In this two-hour workshop with artist Iviva Olenick, students will learn how to create a simple loom out of cardboard. Using this loom, students will learn the basics of weaving and how to apply the “over under” and “pull through” concepts of plain weave in order to draw letters and words. The instructor will also discuss how these embroidery techniques can be applied to book making.
Students will need the following materials:
• corrugated or rigid cardboard
• paper scissors
• yarn scissors
• yarn in one or more colors
• plastic yarn needle, encouraged but not required — https://www.michaels.com/knit-quick-plastic-needles/10228237.html
About the Instructor:
Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-based artist developing textiles from seed to fiber and dye and textiles as texts. Her work has been exhibited all over the United States, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Design Atlanta; the Hunterdon Museum, NJ; Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; the Center for Book Arts, NYC; the Old Stone House, Brooklyn; Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn. Iviva is a faculty member of SVA’s MFA Art Practice program where she teaches Fibers. In addition, she gives artist talks and designs intensive textile-based workshops for museums and universities.
All images are provided courtesy of the instructor and Michael Piña.
About the Center for Book Arts:
The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.