Sunday, January 10, 2016

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON invites you to join us for a weekend with renowned Canadian Artist, SAYWARD JOHNSON

March 11-13, 2016
St. Lawrence College
945 Portsmouth Ave.
Kingston, ON
Workshops 9:30-4, Saturday and Sunday

In 2004, Sayward decided to follow a dream inspired by her adventures in hand knitting and went to study art at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was there that she discovered her love of textile techniques and metal.

Her textile-based works are made with hand-woven copper wire which she then oxidizes with green patina, manipulates and embroiders. Through her work, she is able to explore her fascination with fabrics that adhere to the laws of metal smithing as well as those of textiles and present traditional textile patterns in unexpected contexts.

A former forestry worker, her current work represents a natural progression of her art, passions and life experiences. She draws her inspiration from natural forms, lichens, old, crumbling stone, rust and the Canadian boreal forest.

You have a unique and very special opportunity through FIBREWORKS to spend a two day weekend with Sayward in March of 2016 as she joins FIBREWORKS KINGSTON for a two day focused art workshops series at St. Lawrence College.

Hoping you will reserve your seat soon so you do not miss this very special workshop! Registration Details are on the sidebar at

 Art Knitting with Copper Wire
Day One with Sayward Johnson
March 12, 2016
In this class, we will cover the basics of knitting with copper wire and create small sculptural pieces. Along with Sayward, you will discover techniques for hammering and shaping your work, colouring copper using green patina solutions, black patina, and heat.
Sayward will also address how to seal your pieces with shellac, varnish or wax. This class is flexible and can accommodate all levels of experience.
Basic patterns for creating small orbs and vessels (knit on four needles in the round) will be provided, but works created on two straight needles are also encouraged and equally beautiful.
Students are free to bring a variety of needles with which to experiment. Crocheters are welcome to join in and crochet along.

Materials provided by instructor:
28 gauge copper wire
small rawhide mallets
hammering stakes
dapping set
all patinas
wax and sealants.

Students need:
For the pattern, a set of four 3.5 -4mm knitting needles and/or similar size straight needles. (if you are crocheting, please contact Sayward for the appropriate size hooks. )
Knitting course material fees for this class are approximately $20/student. (to be confirmed with letter to students just prior to the workshop). Each participant will receive a bobbin with enough copper wire for several small projects.  Fee payable to the Instructor on Saturday, March 12th for the Knitting Course.


 Weaving with Copper Wire
Day Two with Sayward Johnson
March 13, 2016
While this workshop is focused toward students with some weaving experience, beginners are most welcome.....

Old Growth 2012, Sayward Johnson (detail)

Old Growth, 2012 Sayward Johnson

Both 4 and 8 shaft table looms will work for our students and they will use between 28 and 30 gauge wire. We will pre-warp the looms and have them ready for the workshop on Sunday. Information for warping can be obtained pre-workshop from Bethany Garner.
Students may work on their own loom for the entire class.  (pre-warped before Sunday March 13th).
There will be several  demo station looms so that everyone can have varied samples.  The looms will be warped ahead of class and students may volunteer to be involved in this process along with Bethany Garner. 
We will use a satin weave, a few twill variations, an airy plain weave, a  double weave and will have the chance to mix in different materials.

Note: the green patinas take up to several weeks to develop, and the Instructor will hand out extra solution and instructions.
Sayward  will  be able to hand out small patinated pieces of her work for students to explore.... 
Please copy and print your registration form from the sidebar at the FIBREWORKS blog - on the right side of the homepage
Hoping you will join us for this great weekend!