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Floor Loom Weaving & Dye Process
This Master Class is designed to accomplish two major goals for teachers, artists and designers who will participate: increased knowledge of dye processes and floor loom weaving. This course will be delivered in a workshop format. The class will explore the significance of weaving as an artistic practice and develop technical skills revolving around the creation of woven cloth. By engaging in hands-on demonstrations of resist dyeing, winding, loom dressing and weaving, participants will develop a deeper understanding of textiles in Art and Craft classrooms.
The 2018 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 Monday, June 25 and conclude at noon on Friday, June 29. On Monday-Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. Participants who are enrolled in an Academy for graduate credit must attend two additional sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
The primary check-in period is from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, June 24. Late arrivals and commuters may check in early Monday morning between 7 and 8 a.m.
Rob Mertens is a member of the Graduate Art Faculty at JMU, and teaches all levels and types of Fiber Arts as a full-time member of the JMU Studio Art Faculty. Currently, he is the director of the Fiber Art Department at James Madison University the co-owner of Toothmark Studios. www.robertmertensartist.com Rob is also an amateur historian, internet theorist, and film fanatic. His interests connect spiritualism, the occult, conspiracies and scientific visual language. His work revolves around the intersections between technology, religion, science and myth, and combines new media with traditional fibers craft. His works often culminate in performances, installations and powered sculptures. Rob has previously been the director and founder of the Modular Project Space Artist Residency in Virginia, the 543 Artist Residency and Le Toilette Gallery in Oregon, and the Weaving Room Recording Studio in Chicago IL.