Creative, inspirational and talented tapestry weavers join Jane & Louise, but also suitable for beginners – I am a total beginner but loved joining in:
Sense of Place
Weaving in Turkey with Louise Martin and Jane Brunning
Note: suitable for beginners as you can see from my first ever piece of tapestry weaving below incorporating various techniques, and also note I didn’t have a loom but this was made from a picture frame no longer being used – how does it get any better than this?
Welcome meeting on the first day.
We will start each day with a themed drawing exercise. These daily sessions will train us to look and see differences in our new environment. It will be an opportunity to create quick organic, non analytical, freeing, non precious drawings which could act as a trigger to create a tapestry.
Continuing on from the drawing, each day we will introduce a tapestry technique, based on Turkish carpets and kelims. We would like this technique to be included in your tapestry.
11.00 – 17.00
Louise and Jane will teach in the allocated weaving space. You might like to work in this area, but you are free to weave where you wish.
We are aware that everyone on the course comes with different skills and abilities. We will be there to give you the support and help you need.
One outing will be included in the price which will link with our programme.
Details to follow.
We have chosen a stunning location, just outside Dalyan, 30 minutes by car from Dalaman airport, surrounded by mountains, river and sea. The space includes single pool side and twin rooms with shared balcony, all with en-suite facilities and air conditioning. The food is vegetarian cooked by local Turkish ladies using mostly organic fruit and vegetables grown in the garden or from local market gardeners. Joanne and Tom are our hosts and want us to use this place as home.
Designs and Techniques:
In Turkey you will discover many samples of tapestry weaving and at Spectrum too with various rugs, wall hangings, including a camel bag converted to a rug which we’ve used as a wall hanging. You can visit local carpet shops, even a carpet factory if you wish – 1.5 hrs from here. Recently we visited Istanbul where we enjoyed window shopping, feeling we have a better insight into how such beautiful textiles are created. Amazing and awesome, fascinating and exciting!
I, Joanne, had no idea the meanings of designs, some representing animals and others strength, power, powerful woman etc. It’s a fascinating subject and we look forward to yet another successful week with Jane and Louise, experts indeed.
The textile below (one of the cushions at Spectrum): Whilst in Istantbul we were told the symbol in the middle means Powerful Woman and if I remember correctly the lines of red and white represent a camel trail but I could be wrong!