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July 9th – Sunday (Lyn Christiansen – Out of the Box -ONLY)

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Creative Kumihimo: The Grid System

$45

Live Class

Instructor: Jacqui Carey

Saturday, June 25th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Eastern

Explore the infinite pattern possibilities of kumihimo.

Discover your own creativity by using Jacqui’s grid system from “Creative Kumihimo” to find new patterns for classic marudai braids. Students will learn about what the grid system is, and why Jacqui developed it, before examining how to use it. Once understood, students will then develop their skill in predicting the results from arrangements of colored threads and designing new patterns. Jacqui will also explain how the grids can be used ‘in reverse’ when examining a finished braid, enabling its secrets to be revealed and its pattern recreated.

Afterwards, students will be able to put the theory into practice by producing a range of different samples, making tangible braids from their paperwork designs.

Full Description
Explore the infinite pattern possibilities of kumihimo.

Discover your own creativity by using Jacqui’s grid system from “Creative Kumihimo” to find new patterns for classic marudai braids. Students will learn about what the grid system is, and why Jacqui developed it, before examining how to use it. Once understood, students will then develop their skill in predicting the results from arrangements of colored threads and designing new patterns. Jacqui will also explain how the grids can be used ‘in reverse’ when examining a finished braid, enabling its secrets to be revealed and its pattern recreated.

Afterwards, students will be able to put the theory into practice by producing a range of different samples, making tangible braids from their paperwork designs.

Instructor: Jacqui Carey

Jacqui is a maker, teacher, author and researcher of braids, having specialized in the subject since graduating from a BA(Hons) degree in woven textiles in 1985. Her work as a practicing craftsperson is known worldwide, and her knowledge shared through teaching and numerous publications.

While studying for her degree in textiles, Jacqui discovered that weaving and other related subjects — such as braiding — combined her love of mathematics and art. Through the study of complex weaving structures she was able to unravel the mysteries of kumihimo. While her work in this area stems from the traditional, it is the creative possibilities that inspire most of her braids. The joy of making braids is enhanced by exploring a wide range of materials and playing with structure, color and patterns.

When Jacqui started teaching, she realized that there was a lack of written materials on kumihimo. As a result, she wrote her first instructional book “Creative Kumihimo.” This was quickly followed by several kumihimo books including “Beads and Braids” — the first and perhaps most comprehensive book on incorporating beads in braiding.

In the early 90’s Jacqui helped establish the Braid Society. She organized the first exhibit entitled “Samurai Undressed” based on her research into the historical development of kumihimo in relation to the Samurai. She recently updated the original “Samurai Undressed” monograph to reflect her continued research in this area. The new monograph is titled “Samurai Redressed”.

Jacqui’s research work continues expanding, involving wider aspects of braids. In 2005, Jacqui was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to help further her study, and in 2008 she was awarded a distinction for her MA in the History of Textile & Dress, at the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton.

Jacqui’s interest in analyzing old textiles has also led to a detour into 16th & 17th century English embroidery, after a chance discovery of some obsolete stitches. Her ongoing research into the structures found on extant examples and the potential techniques used for their production has so far resulted in two books , “Sweet bags” and “Elizabethan Stitches”. Her ability to ‘read’ needlework objects saw her awarded a Research Bursary from the Wellcome Trust in 2015. This enabled her to study their newly acquired medieval embroidered almanac (MS.8932), and resulted in a book devoted to this extraordinary artifacts: “A Medieval Embroidered Folded Amanac.”

Visit Jacqui’s store at: https://www.careycompany.com/

Saturday, June 25 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Eastern

Class Format:

This class consists of one two-hour session presented via Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.

Basic Equipment and Materials:

Students will not be braiding during the session. So, no equipment is necessary.

However, students will need:

  • Coloring pens or pencils – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and black
  • Scissors
  • Scotch or sticky tape (sellotape in UK)
  • Recommended but not required: “Creative Kumihimo” by Jacqui Carey

Optional extra:

Students can bring an example made using the braid sequence 8H in “Creative Kumihimo” (pg 41) worked in any two colors (and in any fibre)starting with the colors in this layout.

Experience Level:

This is not a beginner class. Students must have experience with 8-strands braids.

“Creative Kumihimo” was written for marudai users….however, as shown in the back of The Book of Braids” all braid sequences can be translatedto a disc.

So Im happy to have disc braiders…but I will not be translatingfor them.

Prework:

Close to class time: Students will be given access PDFs of worksheets that they will need to print off. These sheets will be used during class.

