Zero Waste & Tapestry Weaving on a Clay Loom

September 4 - September 8, 2021

Zero Waste & Tapestry Weaving on a Clay Loom


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $50

This workshop will focus on introductory weaving techniques and stylistic considerations when working on tapestries. Not only will you learn how to dress a loom and weave on one, you will use handbuilding techniques to create your own unique ceramic looms! The main overarching theme is about the ways in which sustainable practices benefit the environment, while facilitating the creation of stylistically unique work. You will be encouraged to use recyclable and fabric-based items (plastic or paper bags, old shirts, clothes etc.) to incorporate into your project. Two basic weaving structures will be taught; the plain weave and rya knots.

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


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Cynthia Alberto

An artist, designer, and founder of the Brooklyn-based Weaving and Healing arts studio Weaving Hand, Cynthia Alberto seeks to bridge traditional and contemporary weaving techniques, drawing inspiration from ancient communities of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Her artwork, performances, and public weaving projects honor traditional and artisanal techniques while also incorporating unconventional materials and a zero-waste philosophy. Throughout her artwork and teaching, Alberto continuously explores the many intersections between weaving and healing, as well as craft and sustainability. Inspired by her studio practice and teaching, Cynthia continuously explores diverse relationships between weaving, healing, inclusive art, craft, and sustainability. In 2014 at Weaving Hand, Cynthia developed “Weaving Together”: a series of ongoing collaborative weaving events that focus on healing the community and create interpersonal relationships through the act of weaving together. Members of different communities are invited to bring recycled materials to weave alongside their neighbors. “Weaving Together” events were held at Museum of Arts and Design, Cooper Hewitt, Barnard College, Pratt Institute, Earth Day Initiative, Pioneer Works, Queens Museum, Ace Hotel, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Bldg 92 ¬≠Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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