What facilities do I have access to at Praxis?
As a resident artist, you will have access to the full Praxis Facility. This includes a full dye lab, natural indigo VAT, print tables, spinning wheels, felting equipment.
What materials can be used to weave on a TC2?
A wide range of fibers can be used on a TC2, but in general, Digital Weaving Norway cautions against typical floor rug qualities because of heavy/stiff materials and high pick densities. All animal and vegetable fibers will work in the TC2 loom. The general rule is that if the thread breaks easily when you pull it gently between your hands, it should not be used as a warp. Linen, cotton, hemp, silk and wool, animal hair such as lama, alpaca and camel hair will work excellently and also, viscose and synthetics. You may also work with unconventional materials such as fishing line, surgical steel wire, copper wire, electrical cords with different coatings, polyurethane/ lycra elastics, polypropylene ropes, paper yarn etc.
Is there tech support?
YES! We encourage residents to take a virtual file designing class with Director Cathryn Amidei prior to arriving. Limited support will be available to assist with file design. However, a staff person will be available for tech support on the TC2 from 9-5 Monday – Thursday. The first three days of your residency, staff will be be present to get you started and make sure your plans are moving smoothly. For the rest of the residency staff will check in daily and provide an hour of tech support if needed.
How should I prepare my files?
Designs for the TC2 can be made on Photoshop, or other image processing program or other industrial Jacquard program. Files must be saved as JPG, TIFF, BMP or WIF. The Loom Controller software works with these formats.
Is there 24/7 access?
YES! Whether you are staying with us or not, as a Digital Weaving Resident you will have 24/7 access to the Digital Weaving Lab as well as our main facility.