Communal Weaving with TOAST
Join fashion and lifestyle brand TOAST and Freeweaver Saori Studio to learn the basics of handweaving and contribute to a communal handwoven installation.
TOAST aspires to a slower and more thoughtful way of life and believes in the importance of supporting and sustaining traditional textile techniques and craftsmanship.
For this creative workshop, TOAST is joined by Erna Janine who runs the Freeweaver Studio at Craft Central, London’s first Saori Studio. Erna Janine has worked with natural textiles for over 20 years and has studied hand spinning and textile construction at the Icelandic College for traditional handcrafts in Reyjavik. For the last four years she has been visiting Japan regularly to study Saori freeweaving, a technique that celebrates creativity, freedom of expression and the unique hand of the weaver.
In sharing the art of Saori freeweaving with a wider community, TOAST hopes to foster creativity and a slower lifestyle. TOAST is also providing waste yarns and strips of recycled fabrics from their production to be reused in the weaving. The finished piece is exhibited at the end of London Craft Week.