Thinking about these two quotes from Tim Ingold and Otti Berger. In this workshop we want to explore through the act of weaving the following considerations: 

“We should not thus think of the properties of materials as attributes. Rather, they are histories (Ingold 2011a, p. 32). To understand materials is to be able to tell their histories—of what they do and what happens to them when treated in particular ways—in the very practice of working with them. Materials do not exist as static entities with diagnostic attributes; they are not “little bits of nature,” as science studies scholar Karen Barad (2003, p. 821)puts it, awaiting the mark of an external force like culture or history for their completion. “Matter is always already an ongoing historicity.” Materials, thus, carry on, undergoing continual modulation as they do so. In the phenomenal world, every material is a becoming.”

Tim, Ingold. 2012. “Towards and Ecology of Materials.” Annu. Rev. Anthropol. Pg. 434-35.

“we do not want pictures, but we want to come to the best possible, final, living fabric! … one must be able to comprehend it with the ‘hands’! The value of a fabric is to be recognised in the tactile, in the tactile value. … one must listen to the secrets of the fabric, trace the sounds of the materials, one must grasp the structure not only with the brain, but feel it with the subconscious …”

Berger:, Otti. n.d. “Towards a Tangible Pedagogy.” www.bauhaus-imaginista.org/ Accessed February 14th, 2021.

We are covered in and surrounded by fabric. We wear clothes every day, we sleep in beds covered in textiles, most of what we touch are woven fabrics. The history of humanity is the history of textiles, of weavers, of people who collected materials and transformed them into colours, threads, techniques, technology and culture. 

Let’s join together for a couple of minutes as makers, let’s be weavers and experience first-hand “making as thinking” in the act of caring.

For this gathering we will need to have prepared: 

– A cardboard loom, approximately 8 x 13cm (The harder the cardboard the better).  

– Wool, cotton or any manageable thread. Plastic bags or paper can also work, they just need to be cut into threads (the longer the better). If you can have at least 2 different colours of thread it would be better, if not it is not a problem.

– A Scissors or a knife.

– A marker or a pen.

– A ruler.

– A hair comb.

– Masking tape.

– Weaving Needle (optional, only if you have it) or a pencil.

For a visual reference of how your loom should look please check the beautifully illustrated PDF by @killian_dunne_art who kindly illustrated these instructions for us or check this video on Youtube: 

https://youtu.be/A39PfntnTyo  by the Owner of the page Fibers and Design Weaving.

We are looking forward to the weaving workshop, please contact us via WhatsApp if you have any questions.

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