On Saturday, September 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tisa Barton will teach students how to weave a “Reed Bowl with Curls.”
Students may choose a natural, blue, green or purple color wave. The cost of the class is $60 for HAC members or $65 for not-yet-members, supplies included.
“My love with Basket weaving began in the mid 90’s when I took my first class,” said Barton. Since that time, Barton has studied with many Master Basket Makers across the Southeast, exploring numerous techniques and weaving materials.
After a few years, Barton took the next step—“I began designing baskets and selling at shows and galleries in the area,” she said. Soon buyers approached the artist and asked her to teach.
“I found that I loved sharing my knowledge and passing on the skills I had learned from others,” said Barton who now has come full circle and is now considered a Master herself.
Barton has also taught classes at Georgia Basketry Conventions, Basket Guilds, Alton Holoman Heritage Art School, Cheiftian Museum, RACCA and Georgia Gourd Society Shows.
Instructor Nancy Dugger will teach a Beginner class for weaving techniques employed in making a tapestry. Classes begin September 19 and meet every other Wednesday through November 7, from 6:30 -9 p.m. Cost of the classes is $90 for HAC members or $100 for non- members. A lap loom is provided, and students will complete a sampler tapestry.
“I began weaving in the 60’s and expanded into tapestry learning Navajo weaving in the 70’s,” said Dugger.
The artist moved to Georgia in 1980, found she had to make a living another way and took a break from weaving. Nancy finished a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Art, specializing in textiles and surface design, and began a new career designing commercial high end carpet for Tai Ping, moving to Calhoun in 1995.
After 17 years in the carpet world, Dugger retired to pursue her love of hand weaving and was then reacquainted with tapestry weaving.
Dugger learned the more accepted techniques used in Europe by taking workshops with well known tapestry weavers and would like to spread the knowledge of this very creative fiber art.
To reserve a space for either class, please call Crystal at the Harris Arts Center at 706 629-2599.