Inspiration: The Inspiring Seed as an Approach in Creative Contemporary Hand Weaving Education

By Mona Maher Wady.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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The purpose of using interloper ornamented fabrics in a hand weaving program conducted throughout the 2nd year in the Faculty of Art Education in Alexandria, Egypt, was to enhance students’ hand weaving skills for creating new weaving patterns with pertinent weaving structures and aesthetic features. Two principal research questions were addressed: (a) How can discovering and searching through pieces of unique fabrics inspire students and help them to reveal new pattern compositions and creative techniques in hand woven textiles? (b) Would appreciation for pieces of unique fabrics they chose themselves help in mastering hand weaving techniques which need patience and proficiency? Analyses of 60 students’ questionnaires revealed several results of program evaluation. The questionnaire evaluated 8 values that the program is meant to enhance: inspiring creative patterns, enriching the texture of textile art works, adding varied levels, enriching colors, elevating the harmony, supporting balance, developing weaving techniques, and the creative use of different hand weaving structures.

Keywords: Weaving Skills, Interloper, Pattern Compositions, Discovering, Inspiring, Fabrics, Aesthetics

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 841.597KB).

Dr. Mona Maher Wady

Faculty Member, Department of Art Education, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Wady was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt and lived some years in Japan. She carried out her research at K.I.T University, Kyoto, Japan, where she got her PhD. Dr. Wady is an artist, painter and paper-maker. She runs art workshops for the development of new artistic fabrics. Her work is exhibited in some countries all over the world and collected in Japan, Switzerland and Egypt.