Peters Valley is pleased to offer an intensive five day Rug Weaving Workshop for beginning and intermediate weavers. Learn to set up the loom and experiment with a variety of rug making techniques using plain weave, pattern, twill and pile weaves. Focus on sample weaving using an array of techniques that will allow you to investigate color and material explorations on the loom. Generate color, pattern and complete woven samples for a proposed rug project. Rugs and floor coverings from different cultures, both historical and contemporary, will be shown as examples of how material and design are developed within a cultural and functional context. This will serve as a foundation for you to develop your own vision and color sources while using a favorite "place" as inspiration.
Michael Radyk is the Director of Education for the American Craft Council in Minneapolis, MN. He is a recipient of residencies from the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, GA and the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. Recent exhibitions include: Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture then and now at Brown Grotta Arts and SOFA Chicago, Fibremen International, Kherson, Ukraine, FOCUS: Fiber, Kent State University Museum & the Erie Art Museum, Small Expressions, Fuller Craft Museum, International TECHstyle Art Biennial, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Michael’s digitally designed and woven textiles were exhibited in a show called Binary Fiction: Digital Weaving at Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska in Lincoln at the Textile Society of America Symposia. His most recent solo exhibition was held at the McLanahan Gallery, Penn State University. He received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from Tyler School of Art. His past teaching positions include, Kent State-Blossom Art, RISD-Wintersession, University of Georgia, Athens, SCAD and Kutztown University. http://portfolios.risd.edu/michaelradyk