Weaving with Waste | Workshop with Liz Williamson

Saturday 23 March | 10am - 3.30pm


Join master weaver Liz Williamson for full day exploratory workshop to create interesting, contemporary pieces using collected clean waste or excess materials, such as single use shopping bags, plastic vegetable bags, wrappings, cling wrap, excess thread, warp thrums, offcuts of fabric, old clothes, used envelopes, old letters, left over paper etc.

Liz Williamson is a weaver and academic who has been creating since the late 1970’s and is still fascinated with the process and potential of interlacing two sets of threads on her loom. At the heart of her weaving is an interest in innovative, experimental, and unusual designs created by interlacing warp and weft. Her national and international profile includes her practise, teaching, curating, mentoring and since 2001, engaging with artisan’s groups in Asian and from 2012 organizing Cultural Textiles courses (to 2020) and tours in India. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has undertaken several research residencies.

Liz has 38 years exhibiting nationally and internationally, and her work is held in major public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia and the Museum of Applied Arts & Science in Sydney with several international museum acquisitions. 

Her wearable pieces are treasured, loved and worn by thousands.

Some materials will be supplied but please bring along anything you have at home or collect in your community and would like to use. Suitable for beginners and more advanced weavers. Bring your own lunch to enjoy in the garden or purchase lunch from Intermezzo cafe.

Participants will need to bring their looms dressed for weaving, such as the following options:

  1. A table loom dressed ready for weaving (2, 4 or 8 shaft table loom) with a short sample warp eg 10/2s mercerised cotton or wool or whatever is of interest,10 to 15 cm wide and short (1.5m to 2 metres long).
  2. A rigid heddle or Sairi loom set up with a similar warp ready for weaving.
  3. A frame / tapestry loom set up with a narrow 10 to 15 cm warp of strong cotton. 

If participants are interested but don't have their own loom, they can still attend and bring materials for an 'off loom' weaving session. 

$70 | $50 concession and Wangaratta Art Gallery Friends. Spaces are limited.

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Liz Williamson, portrait by Angus Lee Forbes, commissioned by the Australian Design Centre for the exhibition Obsessed: compelled to make, 2018.