Would you like to jump start your creativity? 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?
Several 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.
New this session!
This is the third annual Weave Through Winter, and there will be some additional features for those of you who want to join me again (and yes, that means more features for those of you who joining us for the first time):
- 30 new prompts to inspire your weavings (these will be optional, and I’ll bet you’ll come up with your own ideas too)
- Four project-based lessons to provide additional structures to put your weavings on, such as books, vessels, cards, and wall hangings.
Weave Through Winter
February 15 – March 16, 2021
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 in the online discussion, 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 participants.
- Adventure: Stimulate your mind by finding, mixing and matching papers, and practicing 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 explore material and technique.
We will focus on:
- Exploring weaving techniques (and inventing some too)!
- Enjoying and pondering the process.
- Sharing your 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 at least an hour a day for paper weaving. When we find the source of connection and commitment, it becomes easier to devote our time and efforts to our goals. If you prefer to cram and spend several hours at a time 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!
You will find a pre-recorded video posted in the classroom each Monday that introduces a main lesson about a particular weaving technique, followed by variations to explore throughout the week. Work at your own pace in your own space. There are no live sessions in this course but we interact daily in the discussions (note that you will want to spend a bit of additional time looking and commenting on the other particpants work).
- Week 1 (February 15): How to weave strips
- Week 2 (February 22): Adding curves + cutting windows
- Week 3 (March 1): Shapes (on the inside and the outside)
- Week 4 (March 8): Thinking outside of the weaving
- Week 5 (March 15): 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 Monday, beginning on February 15th, 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.
I’m partnering with Washi Arts, a paper supplier that is assembling a selection of scrumptious decorative papers for those of you who would like to purchase one. These are fine Japanese papers. Please order by February 6th in order to receive your kit before class begins.
Each kit will contain 50 sheets — one pack of 30 sheets that are at least 8.5” x 11” or larger and one pack of 20 that are 8.5” x 11” or smaller, plus strips of chiyogami in a range of patterns. The kit includes hand screened chiyogami, translucent papers, patterned decorative papers, textured solid color papers, pearlescent papers and paper with fiber inclusions.
Click here to purchase this kit for $75 (plus shipping) from Washi Arts.
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, although you can substitute plastic from a yogurt or laundry detergent container).
Tools: You probably have most tools on hand: a pencil, ruler, scissors, cutting mat, craft knife, eraser, glue brush. There are a few optional tools that I’ll tell you about when you register.
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.
- Join me on January 28th for a FREE Woven Valentine’s Card tutorial. Register here (it will be recorded).
- 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 have a membership program called The Paper Year, 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:
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 fall behind?
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 there is a wonderful benefit to doing a daily practice, plus 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 (February 15, 2021). No refunds after class begins.