The Textile Art Department (TAD) is Ruth Scheuing, Mary Lou Trinkwon and Petyna Bougie. These women have been up to some awesome things since their unceremonious exit from the Textile Art Program when Capilano University cancelled art programs in 2013. Incredibly, Ruth was able to buy the program's jacquard loom in an auction after the program shut down. The loom was originally one of the program's AVL Dobby looms and I remember quite a lot of research and elbow grease going into modifying it into the jacquard they use today. Since acquiring that loom in 2014 faculty members Ruth Scheuing and Mary Lou Trinkwon (re)formed the Textile Art Department into a collaborative including the program's technician, Petyna Bougie. They describe their project as existing to "facilitate a diverse range of textile practices, with a focus on education and research". On the education side they hold jacquard weaving workshops throughout the year as well as offer the jacquard loom on a rental basis. Simply learn how to use it and it's yours to rent (that could be you!).
TAD recently moved the loom from a semi-private space into a public spot at Maker Labs on East Cordova. Come check it out at their upcoming open house on Saturday August 20th from 2pm-5pm. I'm living out of the city but I'm trying to finagle getting there for what is sure to be a fun time.
Textile Art Department Open House
Saturday August 20th from 2pm-5pm
at Maker Labs, 780 East Cordova Street
Janna Maria Vallee
PS check out our list of spaces to rent for textile art making
Hi, I'm Janna. I'm the owner and natural dyer at Everlea Yarn. I am also a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program.
I founded Vancouver Yarn in 2008 as a single space to hold all the textile awesomeness Vancouver (and beyond) offers. In 2010 I moved away from BC and was (a bit) absent here until I returned in 2016. Here on the VY blog I mostly share about local events and other local artists and crafters.
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