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SPINNING ON A DROP SPINDLE with Vanessa Ocana-Mayor

June 22, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Have you ever wondered how fiber artists of all sorts use a simple drop spindle to create vast lengths of thread thin enough for back-strap weaving and thick enough for chunky knitting?  How does the spinner know when to drop the spindle, and how does it keep spinning until the thread is just so? Learn the answers to these questions and the mechanics behind spinning with a drop spindle as you create your own alpaca thread with a pushka (the Runasimi word for a drop spindle). In this 3-hour class Vanessa will show you the technique and magic that will help you master the deceptively simple art of spinning.

Materials students should bring: Bring your spindle if you own one or purchase one at EVFAC or borrow one from EVFAC

Vanessa Ocana-Mayor is a Quechua native of what is known today as the Peruvian Andes. She was raised in Lima and Chanchamayo, until 11 years old when she moved to the States. She studied Sculpture and Political Anthropology at the University of Florida, and is a traditional spinning, plant dyeing, and weaving fiber artist. She has experience in art conservation, with a focus in textile conservation. Today she enjoys her days with her husband and two cats in Northern New Mexico. She spends her time working part-time at EVFAC in retail and as a craft teacher, and the rest of it at home baking, spinning, dyeing, weaving, knitting, working leather in her husband’s traditional Nakoda ways, and accepting conservation/restoration works from private clients.

This class requires a minimum of 3 students for the class to run. See our Class Payment and Refund Policy.

Non-Member: $35 (Member $45)

Material Fee: $10
Material fee is paid at first class meeting.