Participants will explore the potential of both contemporary and traditional design though off-loom weaving techniques. Utilizing simple hand-held looms and tools, various yarns, cloth strips and other materials, attendees are encouraged to experiment with color and texture to create a myriad of surface patterns. Principals of dyeing yarns and fabric is included in this immersive experience to encourage experimentation and expressiveness. Historical reference presentations and inspirational lectures are also included in the retreat.
Dates and Fees
The Fiber Art: Weaving and Dyeing Retreat with Meredith Strauss will take place from June 11 through June 22, 2018, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at Otis College of Art and Design. Tuition for the program is $1,675. The final deadline for applications is May 1, 2018.
On-campus housing and board may be available for an additional fee, please indicate on the application form if you are interested in this option.
Important fee and registration information:
- To Register: Use the Apply Now button below and submit your information and the $20 registration fee by May 1, 2018.
- A $350 deposit is required within two weeks after the notifications go out to secure your place in the retreat, with the full balance due May 15, 2018. This deposit will go towards the total $1,675 for the retreat.
- A $25 materials fee is payable to the instructor on the first day.
- To give everyone the best experience possible, the program is limited to 12 participants.
- Additional information will be sent to all participants after registration.
Jo Lauria, Program Director
Jo Lauria is a curator, writer, educator, and museum consultant specializing in design and decorative arts. Formerly she held the position of assistant curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Lauria is the organizer of several national touring exhibitions as well as numerous museum-based surveys of craft, design, and decorative arts. Most recently, she organized two design exhibitions for 2015 and 2016, one showcasing the exquisite ceramics of Ralph Bacerra for Otis College of Art and Design (LA), and the other featuring the visionary architecture of William F. Cody for the Architecture and Design Museum (LA). Ongoing, she has consulted with museums and private clients on acquisitions for their permanent collections and/or portfolios. Additionally, for the last five years Lauria has served as Mentor Faculty at Otis College of Art and Design.
Meredith Strauss, Lead Faculty
Meredith Strauss: Building upon 40 years of weaving and dyeing experience, Los Angeles based artist Meredith Strauss is currently a textiles instructor at El Camino College. She has created a body of large-scale off-loom pieces that are placed in numerous corporate and private collections, and has exhibited internationally. In addition to teaching, most recently in Bangkok, Thailand, Meredith produces a line of Shibori scarves and caftans sold in boutiques around the United States and abroad. The most recent exhibition of her work was at the 10th International Shibori Symposium Exhibition, Oaxaca, Mexico.