The New World in Wool by Hannah Thiessen
Date: August 16-18 (Thurs-Sat)
Instructor: Hannah Theissen
In the mid-19th century, an early American art movement of romantic, epic landscape paintings began that would eventually communicate and document the wild beauty of the New World for generations to come. Artists Thomas Cole, Fredric Edwin Church, and others, captured the essence of the American wilderness, highlighting intense and awe-inspiring landscapes with careful application of color and light. This movement helped create the interest and fervor that drove American settlers West to discover lands rich with natural resources and breathtaking views, but it also drew attention to the Hudson River Valley, where many of the paintings were based. Due to this focus, the movement has been fondly referred to by historians as the ‘Hudson River Valley School’ of painting.
Harrisville’s proximity to this area and similar timeline make it the ideal place to explore and rediscover the beauty and inspiration that these art works provide.
Hannah will bring knitted and woven samples to show how mixing many semi-neutrals (in the same way as the painters) with a few true colors, increases the visual impact of knitted and woven pieces. Students will learn how to look at a painting for inherent palettes, using pre-built samples of palettes made by the instructor, from Harrisville’s color-line. Students will learn about the history of the painters and explore their works, while developing their own landscape-inspired color palettes using the wide selection of Harrisville yarns. These color palettes will be used to plan a new knitting or weaving project that captures the beauty of the North American wilderness.
About the Instructor
Hannah Thiessen is an art history / painting student turned yarn industry professional. She studied the work of early American landscape painters and Chinese landscape painters at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2007, she left formal education and began developing visual direction in varying capacities for yarn companies and knitting related service industries. She has worked in wool her entire adult life and currently runs Knitting Vividly and manages the monthly shipments and planning for KNITCRATE. She launched an artistic knitting book titled Slow Knitting through Abrams Craft in the fall of 2017.
Please call 1(603) 827-3996 for more information or to sign up for the class. To view and/or download our 2018 Workshop Catalogue click here.
We highly recommend staying in our Cheshire Mills Boarding house while taking a class. The Cheshire Mills Boarding House is inexpensive, and only a quick walk to the studio and shop! Learn more.