss the tecniniques used, and Rachel Hine, artist weaver. 

Cresside Collette is a tapestry artist, weaver and designer, who has practised her craft for over thirty years. She was one of the founding members of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, where she worked as a production weaver and designer for fifteen years.

Cresside graduated with a Diploma of Graphic Design from RMIT in 1970, and was the recipient of an overseas study grant from the Australia Council in 1980 to study in the Tapestry Department of the Edinburgh College of Art. She returned to study in 1998 to complete a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Tapestry, and then a Master of Arts (by Research) in 2003 from Monash University .

As well as making and exhibiting her personal work in nine individual and over fifteen group shows since 1971, she has undertaken twelve Community Tapestry projects for schools and City Councils since 1988. These have been individually funded by the Australian Bicentennial Authority, Arts 21 (Artists and Environmental Designers in Schools), the Community Cultural Development Board of the Australia Council and private benefactors.

She currently tutors at RMIT University in Tapestry and Drawing and the Portfolio contained in this website displays examples of her current personal practice.

 

 


 

 

INTRODUCTION TO TAPESTRY WEAVING (BEGINNERS) - Class No. 3

28.4.2014

Join master weaver Cheryl Thornton in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. 

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. Evening lectures will be presented by ATW weaver Chris Cochius and artist weaver Tim Gresham.

This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.

DATE: Monday 28 April - Friday 2nd May 2014, 10am-4pm* plus optional evening lectures (*includes 1 hr lunch break)

COST: Tuition and materials: $660, includes wooden frame loom, clamp and bobbin which participants can take home.

VENUE: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Cheryl Thornton completed studies in Art and Design in 1976 when her introduction to tapestry weaving began at a seminal workshop with acclaimed UK tapestry artist Archie Brennan. She was offered a position at the VTW in 1977. Thornton has worked on over fifty different tapestries, including the monumental Jorn Utzon for the Sydney Opera House. She has led many major commissions such as three of the Roger Kemp tapestries for the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Recital Centre tapestry based on a design by Bentinck Island artists and the recent tapestry designed by David Noonan. Thornton regularly exhibits her own work in solo and group exhibitions and is represented in the collections of BHP and the Queensland Art Gallery. 

  


  

NEW CLASS: Introduction to Tapestry Weaving Class 2

**BOOKED OUT**

17.2.2014

 Due to the high demand of places in the Introduction to Tapestry Weaving we will run a second class from the 17th to 21st of February 2014.

This is exactly the same as the first class except different dates - please see below for details. 

  


 

WORKSHOP: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTING

10.02.14

Artist Ema Shin hosted a workshop introducing participants to Japanese woodblock printing. 

In this three-day workshop, Ema presented examples historical and contemporary woodblock printing. She also demonstrated basic techniques using traditional materials and water-based pigments. Participants created their own multi-colour woodblock print.  

Ema Shin has a master’s degree majoring in traditional and contemporary print from Aichi Art University in Japan. She has taught at numerous international art residencies and community projects and exhibits her work internationally. For more information about Ema please see her website

 


 

INTRODUCTION TO TAPESTRY WEAVING - February 2014

**BOOKED OUT**

3.2.2014

Join master weaver Joy Smith in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. 

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. Evening lectures will be presented by ATW weaver Chris Cochius and artist weaver Tim Gresham.

This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.

Monday 3 February - Friday 7 February 2014, 10am-4pm* 

plus optional evening lectures (*includes 1 hr lunch break)


Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne
Tuition and materials: $660, includes wooden frame loom, clamp and bobbin which participants can take home.

Joy Smith is an Australian Tapestry Artist who lives and works out of Melbourne. Joy has been an active artist and weaver since the 1980's, producing over 200 personal tapestries or commissions. In addition, Joy has successfully held several exhibitions around Australia and internationally. Joy's work is in public collections in France and Australia as well as private collections in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Malaysia, United Kingdom and USA. In 2011 she won the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries.

In 2014 we will also be holding an intermediate & masterclass as well as each school holidays we will be holding weaving classes for children.

2013 WORKSHOPS

Woven tapestry and cloth: Masterclass with Kay Lawrence

30.8.14

A woven tapestry is as much a cloth as it is an image, with all the complexity that this fusion of categories entails. Consider how the visuality of an image is transformed when it is created through the intimacy, tactility and repetitive movements of the weaving process. The complexity of this relationship can be particularly generative when developing ideas for woven tapestry. 

Join Kay Lawrence for an intensive and stimulating week of experimentation and discussion that will engage participants in developing ideas for woven tapestry through exploring the materiality and associations of cloth. This class is run in conjunction with the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries, which will be announced on the evening of 29 August. 

Participants will need to be well practiced in the skills of tapestry weaving and have completed a number of small tapestries.

In order to provide a starting point for experimentation and stimulate discussion, participants will be asked to bring a few items and do some reading in preparation for the masterclass. A list of requirements (including a materials list) will be provided to participants prior to the class.

 

Professor Kay Lawrence AM was introduced to tapestry weaving by Belinda Ramson in 1975 before attending a workshop with Archie Brennan in 1977 and studying with Maureen Hodge in Scotland in 1977/78. By then addicted to the medium, she developed an internationally recognised practice as a tapestry weaver over the next thirty years.   As well as creating a substantial body of her own work, she initiated the community tapestry movement in South Australia and completed a number of significant tapestry commissions for public spaces.

 

When: Monday 26 to Friday 30 August 2013, 10am – 4pm with a lunch break (lunch not included in the cost), plus optional evening lecture on Wednesday 28 August. Participants will also receive an invitation to the opening of the Kate Derum Award exhibition on 29 August. 

Where: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

How much: $625 (includes use of equipment and materials for the duration of the class)



Beginners tapestry class with Cheryl Thornton

1.1.13

Join master weaver Cheryl Thornton in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. Evening lectures will be presented by ATW production manager, Sara Lindsay and artist weaver, Cresside Collette.

This class is for people with no experience in tapestry and for those who wish to refresh basic skills.

Class time: 10am – 4pm, plus optional evening lectures.

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

Tuition & materials cost: $600
Equipment cost: $55 - wooden frame loom, clamp and bobbin (yours to keep).

Participants should bring: Sketchbook, drawing materials, fine black permanent marker, scissors and ruler.

 

2012 WORKSHOPS

Tapestry weaving masterclass with Cheryl Thornton

1.11.12

Join master weaver Cheryl Thornton in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week of skills development and investigating the potential of interpretation. Participants will be introduced to the way in which the ATW works with a wide range of artists and have the opportunity to respond to a variety of imagery, from the photographic to the delicate transparency of watercolour. Evening lectures will be presented by ATW production manager, Sara Lindsay and artist weaver, Cresside Collette.

This class is for people who have acquired basic tapestry skills and have completed several small tapestries.

Class time: 10am – 4pm, plus optional evening lectures. There will be a lunch break, however lunch is not included in the cost. 

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne

$600 including materials - looms and bobbins provided for the duration of the course. Additional yarn & bobbins will be for sale at the Workshop.

Participants should bring: Sketchbook, drawing materials, fine black permanent marker, scissors and ruler.