Poatina 2018

Posted by VP for DK on 29 November 2017 | 0 Comments

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willothewispPoatina Weaving Retreat 2018: See the Magic we wove, here.

Dates: Wed 23rd May or Friday 25th May thru to Sunday 27th May at the Poatina Village.

Accommodation: There will be a variety of accommodation types available. Hostel, Motel or Cottages. The costs vary accordingly and full details and registration forms will appear soon. As in the past, you will have the option of coming from either the Wednesday or the Friday, both thru until the Sunday.

Theme: "Will-o'-the-Wisp"

A will-o'-the-wisp, or ignis fatuus, (Medieval Latin: "foolish fire"), is an atmospheric ghost light seen by travellers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes.

This may sound like a strange theme for a weaving retreat but what we have in mind is the idea of weaving something (fabric?) that is lightweight, sheer, floaty, or lacy, possibly pale or pastel; perhaps involving collapse or texture that  creates a feeling of movement; maybe including an element of something shiny, opaque or iridiescent. The sky is the limit! Whatever you do we would like you to have an end point in mind for what you create.

Bring along anything that has helped inspire the idea for your weaving, e.g., drawing, photo, article, writing or ideas from magazines or books so we can share about the kinds of things that inspire us collectively.

What can you use lightweight fabric for? It could be for something as simple as a scarf or a shawl, or an item of clothing (adult or child), perhaps a curtain, light-shade, art piece.

We would really like, if possible, for everyone to try to bring something along for Show & Tell as we would like to be able to invite people from the Village to share with us in this, and we'd like to make it a bit of an event.

Participant Exchange: This year it will be to swap a pair of handwoven table napkins or serviettes. If you wish to participate you need to weave a pair, no size is specified for this. Start early! Two napkins is not much different to one teatowel. They can be as simple or complicated as you like or feel comfortable with. The nice thing is that when you use them, you think about the person who made them, and the event you swapped at.