Shifting Strands ii
Devon Weavers Workshop
Friday 24 - Wednesday 29 May 2019
10 am - 5 pm
After a fascinating and well-received exhibition at Harbour House in 2012, Devon Weavers’ Workshop members display a new body of work, including rugs, scarves, table runners and blankets. Weaving equipment will be on display, with demonstrations of weaving and spinning.
Devon Weavers’ Workshop originated at the Craft Education Centre at Dartington from a class taught as part of the local adult education programme. After a period working in the home of one of its members, by 2005 the group had progressed to newly-built and far more suitable premises in rural Ashprington, gaining charitable status and successfully applying for a National Lottery Award for the purchase of eight new Louët looms. Membership grew rapidly and the group became affiliated to the National Association of Weaver, Spinners and Dyers. Ten years ago the Workshop benefited from a second National Lottery award, this time to help finance the purchase of a computer-controlled, 16 shaft Louët Megado loom.
Courses are vital to the financial well-being of the Workshop and are much in demand, with ongoing beginners’ courses with Jenny Rolfe and more advanced weaving courses run by both UK tutors and visiting tutors from around the world. Work is produced in Devon Weavers Workshop to professional standards, and the group exhibit and sell within the Workshop and at local arts events and venues such as Devon Open Studios, Birdwood House in Totnes, The Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey and various National Trust Craft Fairs.
As a not-for-profit organisation the Workshop has benefited not only from the generosity of spirit of its trustees and members, but also from friends and family who have laid carpet, moved equipment, fixed leaking taps, helped complete forms, built websites and forgiven absences from home.