Circle Weaving with Vandana Jain

Come experiment with color and texture in this circular weaving class led by Visual Arts Resident Vandana Jain. Working with simple materials such as paper plates, a needle and some yarn, participants will learn the basics of warping and weaving as well as special techniques such as soumak weave, tapestry and rya knots. Participants will walk away with a finished object that can be used as jewelry, a shallow dish or as a decorative object, and learn how the techniques can be expanded to a variety of uses.

Date: This in-person workshop will meet once on Thursday, May 4 from 7-9pm.

Price: $40

Audience: Open to all.

Materials: Materials will be provided.

Vandana Jain is an artist and textile designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work explores the intersections of pattern and symbol, and spirituality and consumerism. She uses a variety of materials, most notably sugar, shattered auto glass and artists tape.

Recently, she has started making weavings with things found in “free” piles around Brooklyn, used alongside more traditional weaving techniques and materials. Her compostions are improvised directly on the loom, inspired directly by the material on hand. She is interested in systems of value, such as how cheap it is to buy a mylar birthday banner, and how expensive it is to knit your own sweater.

Classes at Pioneer Works are made possible by Sandeman Port.

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.