Hira Shima

$45

Live Class

Instructor: Carolyn Haushalter

Saturday, June 25th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern

Carolyn Oliver Haushalter has created her very own Japanese-style kumihimo braid. Shima Gumi is a flat braid structure that is perfect for embellishing with daggers, pip beads and metallic threads. Carolyn will teach three variations of the braid a 12-element gradient style necklace that emphasizes the flat and straight nature of the braid structure; an 8-element glamorous and elegant necklace with daggers and metallic yarn; and a 12-element bracelet that features pip beads.

Full Description

Carolyn Oliver Haushalter has created her very own Japanese-style kumihimo braid. Shima Gumi is a flat braid structure that is perfect for embellishing with daggars, pip beads and metallic threads. Carolyn will teach three variations of the braid a 12-element gradient style necklace that emphasizes the flat and straight nature of the braid structure; an 8-element glamorous and elegant necklace with daggers and metallic yarn; and, a 12-element bracelet that features pip beads.

Carolyn will encourage experimentation in design by discussing her own creative process including how she designed this braid. Anyone with an interest in design and braiding innovation will benet from this workshop.

All 3 variations can be made on the marudai or foam disk.

Braid Name:

The braid name Hira Shima is Japanese for Flat Stripe. Carolyn came up with it because she wanted something that would communicate the advantages of the structure and its origin in the variety of hira braids.

Instructor: Carolyn Oliver Haushalter

Saturday, June 25th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern

Class Format:

This class consists of one-two hour session presented via Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.

 

Basic Equipment and Materials (a more specific supply list will be provided to those registered for the class):

  • Marudai or 32 slot round kumihimo disk
  • 8 or 12 tama of the same weight for the marudai or 8 or 12 plastic bobbins for disk
  • 60% total tama counterweight for marudai or 30 gram/1 ounce counterweight for disk
  • Fray Check or clear nail polish
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • E6000 or 2 part epoxy
  • Toothpicks

Dagger Necklace

  • 40 inch strands Katia Galaxy yarn, copper, or alternative fiber
  • 40 inch strands C-Lon or S-Lon beading cord in size Tex 210/0.5mm/regular size
  • 4mm beads (fire polish glass in sample, but any other size or material can be used)
  • 5x16mm dagger beads
  • Clasp

Gradient Necklace

  • 40 inch strands sock weight yarn or alternative fiber 4 colors for the center that progress from dark to light
  • 60 inch strands sock weight yarn or alternative fiber, in a darker color than the center
  • Clasp

Pip Bracelet

  • 20 inch strands Katia Galaxy yarn, silver
  • 20 inch strands 1mm Chinese knotting cord
  • 40 inch strands C-Lon or S-Lon beading cord in size Tex 135/0.4mm/fine weight
  • 7x5mm Pip beads
  • Clasp

Experience Level:

This is an advanced beginner/intermediate braiding project. Additionally, students should be comfortable with loading beads on cords. Marudai students should know how to set up their tama and counterweight.

Out of the Box

$125

Interactive Classes

Instructor: Lyn Christiansen

Dates:

Saturday, June 25 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Eastern

Sunday, June 26 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Eastern

Saturday, July 9 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern

Let’s get creative with our braids! Can our braids express something about us? Maybe how we feel, our voice, or our message to others. Lyn thinks so. It is a creative challenge that can seem overwhelming. How do we begin?

This workshop’s three sessions will explore this question. Lyn will share some of the challenges involved in making an ‘outside of the box’ braided piece of art and offer some suggestions on how to solve them. Students will do some exercises together with Lyn to get your creative juices flowing. They will also have the opportunity to complete a collage of their braids.

During the exercises and discussions, Lyn will work with the students on individual projects to help guide the process. In addition, students will be able to interact with each other to gain even more perspective.

Full Description

Gather Your Braids and go to Unexpected Places:

The Creative Process with Lyn Christiansen

Do you ever look at that pile of sample braids that you have and want to make something magical with them? This class will get you started!

You will likely have to tink “outside of the box” and that can be difficult for many of us. We don’t know where to start or we get “stuck.” Many of us are settled in a comfortable routine of taking a class, buying a kit and making a piece of jewelry. Occasionally we break our routine and choose our own colors or tweak a pattern to make it our own. It’s sometimes very hard to get out of our “safe place” and let our hearts, emotions and the passion within take over.

