Text/ile: Weaving Climate Data

As technology continues to go where it has never before, the origin of our things drift farther and farther away. With the click of the button almost anything can be delivered to your doorstep within days. At one point, getting the newest outfit or device was not as easy as three clicks of your heels. Fabric production among many is a practice that has evolved tremendously. For thousands of years, people wove fabric –– the oldest forms dating back to 5000 BC. Hand weaving was the first, a meticulous process that took hours of tedious work for one garment. As time went on, looms were invented which sped up the process but still took precise skill and concentration. In many civilizations weaving was considered to be an art form and fabrics were showcased as a form of wealth. In the Mayan culture for instance, weaving was reserved only for high class women.

Although weaving is not something that we see often anymore, there is somewhere you can learn. Tali Weinberg is a Berkeley resident fusing her old world knowledge of weaving with new world perspectives to promote social change. Her art addresses gender violence, the housing crisis, climate change and labor exploitation. This weekend, Weinberg will be instructing a class on weaving as an effective way to convey the environmental and human impacts of climate change. The class will be taught using a small frame loom and all students will walk away with their creation as well as the technical skills of weaving.

If You Go

When: April 3, 2016 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry in Sausalito.

Cost: $90 | $80 (optional take-home loom: $130 | $110)


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