Contemporary Weaving: Masterclass with Liz Williamson

Weaving has many social, cultural and technical traditions and conventions which provide rich sources of reference for contemporary practice. In this workshop some of these traditions will be examined, adapted and explored for designs that suit the current environment of contemporary design. Participants will design and make woven structures that reflect the current concern for environmental issues and sustainable materials while designing and weaving pieces for the body or as 3D objects.


This workshop will draw on several weave traditions that underlie Liz’s current practice, namely:

  • the rag rug tradition involving the reuse of fabric as weft
  • the long tradition of woven containers, storage containers and bags
  • the double cloth structure

The workshop will challenge participants to develop and realise concepts that draw on these and other weave traditions.
This workshop is suitable for intermediate and experienced weavers who should know how to warp and dress a loom.
Liz Williamson is an internationally recognised textile artist who has exhibited widely both in Australia and abroad and is represented in most major public collections in Australia. Liz is currently Head of the School of Design Studies, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, Sydney.
In 2007 Liz was selected as a Living Treasures: Master of Australian Craft. This prestigious award given by Object Gallery and Craft Australia acknowledged her contribution to craft and design over more than 30 years. Her exhibition can be viewed at Sturt Gallery 20 March – 1 May.
Enrolment forms are available from Sturt Gallery, 02 4860 2083 (10am to 5pm daily)
This course will be held from 9.30 until 4.30 on 4-8 April, in Sturt Weave Studio, corner Waverley Parade & Range Road Mittagong NSW. Full payment and the completion of an enrolment form are essential to book a position.
Tea and coffee are provided. Students bring their own lunch or order it from Sturt Café (Wednesday to Sunday).
Cost: $700

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