Weaving Workshops

Oct 03, 2016

This fall we are thrilled to feature two Portland-based artists that explore the art of textiles and tapestry in our cafe gallery spaces in Downtown Portland and Division. Artists Natalie Novak and Megan Mesloh will also be teaching workshops in these spaces that are available to the public. Read on for details.


Natalie Novak

Downtown Stumptown

On view September 23rd - November 8th, 2016

Reception: Tuesday, September 27th 5:30–7 pm

In her first solo exhibition at Stumptown Downtown, Natalie Novak reflects on the physical process of weaving and on the ritualistic practice of sending positive intentions out into the world through imagery. Her weavings are at once art objects and incantations.

Natalie Novak is a visual artist in Portland, OR. Working primarily in tapestry, Novak draws from ancient and contemporary weaving techniques to explore color relationships, modern mysticism and the (super) natural world. She has studied tapestry and navajo style weaving at the Damascus Fiber Arts School, and painting, drawing, and bookarts at Oregon College of Art and Craft and the University of Wisconsin. Her work was recently featured in the exhibition Pacific Time Zone Tapestry at The Arts Center in Corvallis, OR.

Workshops: Tuesday, October 25th 4-7pm - sold out

Wednesday, October 26th 4-7pm

Downtown Stumptown

$110 (loom and materials included)

In this class, you'll create stripes, shapes, texture and fringe using a variety of yarns and natural fibers. Terms and techniques will be covered to help unravel the mysteries of weaving and learn how to finish and hang your first woven piece. You'll go home with your own loom, enough yarn to complete your first weaving and an illustrated instruction booklet in case you forget!

Website: http://www.combedthunder.com/

Instagram: @combedthunder

Let me paint you a picture

Megan Mesloh

Division Stumptown

On view November 3rd - December 6th, 2016

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, November 4th 5–7 pm

Megan is working with all natural materials and dyes paired with hand woven cloth, as well as reclaimed fabric brought back to life by over-dyeing. The focus of these pieces is to display expressive material and color-play, using natural dyes like indigo, turmeric, osage orange wood and madder root. The pieces will be mostly monochromatic to show how each part of the piece (be it linen, or wool, or cotton) reacts to the dye process differently. In working with and owning “Craft” as her personal process, she is confronted with the question of the value of Craft vs. Art; if “Craft” can be considered contemporary, can it be received with the same esteem as forms of traditional art such as painting? Let me paint you a picture emerges from an inner dialogue about how Megan has defined cloth, and its potential to be first and foremost about tangible expression.

Mesloh teaches courses in natural dyes, Shibori, Ikat and weaving at Wildcraft Studio School - a center offering workshops for adults in contemporary craft practices, studio art, plant medicine and land-based skills from their two studios in White Salmon, WA and Portland, OR. Her work will be on display at the Division St. Stumptown location through the month of November.

Workshop: Saturday, November 26th 2-5pm

Woodsman Tavern Event Space next door to Division Stumptown

$110 (loom and materials included)

This is a special one-day Weaving Workshop with visual artist and teacher Megan Mesloh, of Wildcraft Studio School. In this 3 hour class students will learn how to warp a frame loom, draft and match materials to a design, as well as patterning and finishing techniques. Each student will leave with a frame loom and a completed wall hanging. Sign up here.

Website: http://www.mmesloh.com/