244 Lake St., Oak Park, IL, 60302

June 2-15, 2019

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 ART AND COMMUNITY: 3:30-5pm Sunday, June 30, 2019

Join Emily Winter, Lisa Vinebaum, and Marianne Fairbanks, at the closing for a discussion.

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.


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.