• Introduction to Mayan Backstrap Weaving

    Utz Threads Presents: Introduction to Mayan Backstrap Weaving


    Saturday, April 13, 2019
    From 10 AM to 12 PM
    Studio D (3rd Floor)
    $20 Admission

    An introduction to Mayan Backstrap weaving. Weavers demonstrate and guide participants throughout the production process, practiced for over 2,000 years by Indigenous Maya women in Central America. This interactive workshop explores the different techniques used to create textiles and explains their cultural significance.

    Presented in collaboration with the Mam Oakland Community.

    With this introductory weaving demonstration, participants will have the opportunity to learn about backstrap weaving and see it in action. The demo will start with a 15-20 min introduction, where weavers will share a bit about the history and cultural importance of backstrap weaving, practiced for over 2,000 years by indigenous Maya women in Central America.

    After this, we’ll break up into three stations, each will outline a specific step in the backstrap weaving process. Participants will be able to learn fully about each step, before changing stations and learning about another step. There’ll be a weaver working at each station, with someone else explaining what’s happening throughout the process. In these stations, there will also be interactive opportunities for participants to help and get their hands on the thread and weavings.

    We’ll end with a Q&A where the women can answer questions about weaving as well as an update about what projects are being planned in the Mam Oakland Community that people can get further involved in.

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  • Introduction to Screen Printing on Fabric


    Sat & Sun, April 6 & 7, 2019
    From 10 AM to 4:30 PM
    MG Studio (4th Floor)
    $320 Fee

    Instructors Jen Hewett and Marsha Shaw will teach you the basics of emulsion-based screen printing on fabric, including: creating film, coating and exposing screens, registering and printing two-color prints, and heat setting fabric.

    The class fee includes all the tools necessary to create film and to print. Students are expected to come to class with a project and two-color design (no larger than 8.5x11”) in mind, and to bring their own fabric or items to print on. Detailed information about number and types of items to consider printing, as well as required pre-work will be sent upon registration.

    Students who already have the skills to digitally create two-color separations are welcome to submit their files for output prior to the class. Please note, however, that this class is an introductory one, and we will not be covering printing repeat patterns on yardage during the course of this class.

    About the Instructors:

    Jen Hewett is a printmaker, surface designer, textile artist and teacher. A lifelong Californian, Jen combines her love of loud prints and saturated colors with the textures and light of the California landscapes to create highly-tactile, visually- layered, printed textiles. She regularly teaches block printing on fabric, both around the country and online. Her book, Print, Pattern, Sew: Block Printing Basics + Simple Sewing Projects for an Inspired Wardrobe, was published by Roost Books in May 2018.

    Marsha Shaw is a printmaker and book artist living in San Francisco. She received an MFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a B.A. in Art and M.A. in Painting from California State University Northridge. Shaw is currently an adjunct faculty member at De Anza College in Cupertino where she teaches drawing and design. She is the coordinator of Mission Grafica, a print studio at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where she teaches printmaking workshops. She has lectured and taught courses in bookmaking and printmaking at California College of the Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, Richmond Art Center, Museum of Children Art and Mendocino Art Center. Shaw’s work is in several collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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  • Salsa Bachata and Merengue Dance Classes

    Salsa, Bachata & Merengue Dance Classes (6 Week Series)


    April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2 & 9, 2019
    Thursdays from 7 PM to 8 PM
    Studio A (2nd Floor)
    $80 for 6 Weeks • Drop-in for $20

    This is a 6-week series designed for beginner-intermediate students to learn and enjoy three popular Latin dance styles: Salsa, Bachata and Merengue! Explore the possibilities of your body and how to communicate with others through dance, rhythm, and flavor! Partners not necessary.

    This class is taught by Venezuelan dance instructor Juliana Mendonca. Juliana’s teaching style is not a traditional ballroom style latin dance class. She first teaches her students to connect to their body and to connect to the rhythms before getting to the steps and turns.

    This foundation will help you loosen up your hips, knees, shoulders and arms to allow each student to get their own authentic feel for each genre and its unique rhythm.

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  • Mask Making Workshop

    Carnaval Mask Making Workshop


    Saturdays, May 4 & 11, 2019
    From 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
    Studio D (3rd Floor)
    $15 for Students & Seniors
    $20 General Admission

    Diego Marcial Rios returns to the MCCLA for this special Spring Mask Making Workshop, just in time for SF Carnaval! Rios will give students a brief history of the origins of Carnaval, from its origins in Italy to its renowned popularity in South America, the Caribbean and beyond. Students will then be able to create their own Carnaval Mask.

    Materials included. Space is limited.

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