Sat 18, Sat 25 March, Sat 15 & Sat 22 April 2023, Zero-waste weaving a jacket with Friends of light
Workshop: 15:00 -18:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
Online workshop, hosted on Zoom by Jessi Highet
Jessi Highet is a textile artist and soft goods fabricator, and teacher. She studied textiles and clothing design at Parsons. Her personal work is an experiment in tactile and visual meditation and a collaboration with soft materials.
Jessi is a founding member of Friends of Light, a weaving collective that develops and produces jackets woven to form for each client. They use a method of weaving called ‘weaving to form’ that creates finished garments that have a full selvedge and also cause the garment to be zero waste.
Jessi owns a dye production facility and textile fabrication studio in Brooklyn. She creates small samples as well as larger scale production for her clients in the fashion, interiors, and film industries. To see more about that, visit jessihighetstudio.com
Jessi is also one half of a creative partnership called Highley Varlet. The current creative project of Highley Varlet is "2020: Total Clarity"- a collection of marathon length walks taking place over the course of one year through the entirety of the five boroughs of NYC.
This event will consist of free access to the Meet the Maker talk with Jessi Highet who will discuss a few different types of tapestry weaving including a unique technique called weaving to form. Inspired by the four-selvedge weaving of ancient Peru, Friends of Light created a unique way to create garments by weaving each pattern piece in a way that creates a selvedge on all edges, leaving you with zero waste. If you are unable to attend the online talk on 14 January 2023, the talk will be recorded and made available to you after the event. Please allow 7 working days for us to send you the recording.
Outline of the workshop
In the workshop, you will learn a technique of tapestry weaving called weaving to form. Inspired by the four-selvedge weaving of ancient Peru, Friends of Light created a unique way to create garments by weaving each pattern piece in a way that creates a selvedge on all edges, leaving you with zero waste.
Jessi will guide you through the process of this work in a way that can be easily adapted to your own personal style to bring this different way of weaving into your own garment creation.
NOTE: The full jacket is estimated to be made in 200 hours, therefore further work outside workshop hours will be needed to finish the jacket.
Level of experience
None required, any pattern making or textile skills will add to the ease of working on this but open to all levels.
A materials pack will be sent to participants prior to the workshop containing:
- Special Friends of Light yarn to work into the garments. This wool is grown and spun in the Hudson Valley, just 2 hours north of New York from a farm called Buckwheat Bridge Angoras
- Tapestry needles
In addition, participants will need to provide:
Pattern for the garment you will weave: this can be made by the participant if they know how to do this or can be purchased. Here are two links to some basic top patterns that would be nice flat options for this project. These patterns are a simpler version for beginners: https://stonemountainfabric.com/product/hadley-top/
- 1/2" plywood: big enough pieces that each pattern piece fits onto
- Small nails
- Small plastic comb for beating down the yarn
- Yarn, strips of fabric, or whatever you'd like to weave with
The workshop will be recorded and the recording will be shared with you after the workshop. Please allow 7 working days for us to send you the recording.
Please note: material packs are shipped on an insured, trackable delivery service. Any customs duties, delays, lost or undeliverable packages are the responsibility of the customer. Once a material pack leaves the workshop tutors' hands with a tracking number, the seller has no further obligation to the buyers.
Workshop Cancellation Policy
All places reserved for workshops are non-refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will offer a credit note.
If you require additional information about this workshop please contact email@example.com.
Images credit: Julius Honnor