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Braided Rug Workshop: Resistance to Throw-away Culture Winter 2024

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Braided textiles with the use of fabric scraps can be traced to the indigenous tribes in North America, who made saddles and blankets. Colonial settlers were quick to adopt their weaving techniques to make rugs for their homes. In this studio course, suitable for anyone with hand dexterity, students will be introduced to the history of rug making in North America and its evolution over time. Homework will include short readings each week that explore the rich and varied methods of rug making, as well as an exploration of the art as an act of resistance to throw-away culture and overproduction in the textile industry. The reuse of textiles, the manipulation with one’s own hands provides a powerful tactile experience and brings awareness to what is required to produce these goods that we utilize every day and their varied use, from functional interior accessory to intricate pieces of art. As part of this exploration, we will adventure to one or two nearby textile recuperation mills. Coursework will culminate with an artistic and/or functional final rug of the student’s choosing.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 19
Expected: NA
Class#: 1361
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Presentation(s); Creative project(s)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Open to all.
Unit Notes: Nadia Lucchin is an artist living in North Bennington, VT. Nadia's love of nature has driven her to center her work around sustainability, consciously refusing the purchase of materials to create new works and instead using what is readily available.
Materials/Lab Fee: $25
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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