Woven Seats

July 7 - July 11, 2023

Woven Seats


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $100

According to the U.S environmental protection agency, furniture waste generated by Americans in 2017 totaled 12.2 million tons and 80% of it went to landfills. Only 0.3% of furniture waste was recovered for recycling. Woven seats are a great way of extending the life cycle of furniture. Compared to petroleum-based furniture foam, one single material (cord) can create comfortable seating. In this workshop, you will be introduced to basic frame making and traditional weaving methods for woven seats. Starting with a plain weave, which is the most popular weaving for seats, you will progress to learning various other weaving techniques using various cord materials.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Heechan Kim

Heechan Kim is an object maker and an art/design educator. He applies traditional craft techniques in a new context to reimagine and explore visual possibilities and materiality.  Since COVID, he has been focusing on exploring woven seats as a sustainable design thinking process and creating a series of woven seats. He recently finished his artist residency at the Museum of Art and Design, New York and started an artist in residency program at Monira Foundation, Jersey City, NJ. He is currently teaching at Parsons the Newshool and City College of New York.

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