Weave Through Winter

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Register Now! Class begins January 16th

Price $210

 

Do you want to jump start your creativity in the New Year? Crave the inspiration you get from the act of making? Love beautiful papers? Have a desire to connect with others who share these same goals?

Six years ago, I was yearning to create on a regular basis, so I created my own 100 x 100 Paper Weaving Project. This was a challenge to myself, a call to action. I found myself getting sidetracked with bookkeeping, marketing, writing grant proposals… you name it! This project helped me dedicate a small chunk of my day to being in the studio and creating.

I created 100 weavings in 100 days, and I learned so much! I began to see paper in new ways, I learned to make without judging myself (heck, I didn’t have time to judge – I was too busy creating)! I spent an average of one hour on each weaving – and to be honest, some days it was more about the process than the end result. And I soon found myself inventing new ways of weaving.

Join me as we weave our way through winter in 30 days, ending with a celebration on Valentines Day!

New this session!

This is the second annual Weave Through Winter, and I’m adding a new element. There will be 30 prompts to inspire your weavings. These will be optional, and I’ll bet you’ll come up with your own ideas too.

  • Weave two shapes together
  • Weave upside down
  • Weave in the Wild (weave in a new spot – at a friend’s, in a cafe, surprise me)!
  • … and many more…

 

Weave Through Winter

January 16 – February 14, 2020 

30 Days of Paper Weaving

A Daily Practice/Challenge/Adventure/Meditation! 

In the Weave Through Winter classroom, we’ll be creating a weaving each day as we explore a variety of papers and weaving techniques.

  • Daily Practice: Commit to one hour of creativity a day (more or less)
  • Challenge: Share your weavings and win! Each day that you share a weaving, you’ll be entered into a weekly raffle for a paper prize! The more you share, the more chances to win, not to mention the satisfaction you’ll feel after making and sharing with other Weave Through Winter participants.
  • Adventure: Stimulate your mind by finding, mixing and matching papers and exploring various ways to weave with paper. I find weavings to be like puzzles. You cut the papers apart and then weave them back together.
  • Meditation: Begin to find satisfaction in the ordinary while creating something extraordinary, as you focus on material and technique.

We will focus on:

  • Exploring weaving techniques (and inventing some too)!
  • Enjoying and pondering the process.
  • Sharing our progress daily without judgment (discover the joy of sharing your work within our group)!
  • Seeing paper in new ways.

Accountability, Guidance, Community 

Create at your own pace, whenever it’s convenient, but my hope is that you will set aside 30 minutes to an hour a day for paper weaving. When we find the source of connection and commitment, it’s easy to devote our time and efforts to our goals. If you prefer to cram and spend several hours on the weekly lesson, that’s okay too. I’m here to guide you and cheer you on, and there aren’t any grades in this course!

Course Outline

If you’ve taken an online class with me before, this will be a bit different. I will be guiding you through techniques, rather than projects. You will find a video posted in the classroom each Thursday that introduces a main lesson about a particular weaving technique, followed by variations to explore throughout the week.

  • Week 1 (January 16): How to weave strips
  • Week 2 (January 23): Adding curves + cutting windows
  • Week 3 (January 30): Shapes (on the inside and the outside)
  • Week 4 (February 6): Thinking outside of the weaving
  • Week 5 (February 13): The Grand Finale

Testimonials from Previous Online Classes:

As I wove everyday, I started seeing possibilities for paper. I like working with reclaimed papers. I shop at SCRAP, a local creative reuse store where I find maps, envelopes, discarded drawings, wallpaper, calendars, etc. I grabbed a poster from a power pole and delaminated cardboard. Experiments with all kinds of materials flowed from the daily practice. I recommend Weave Through Winter and would take it again. Sarah M.

Helen is a skilled, generous, and very organized teacher. I enjoyed every aspect of the online class, from the clear video and the community feel, to the ability to work at my own pace. The projects and materials were lovely. The online format made it possible to benefit from Helen’s vast expertise without the time and cost of travel.  Thanks Helen! Sue E.

The Weave Through Winter course was amazing!!! It allowed me to connect with people from all over and gain insights and inspiration. As an artist and educator, it has broadened my scope and provided me with new creative outlets. Helen is an amazing teacher! A must have experience. Caryn M.

What You Get

  • Weekly video tutorials + daily notes & inspiration
  • Resources + suppliers
  • A private community for sharing your work and a forum for asking questions and getting feedback
  • A place to connect with a paper-loving community
  • The satisfaction of creating on a daily basis and a boost in confidence
  • Inspiration from Helen and other participants

How it works:

  • A week before class begins, you will receive information about joining the Weave Through Winter online classroom.
  • Each Thursday, beginning on January 16th, a new lesson will be available in the online classroom with a video tutorial showing a new weaving technique plus variations to keep you busy exploring and experimenting all week!
  • As a student you will have access to all lessons, support materials and videos indefinitely!

Register Now!  

Price $210

 

Materials:

I’m partnering with Washi Arts, a paper supplier that is assembling a selection of scrumptious decorative papers  into kits for those of you who would like to purchase one. These are fine Japanese papers. Please order by January 6th in order to receive your kit before class begins.

Each kit will contain 30 sheets (pictured at top) that are approx. 9″ x 12″ plus 20 smaller pieces (pictured below). Feel free to choose your own papers too: old letters, photocopies, paper art rejects, photographs, decorative papers, etc.

Purchase Supply Kit Now!

$75

Other Materials: You will need a few additional materials: white glue (I like to use PVA) and/or a glue stick (ideally archival), scrap paper (waxed paper, newsprint, etc.), a thin (1/32″) flexible plastic kitchen cutting mat (for cutting windows in your weavings, this is a must).

Tools: You probably have most tools on hand: a pencil, ruler, scissors, cutting mat, craft knife, eraser, glue brush.

These tools are optional, but fun to have:

Beyond the class: The skills you acquire will have multiple applications for future projects: book covers, cards, window and wall pieces, and more. Take what you learn beyond the class as you add paper weaving techniques to your repertoire.

Learn More!

  1. Check out my free paper weaving video tutorial if you want to see my teaching in action.
  2. View the weavings I made during my 100 x 100 paper weaving project in 2013.

About Helen: My initial interest began on a trip to Japan 30 years ago when I was inspired by light filtering through traditional shoji screens. I soon began developing workshops combining book arts, papercraft and lighting techniques. I’m the author of five books about paper crafts and papermaking, and I’ve publish the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, now The Paper Year, since 2017, featuring a how-to paper project for every month. I am a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films, artists’ books and works in paper. I teach, lecture and exhibit my work internationally and have an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world. My interest in how things are made (from paper) keep me up-to-date on current paper trends, which I write about in my weekly blog, The Sunday Paper. I hold an annual paper retreat in my Red Cliff, Colorado studio each September.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why an Online Class?
I’ve taught these projects to hundreds of students in person over the past twenty five years, but since I can’t travel all the time (and perhaps you can’t either) I decided to develop this on-line content. This is an extension of the numerous how-to projects I’ve written about in my books and the Twelve Months of Paper calendar, but they are a bit more in-depth and elaborate, featuring skill building as well as creative ideas.

What kind of experience is required?
This class is for all levels. I have taught paper weaving to beginners and experienced artists – you’ll take it to the level that is appropriate.

What if I miss a lesson?
Not to worry! The lessons are independent and can be done in any order, so if you miss one, you can just skip ahead or come back later. All of the lessons will be available to you indefinitely, so you don’t even need to participate during the class dates (but we’ll miss you)!

Cancellation/Refund Policy: You will receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee for cancellations prior to the start date (January 16, 2019). No refunds after class begins.