COMPOUND YELLOW, OAK PARK, ILLINOIS, USA

244 Lake St., Oak Park, IL, 60302

Opening: Sunday, June 2 from 1-4

Weaving Lab invites the public to participate in the process of weaving, speculation and conversation.  Weaving tutorials are combined with conceptual inquiries into domains of rhythm, math systems, meditation, and materiality.  Weaving Lab both explores and subverts each of these associations, hovering between process and speculation, theory and making, and providing questions and experiences so that each participant can draw their own conclusions. The project works to extend access to weaving so that we might invent new ideas about textiles, community, and making .

 Whether you can stay for five minutes or one hour, we hope that you can come join us to weave, connect, and explore.

WEAVING SOUNDS BY JOSEPH ADAMIK AND MARIANNE FAIRBANKS

Weaving Sounds is an experiential project that asks participants to listen to a composition while weaving. The piece was born from conversations about the relationships between improvisational music and the act of weaving.

Incorporating ideas of patterns and randomness from weaving, the accompanying music replaces the warp and weft with melody and rhythm.  There are three sections of the composition that include ambient, rhythmic and noise-based sounds, each connect with three distinct woven structures.

Specifically coded programs randomly pick patterns, natural and computer-generated sounds, as well as melody, with an infinite number of variations with the intention that the accompanying sounds might both parallel and influence the weaving process.

Each weaver will listen to a unique composition and create an individual piece of cloth that will act as material evidence of intentional listening and the handmade. While the relationship between weaving and music may be abstract, we hope that participants will find resonance with this multisensory experience.

Joseph Adamik is a composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist, drummer and Grammy nominee.  He was a long-time member of the experimental rock band Califone as well as touring & recording with the band Iron & Wine for many years.  Adamik has composed & recorded several film scores and has been a session musician on numerous albums.  He has performed in music venues throughout the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Radio City Music Hall, The Hammer Museum, Walker Arts Center, Marfa Ballroom, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Warhol Museum & the Sundance Film Festival.  He currently lives in Chicago with his wife and son.

Week 2

June 10-        Monday 10-5
June 11-        Tuesday 10-5
June 12-        Wednesday 11-7
June 13-        Thursday 11-7
June 14-        Friday 10-5
June 15-        Saturday 10-5

Week 1

June 3-          Monday 10-5
June 4-          Tuesday 10-
June 5-          Wednesday 11-7
June 6-          Thursday 11-7
June 7-          Friday 10-5
June 8-          Saturday 10-5
June 9-          Sunday 12-5

Closing reception and discussion: 3:30-5pm Sunday, June 30, 2019
Marianne Fairbanks, Emily Winter and Lisa Vinebaum
Weaving Art and Community:

Join us for an informal conversation about how the art of weaving can also help bring people together to help foster community among participants of diverse genders, ages, abilities, and cultures. Artist Marianne Fairbanks will talk about the social practice of weaving at the Weaving Lab, a grassroots, international project based in Madison (WI) that provides community access to free weaving equipment and instruction. Artist Emily Winter will discuss the Weaving Mill, an industrial weaving studio in Chicago that builds collaboration between artists and adults with developmental disabilities as a core part of its mission. Other historical and contemporary examples of social and community oriented weaving will be presented by artist and historian Lisa Vinebaum.

Bios:

Marianne Fairbanks is a visual artist, designer, curator and Assistant Professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the University of Michigan. Her work spans the fields of art, design, and social practice, seeking to chart new material and conceptual territories, to innovate solution-based design, and to foster fresh modes of cultural production.  mariannefairbanks.com

Emily Winter is a weaver based in Chicago. She is co-founder of The Weaving Mill, an experimental weaving studio in Humboldt Park that blends design, fine art, textile education, and research-based practice. She has an MFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in History from the University of Chicago

Lisa Vinebaum, PhD is a leading scholar on community building and social change through fiber and textiles. She is an Associate Professor of Fiber and Material Studies and affiliated full-time faculty in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.lisavinebaum.com