Hello, friends. I am pleased to share with you that I will be teaching an eight-week Spring Concentration class at Penland School of Crafts starting next March. There are still spaces available, so if you or someone you know are ready for some immersive focus on weaving as mapmaking, check out the description and link below. Whatever your skill level, this class has lots to offer for considering new ways of imbedding information into woven cloth. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested and have specific questions.
Robin Johnston - Personal Cartography
March 9 - May 2, 2014
This workshop will use weaving to delve into students’ individual interpretations of mapmaking. We’ll explore basic weaving and dyeing techniques that lend themselves to charting, plotting, and coding information—including pattern weaves, inlay, tapestry, painted warps, and ikat dyeing. Through daily sketchbook exercises we’ll envision woven surfaces that emphasize color, pattern, image, and texture to create maps of all kinds. Whether we are describing geographic or conceptual spaces, we’ll apply personal cartography to the art of weaving.