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Workshops

Our Workshops are open to all and harness the power of community and creative practice.

Book for our latest events via our dedicated Eventbrite pages. 

Our first series is called Wild Weaving - beginning with a walk and meditative pause outdoors then joining in a simple weaving workshop together, no previous experience required. We hope a sense of well-being results from a combination of fellowship and productive engagement.

Journeys in Design employs local creative talent to support well-being and the local economy.

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Photo by Abid Nazir

Wild Weaving at Silverburn Park

11 and 13 May 2021

The latest of our Wild Weaving sessions, this time for the Staff and Friends of Silverburn Park. On a meditative walk in the walled garden we gathered objects to create simple tapestry weaves, with hand loom weaver Susie Redman from Platform Studios Burntisland offering some expert tips. All present felt the calming effect of some nature based craft activity. Journeys in Design works at the local level in communities across Scotland to offer Walks and Workshops, providing materials and expertise, employing local makers and designers, supporting local creative economies and offering creative fellowship for well-being.

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Wild Weaving at Ulster Folk Museum with Roisin Aiston

15 October 2020

A Journeys in Design Wild Weaving Workshop took place at the Ulster Folk Museum hosted by National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI). The one and a half hour event included a walk to gather materials and a short mindfulness session, followed by a weaving workshop for complete beginners. The event was led by Curator Dr John Ennis and NMNI weaver Roisin Aiston. NMNI Volunteering and Participation Manager Helen Connolly welcomed volunteers, inviting them to reconnect after a period of lockdown. John introduced the session, reflecting on the meditative quality of walking in nature and simple weaving techniques. NMNI weaver Roisin Aiston offered guidance and inspiration for the wild weaving session. After the event weaver Roisin Aiston said “I loved offering the same instruction and seeing twelve different pieces come together at the end. It was amazing.”

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Photo by Liz Beaton

Wild Weaving at Victoria Park with Beth Milligan

12 August 2020

Journeys in Design was delighted to offer a Wild Weaving Workshop within EastSide Arts Festival, led by Curator John Ennis and local weaver Beth Milligan, delivered in partnership with Connswater Community Greenway.

The 90 minute event included a walk in th park to gather materials, a short mindfulness session and a weaving workshop for complete beginners.

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Wild Weaving at Summerhall with Akshata Mokashi and guest Abdulkader Nasan

17 January 2020

In our final Wild Weaving session of this series, our workshop was led by Akshsta Mokashi, joined by textile engineer and PhD Candidate Abdul Nasan. Abdul discussed his experience of industrial weaving in Syria and current work on innovative textile engineering products.

The session began with a walk in The Meadows, with collection of grasses, string and other items en route. Our group then gathered in the ArtiScience Library at Summerhall for a beginners weaving workshop, incorporating found materials into a simple tapestry weave; all terms and techniques shared on the day,

Inspired by the weavers met during Our Linen Stories tours, Journeys in Design offers local ‘Wild Weaving’ workshops, harnessing the powers of walking in nature and simple weaving techniques, to enhance well-being. We engage local weavers to lead our workshops and invite them to share their Weavers Tales. Our Workshops were devised with the assistance of Akshata Mokashi MA (Distinction) Heriot Watt University, Textiles and Design.

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Photo by Abid Nazir

Wild Weaving at Summerhall with Akshata Mokashi and guest Susie Redman

15 November 2019

In the third of our inaugural series, our walk and weaving workshop was led by Akshsta Mokashi with guest handloom weaver Susie Redman discussing her use of pattern and colpour inb design.

The session began with a walk in The Meadows, with collection of grasses, string and other items en route. Our group then gathered in the ArtiScience Library at Summerhall for a beginners weaving workshop, incorporating materials found during the preceding walk.

Inspired by the weavers met during Our Linen Stories tours, Journeys in Design offers local ‘Wild Weaving’ workshops, harnessing the powers of walking in nature and simple weaving techniques, to enhance well-being. We engage local weavers to lead our workshops and invite them to share their Weavers Tales. Our Workshops were devised with the assistance of Akshata Mokashi MA (Distinction) Heriot Watt University, Textiles and Design.

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Photo by Abid Nazir

Wild Weaving at Summerhall with Akshata Mokashi and guest Marnie Collins

11 October 2019

In the second of our inaugural series, our walk and weaving workshop was led by Akshsta Mokashi with guest an Marnie Collins of Heriot Watt University, discussing her design practice and University teaching. 

The session began with a walk in The Meadows, with collection of grasses, string and other items en route. Our group then gathered in the ArtiScience Library at Summerhall for a beginners weaving workshop, incorporating materials found during the preceding walk.

Inspired by the weavers met during Our Linen Stories tours, Journeys in Design offers local ‘Wild Weaving’ workshops, harnessing the powers of walking in nature and simple weaving techniques, to enhance well-being. We engage local weavers to lead our workshops and invite them to share their Weavers Tales. Our Workshops were devised with the assistance of Akshata Mokashi MA (Distinction) Heriot Watt University, Textiles and Design.

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Photo by Abid Nazir

Wild Weaving at Summerhall with Akshata Mokashi and guest James Donald

20 September 2019

Inspired by the weavers met during Our Linen Stories tours, Journeys in Design offers local ‘Wild Weaving’ workshops, harnessing the powers of walking in nature and simple weaving techniques to enhance well-being. We engage local weavers to lead our workshops and invite them to share their Weavers Tales.

Our inaugural Workshop in September 2019 was devised with the expert guidance of Akshata Mokashi MA (Distinction) Heriot Watt University, Textiles and Design. We were delighted to partner with Artiscience Library at Summerhall walking before the workshop in The Meadows parkland nearby.

In September we were joined by Guest Weaver James Donald of PickOne Productions to discuss elements of Weaving practice and retail.