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As well as organizing a full calendar of courses, the Fondazione Lisio welcomes artists and researchers wishing to undertake periods of personalized study, and organizes custom-designed courses for groups and institutions.
June 11 to 22, 2012
Robin Muller from NSCAD University attended the Lisio course in Jacquard design, 'Drawing with the Weft', and then remained at the Foundation for an additional week to continue her research using Lisio's digital loom.
From June 11 to July 6, 2012
Melanie Olde of NSW Australia first attended a course at Lisio in 1996, and now returns after years of study and textile experience to further explore the potential of the Jacquard medium. Her month of research at Lisio has a week to go. This selection of her growing group of works includes a silk and phosphorescent damask with patterning weft, and a silk and spun rayon tabby with doublecloth pockets, containing Perugina candy wrappers.
Frieda Sorber, Curator of Historical Textiles at the Fashion Museum in Antwerp and Lotus Stack, textile historian, recently retired Curator of Textiles, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, attended a velvet weaving residency at Lisio in mid-April of this year.
Using the Lisio School velvet loom, set up with 2 pile warps, Frieda created two designs and punched the relative cards. She then wove, assisted by Lotus, three series of samples for her first design using the following techniques: uncut 2 pile velvet, cut 2 pile velvet, uncut and cut 2 pile velvet, all on a tabby ground. For her second design, she wove one sample with an uncut pile ground and a cut velvet figure, using only 1 of the pile series. With the same cards, she then wove two samples of uncut velvet on a tabby ground using 1 of the 2 pile series per sample. Last, Frieda wove the same design once more to create a small sample of uncut velvet on a cut velvet ground.
For over ten years students of the University of Oregon have come to the Foundation on a 2-yearly basis; each group of six, led by the course instructor, Prof. Barbara Setsu Pickett, has remained at Lisio for three weeks to study Jacquard textile techniques.
In September 2009 we organized a two weeks course on the design of Jacquard fabrics for a group of weavers from Denmark, during which they were shown different techniques using one or more warps. Each student created her own project, from sketch to the woven sample, then wove variations by modifying both materials and weaves with the auxiliary of the particular split harness set-up of our hand looms.
In September 2008 LISIO organized a 3-week course for the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts, involving weaving on traditional and electronic looms.
Jennifer Robertson, an Anglo-Australian designer/artist, studied Jacquard velvet and figured textile techniques during several stays at the Foundation from 2003. In September 2008, she led a 1-week workshop entitled Jacquard Flora, and then stayed on for another two weeks to pursue her own research. She was able to use of the Foundation’s equipment and accommodation in exchange for her teaching activity.
The Foundation is pleased to entertain proposals for this type of cooperation with designers and artists.
Courses in textile sample analysis and cataloguing, and in the theory of manual weaving techniques have also been organized for other organizations on their own premises. These include the Belvedere di San Leucioin 2007 and the textile restoration school of Heritage Malta between 2001 and 2004.
Liz Williamson, a textile artist elected Master of Australian craft by the 2008 Living Treasures project, stayed at the Foundation in September 2001 in order to study historical weaving techniques.
Christine Bishop, an Australian embroiderer from Adelaide, came to the Foundation in May 2001 for an individual course on needle lace techniques. Her teacher for the history and practice of the various stitches was Foundation instructor Thessy Schoenholzer Nichols.
In 2005 Austrian artist Heidi Hohenbuechler wove a lampas of her own design using a hand loom.
Tabea Dürr, the German textile artist and teacher of textile decoration in Stockholm, studied figured textile analysis in a short intensive seminar at the Foundation in 2007.
Kana Ogushi, a weaver of kimonos in Kyoto stayed at the Foundation for six months in 2001.
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