- For Pundigrion
- December 13th, 2010
This year at SPARKS we've got a workshop on spinning! Here's the description and check out the SPARKS website for more workshops and lectures. Plus, this year, a concert with the Dragon Ritual Drummers! WOOT! www.sparkssymposium.ca
Visionary Art of Spinning and Weaving
Fibre arts have a long tradition of being part of both "women's work" and "women's creative expression". From ancient times, women have transformed the duty of creating necessary goods for family and community into a deeply personal and often spiritual expression. A movement of reclaiming of these ancient arts is currently underway. Not just the explosion of interest in knitting and crocheting, but taking the expression a step further into the creation of one's own wool and yarn for use. Spinning and weaving have become, for many, part of a daily practice that is akin to meditation: a form of active meditation as a doorway into creative expression.
This workshop offers a brief glimpse of the history of spinning and weaving, looking at the history of these fibre arts from archeological records and journals, as well as presenting hands-on practice with drop spindles and insights into how to use spinning and weaving as part of a daily practice. In a busy world with a large impetus to disposable consumer goods, the act of creation through ancient methods often becomes a labour of love, devotion and beautiful expression. This workshop shows you how. (Materials will be supplied or can be purchased for a low cost. No sheep necessary)