Continuing in a series of textile innovation lab workshops, Amman Design Week 2019 invites Esna Su to share her unique techniques in fabric coiling, weaving, and knitting.
Esna Su is a UK-based Turkish jewelry and textiles designer whose sculptural pieces explore issues of identity and memory through her unique techniques of weaving, twinning, and crochet which she learned in her hometown of Antioch.
The workshops, which will take place at the Sijal Institute in Jabal Amman, introduce the traditional techniques in a contemporary sense. In the “coiling” workshop, participants will use plastic bags, plant fibers, and found objects. In the “weaving” workshop, Esna will introduce the traditional technique inspired by the ‘Hasir’ carpet weaving technique, which involves rapid hand movement to create flat or 3D forms with unusual materials.
Finally, in her knitting workshop, participants will mix basketry and textiles together, learning how to make a cord from recycled leather using large knitting needles. This technique is what Esna used to create her ‘Burden’ collection, which you can find on display at the Hangar Exhibition.
Esna will also be conducting a public talk on the 8th of October on her journey as a designer. Her participation is sponsored by the British Council - Jordan.
The works produced during the first in the textile innovation series (textile innovation I: material innovation), conducted in December 2018 by visiting German artist Annette Fauvel and sponsored by the Goethe Institute, can be found on display at the Crafts District at the Kabariti Village.