Kumihimo makers generally have many sample braids. They usually sit in a box, a drawer, a bag or randomly hang from a cabinet knob in our work areas. What if we took them out and played with them and let them talk to us? What do our braids say about who we are, how we feel and what do we want to say to the world? Can we embark on a journey with those braids and create something special – for example, a wall hanging or vessel that expresses our voice and message to other.

This is a creative challenge that can sometimes seem overwhelming. Where do you start and what if you get stuck?

In this workshop, Lyn Christiansen will explore that question and she will help students navigate their own creative journey. In the first weekend, there will be two sessions. During the first session, Lyn will share some of the challenges she has faced making her own “outside-of-the-box” pieces. In the second session, Lyn will lead an exercise to help students open up their own creative processes. Students will then take their braids and transform them to present during the third session.

Lyn will be available to students between the second and third sessions to provide advice, guidance and support students

So, gather up your braids and/or other fiber bits and join the fun!

This class is limited to 12 students.

Instructor: Lyn Christiansen

Lyn Christiansen is an artist extraordinaire. She learned art appreciation early in her life from her mother who was a part of the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York City in the 50’s. Lyn’s mom took her to an art class at the Museum of Modern Art when she was only 5 years old. Since then, it’s been no turning back, and over the years, Lyn has explored sewing, clothing design, photography, mosaics, woodturning, tassel-making, and ropemaking.

She credits her mother with teaching her a most important asset — to think for herself and to work that in to whatever she does.

Twenty years ago, Lyn became interested – and hooked — on Kumihimo when she saw images of Japanese braids in a book on passementerie. She braids on a marudai, takedai, and kudeidai Today her focus is taking braids, and other media, and creating 3D sculptures, wall hangings, works of art and designs that relate to our complex and confusing world. Self-expression and creativity are synonymous with Lyn.

A former Professor of Innovation, Lyn enjoys teaching and exploring possibilities through the making of art. She taught at the first AKS in-person Gathering and has exhibited works all over the world.

To learn more about Lyn and her work, go to https://www.lyncart.com and to watch an interview with Lyn, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1elzQxlR1B4/

Class Schedule:

Saturday, June 25 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Eastern

Sunday, June 26 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Eastern

Saturday, July 9 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern

Class format:

 

  • This class consists of three 2-hour interactive sessions via Zoom. Students will work live with Lyn and other students on a series of creativity exercises. Lyn will provide guidance and real time feedback during each session. To enhance the active engagement experience this class is limited to 12 students. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.

 

Basic Equipment and Materials:

Three 5 inch square cards made of card stock or drawing paper

Coloring supplies: pencils, markers, other

Experience Level:

For all braiders.

Cascading Dangles

$45

Live Class

Instructor: Aasia Hamid

Sunday, June 26th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Cascading Dangles consists of 3 kumihimo braids, each one made with different size/style beads. Two of the braids have color blocked sections with spiral patterns. The bottom of these two braids are embellished with jeweled dangles using variety of seed beads, 2 hole triangles, prong beads and pearls. The third braid is doubled to form a loop through which you can thread the first two braids. The third braid has a beaded slider which has the function of keeping the braid together while adjusting the size of the loop. End caps are beaded.

Full Description

Cascading Dangles consists of three kumihimo braids, each one made with different size/style beads. Two of the braids have color blocked sections with spiral patterns. The bottom of these two braids are embellished with jeweled dangles using variety of seed beads, 2 hole triangles, prong beads and pearls. The third braid is doubled to form a loop through which you can thread the first two braids. The third braid has a beaded slider which has the function of keeping the braid together while adjusting the size of the loop. End caps are beaded.

Techniques used:

– Kumihimo with beads

– Bead weaving using peyote and netting

Instructor: Aasia Hamid

Aasia has always been interested in art from fused glass wall art pieces to stained glass, from pottery to painting murals on the walls. She has been drawn to color and texture since she added beads to her needle 15 years ago. Mastering the art of bead weaving has been achieved by many hours of practice and experimentation. She hand fabricates each of her pieces with great attention to detail. Every detail must be beautiful, unusual and of excellent quality. Aasia likes to incorporate many mediums into her pieces like Kumihimo, bead weaving, polymer and epoxy clay. She works from her beautiful home studio creating her masterpieces for juried art festivals. Aasia also has a dedicated group of clientele for these unique works of art.

Sunday, June 26th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Eastern

Class Format:

This class consists of one-two hour session presented via Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.

Basic Equipment and Materials:

Marudai or foam disk.

A complete list of equipment and materials will be provided soon.

Experience Required:

Peyote and basic braiding with beads

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