The Weaving Workshop at the Craft in America Center

The Craft in America Center, 8415 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048


The Tactile Sensibility Workshop is designed to motivate and inspire you to focus on weaving as a creative process by exploring a variety materials. Inspired by the iconic artist and designer Anni Albers, this workshop will expand your vocabulary in the tactile language of weaving.

During this workshop, artist and textile designer Brittany Wittman McLaughlin will show you how to create your own weaving using a variety of techniques, beautiful yarns, and other materials.

Using images of texture from nature as a starting point, students will interpret the pictures into woven compositions. Participants will learn the essentials of frame loom weaving, including:
•How to set up the frame loom
•The mechanics of weaving and basic woven structures
•Creating textures and patterns
•How to finish a completed weaving
•Hands-on instruction and plenty of time to weave!

$95* price includes a wooden Harrisville lap loom, made in USA. A variety of materials will be provided, but participants are also encouraged to bring yarns and materials from their own fiber collections. Students should also consider weaving with ribbons, tapes, and other non-conventional materials for weaving.

*Class limited to 12 participants and preregistration is required. Workshop fee includes a lap loom you keep at the end.

Register for the Workshop

To register, visit this link at The Craft in America Center or send an email to rsvp@craftinamerica.org


Artist Statement

Our tactile sensibility and our perception of touch inform our daily life. We have a tactile language. My approach to weaving is through a lens of materiality. My process involves a variety of sampling using unconventional materials to interpret images of texture.  Woven textures are interpreted from photographs. as non-verbal communication of emotion. I use a Tactile Notebook as a reflective space and place to document the technical and visual details of your woven compositions.

For each sample I weave, I create a tactile page, playing with materials, techniques, and words to make concrete the vital elements of the tactile experience in the weaving. All of the elements have relevance and contribute to a non-verbal narrative. Documenting my process is an important part of this artistic pursuit.

Weaving, in all of its forms, is the creative expression that continues to enlightens me. It is an art, and a science. There are at once a million design possibilities, and many decisive constraints. I love that the process of hand weaving is simultaneously meditative and laborious. I love the systems, methodology, and order of weaving. I love how closely weaving makes you pay attention and see. I love the rhythm of it. And the color interactions and textures of the various yarns and materials. And I love what it means to be an artist at the loom.


About Brittany

As a teacher and creative guide, I encourage you to explore a variety of media and materials; have a solid design foundation of design principles, and be open to a new creative process and sense of self discovery.

My goal for this weaving workshop are to inspire you on a creative journey; to review basic weave structures so that your compositions have integrity; and to investigate materials not commonly thought of for weft.

My ambition is to encourage you to share your artistic voice; to focus on the process of making art on the loom; to incorporate various materials and weaving structures as a means of expression. It is about you as an artist finding and refining your creative voice. Because of my background in art and design, I bring a very practical aspect to teaching weaving, where construction is very important. I want to help weavers approach their loom with a sense of exploration and not be limited by a set pattern, design, or weave draft.

I gained experience teaching weaving at my alma mater, Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science where I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Design. I had earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Design there in 1997. In 2004, I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

It seems like we can all sight inspiration and influence from our mothers or grandmothers who created textiles with their hands; who sewed, crocheted, knitted, quilted, and crafted textiles into family treasures. My story includes these women in my family, as well as influential scholars, artists, and designers that have mentored and inspired me throughout my career.

During college, Sigrid Wortmann Weltge, the preeminent scholar in the Bauhaus and its weaving workshop, helped me to develop my writing, research, and presentation skills. I completed an independent study under her guidance titled, Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Much of art history neglected to document the women and their importance in artistic movements. She taught me how to do thoughtful, meaningful research, and empowered me to believe in my work and say my words with confidence.

Artist and Educator Bhakti Ziek encouraged me to take my work beyond textile design and into the realm of fine art. She introduced me to the Buddhist concepts in this workbook and provided countless hours at both the hand loom and industrial Jacquard loom explaining complex weave structures.

Working in industry, I was employed as a designer working with KnollTextiles under the creative direction of dynamic product designer Suzanne Tick. Her vision for how materials transform spaces, and the meanings and value of reused and recycled materials shaped how I approach my art and design practice to this day.

For a time, I worked as a sales associate for America’s leading antique sampler and needlework dealer in Philadelphia, M. Finkel & Daughter. Morris and his daughter, Amy, showed me the value of the story, the meaning of the stitches in schoolgirl needlework samplers, and the importance of preserving and sharing textile history.

And now, my children influence my work. Now that I am a mother I have a greater understanding of the importance of creative self-expression at all ages. I understand how art heals, engages the mind, and creates a sense of well being.

The root of my work is to inspire you to expand your creativity.


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