june, 2023

26jun(jun 26)9:00 am30(jun 30)4:00 pmIlka WhiteBeautiful Braiding - Rag Rugs and More9:00 am - 4:00 pm (30)

Event Details

SOLD OUT – Wait List Available

Level: All

Estimated Materials Cost: $30 – $40

Workshop Outline

Up-cycle your old clothes into fantastic rag rugs or 3D sculptural vessels using off-loom, no-sew and spiral braiding. The luxury of five days will allow you to push the boundaries of this terrific technique and apply spiral braiding to whatever participants care to create.

We’ll work from basic to advanced techniques including round, rectangular, 3D, cross-hatching and multiple working edges, weaving in as we go so there is no stitching up required. A range of design possibilities emerge as we play with tone, texture and contrast. Bring your own material to recycle and find out what riches can come from rags.

Ilka White’s practice spans sculpture and installation, textiles, art- in-community and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Ilka undertook a Churchill Fellowship, learning from weavers of traditional textiles in Indonesia, India, Nepal and Bhutan. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Monash University and an Associate Diploma in Studio Textiles from Melbourne Institute of Textiles (now RMIT). Ilka taught Contemporary Art and Design, Weaving and Textile History at RMIT University and was teaching artist in residence at ANU School of Art. Ilka has exhibited internationally and her work is represented in the public collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, RMIT University and private collections in Australia, U.K. and U.S.A. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Textiles: The Art of Mankind (Thames & Hudson, London. 2012), Art Textiles of the World – Australia Vol. 2 (Telos Art Publishing, U.K. 2007), The Melbourne Design Guide (Lab.3000, 2006) and Handmade in Melbourne (GSP Books, Melbourne 2006).


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM