This short course is available to members with prior weaving experience. It is offered in tandem with 302: Designing for the TC2 Jacquard using Adobe Photoshop.  This practical workshop will provide members with an overview of how to use the loom, best practice and health and safety. There will be a discussion of the potential of the machine by looking at a small selection of Jacquard work executed on the TC2.

Specific topics covered will include; the anatomy of the machine and their functionality. A brief discussion concerning warping and knotting-on. The criteria of designing using Photoshop e.g. file size, file type, colour separation. Overview of using shuttles, bobbins and the electric bobbin winder all available in the Studio. An introduction to the Loom Controller software. Discussion of participant’s ideas for the TC2 and their viability.

Please note: This workshop will not cover how to use Photoshop to design for the loom. This is covered in 302: Designing for the TC2 Jacquard using Adobe Photoshop.  

Members, please be aware that attending a 201 does not give you open access to the Studio. To obtain unrestricted access to a Studio you must complete the 101 Safety Training for that Studio.

Members must wear closed-toe shoes and should not wear loose clothing, protective equipment is provided.

Cancellation policy: For a 100% refund, cancellations or changes must be made at least 48 hours in advance of event date. Contact Member Services to cancel your attendance. There is no refund for no shows.

Course Price: $50
No material fees required.


Facilitator: Helen Weston, MA (BA Hons) Manager, Creative Studios

Helen Weston is a British born artist, designer and educator. She has been producing sculptural objects, bespoke floor designs and teaching Constructed Textiles to undergraduate and post graduate students for nearly two decades. She has exhibited her sculptural pieces extensively in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Holland, Japan and now Canada. Her work has been included in various print publications, numerous catalogues as well as online magazines. She holds two MA’s in Arts Management specialising in Education, and Textiles respectively, and a BA (Hons) Industrial Textile Design specialising in Woven Fabric.

Helen has been with Launchpad since September 2018 initially as a Lead Technician for the Textiles & Fashion, Fine Metals and Jewellery Studios, during her time here she has overseen the formation of these spaces from empty rooms to active and vibrant Design and Fabrication spaces. Helen transitioned to managing all five Creative Studios in May 2019 and with her dedicated team helps to foster, encourage and advise Studio members on their creative journeys. Originally from farthest point in Southwest England, she relocated from London, England in 2015.