Travis Meinolf is a textile artist, weaving advocate, and craft theorist who creates interactive installations does public demos and literally travels with his floor loom ( on wheels) to museums, galleries, parks, and street corners to interact and connect with the community.
In one of his installations nearly 1000 visitors engaged in “collective productive play” and learned the basics of weaving to collaborate on patchwork blankets that were donated to a local women’s shelter in Vancouver.
He also creates work that begin to question societies motives as consumers compared to what is actually necessity.
check out ACTIONWEAVER for instructions & videos
also his flikr page because his website has a frustrating layout for the project images.
Ideas for Lessons:
– teaching the basics of weaving and creating a collaborative patchwork quilt ( or multiples to donate)
– a lesson on the history of weaving and juxtaposing it with today’s society and contemporary methods of making clothing ( one of a kinds vs. mass production)
– teaching about how communities can be created through practices in the arts. ( pick specific practice and imagine the community that created it, what was its function)