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Intuitive Textile Design

June 15, 2019 – June 16, 2019 all-day
Alta Lake Station House
5560 Old Mill Ln
Whistler, BC V0N 1B5
Arts Whistler

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued to those who have already registered. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.


Enjoy two days of textile exploration with the backdrop of Alta Lake as your inspiration. 

DATE: JUNE 15 & 16, 2019
TIME: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
AGE: 16+

$150 Arts Whistler Member Early Bird (Until May 20)
$200 Arts Whistler Member
$225 Non-Member
Additional supply cost: $70

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Workshop Details

The first morning of the workshop will start with a woven meditation mandala. Play with beautiful hand spun and hand dyed wool that will be provided for you. Experiment with color and texture and space, for yourself and for your creation.

After lunch we will move away from our woven mandalas and into free form crochet. We will start with small pieces in your palette choice testing different ways of “feeling” your design by letting the wool and the environment guide you. The afternoon will be dedicated to your inspired vignettes.

If the mood strikes you, continue to create in the evening after the workshop is done to get a head start on Sunday’s work.

The second day will be all about finding how your pieces work together and deciding what you want them to be. Your finished piece can be a hat, a wall hanging, a scarf, a shawl or a coaster. It can be part of a bigger project that you take with you to work on or you can embrace it as a completed object at the end of the day.

**You must have crochet experience in order to be able to take this class. Skills required, single crochet, double crochet, crochet in the round and basic seaming/finishing techniques.


Instructor Bio

Carmen has been designing and selling her knitwear from her MelonHead KnitWear label for almost 20 years. And for about half that time she has been spinning and dyeing her own wool. She has solder her work for many years at The One of a Kind Show in Toronto, Circle Craft in Vancouver and the Calgary Art Market.

Forever curious about her own textile footprint, she has endeavored to use local materials as much as possible for the responsible production of her line. Since studying Natural Dyeing at NSCAD in 2017, Carmen has been spotted foraging in the woods and on her way to the Squamish Farmer’s market, filling her backpack with tansy and acorns to use for dyeing wool.

As a side effect of her zero waste project a few years ago she found an outlet using her left over fiber for circular weaving and small pieces of crochet that became beautiful curious puzzles. Her style of crochet in segments (often known as free form crochet) has morphed into more intuitive design and it’s this approach that she is excited to share with you.

Check out the instructor’s work melonheadknitwear.com



All supplies included in the additional supply cost of $70

NOTE: In order to make sure you have the yarn colors you would like to work with, a design consultation will be arranged in advance of the class with the instructor by email.


How to get there

The Alta Lake Station House is located 4km south of Whistler Village and is accessible by car, bike, or foot. Parking is at Wayside Park. It is approximately a 15-minute walk to the location along the Valley Trail. Please allow yourself time, especially if you are bringing a lot of art supplies. Also, bring your own lunch and snacks, the Alta Lake Station House is not close to any restaurants or grocery stores. The venue is equipped with a full-service kitchen, complete with stove and refrigerator.


What is Art On The Lake?

Art on the Lake are unique workshops lead by professional artists who will teach techniques to enhance your craft. The Alta Lake Station House is a tranquil space, where you can be fully present among your peers as you immerse into creativity. The scenic views of the lake make for the perfect artist getaway. Whether you are experienced or just beginning these workshops welcome everyone.

Check out all the Art on the Lake workshops