What you will do
3 hour workshop
Deoxyribonucleic acid is one of the only science words I remember from GCSE chemistry – that and potassium permanganate (because it was purple). I used to like saying it over and over again “Deoxyribonucleic acid” “Deoxyribonucleic acid” (thank Barbra for copy and paste, I can say it but I can’t be bothered to type it 3 times). Working in craft, I never thought I’d get much use of my favourite science words but here I am, running a weaving studio and typing all about it. Oh DNA! There’s room for you in the studio, after all – you’re the very thing that makes us make!
We’ve partnered up with the brilliant brains of Iona at Dot One to bring you a day of weaving your genes into a handwoven cloth to hang proudly by your family portraits. Dot One treats your genetic code like a family tartan, by using the four building blocks of your DNA as colour ways, you’ll create a piece of woven cloth to represent your unique code. Without needing to take an actual DNA test we will be predicting part of your genetic code based on your physical and behavioural traits. Focusing on 20 different genetic traits, each person’s cloth will look as unique as they do!
This is a wonderful workshop to do with children and family members to compare and contrast – a lot of “remember that time Mum made that coriander pie, gross!”, “Oh actually sis, I really liked it!” That kind of thing.
Iona is a designer with the internal organs (and genetic code) of a science geek; spending the last 3 years working in the world of genetics and building her startup, Dot One.
Listed as one of the most influential Londoners in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 Science and Technology sector, she’s passionate about using design to educate people about their most personal data…their DNA.
This workshop is two hours long, you will take home your genetic chart, a yarn reference guide (so you can read your cloth code), a Dot One booklet explaining your results and your unique handwoven cloth.
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We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, The London Loom
The London Loom is a weaving studio in Hackney in East London, created by Francesca Kletz in 2016. The London Loom was founded to build a community of people who love making things with their hands and appreciate how good it is for you.
At The London Loom we want to encourage people to indulge in creating for pure satisfaction and fun. We hold community workshops and smaller classes in our studio where we welcome adults and children to work alongside each other; we believe that creativity and inspiration can come from anywhere, it’s not limited to age or background.
Francesca has been teaching weaving and other textile crafts since 2015 and has taught weaving workshops for Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, Scouts, Hackney Arc and the Royal Society of Sculptors and has appeared in (amongst others) Mollie Makes, Stylist, PomPom Quarterly, Time Out (on the front cover!) The Telegraph and is the author of Weave This (Hardie Grant 2018). The London Loom was also named Mollie Makes Best Craft Workshops of 2019.
Ultimately we want to share the good that we feel from learning new skills and making beautiful, tactile things. We teach and host a range of ‘alternative craft’ classes as well as our beginners weaving workshops, as long as there’s something to make, new people to meet and obnoxiously loud laughter to be had, we’re happy.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.