Weaving Lectures - Wednesday Afternoons

The meeting afternoon program features a guest speaker from the weaving world. The guest's presentation, which starts right after a brief guild business meeting, runs from approximately 1:00PM to 3:00PM.

Speakers Calendar

Sep 13, 2017 Fifty-six and a Half Years, But Who’s Counting
Bonnie Tarses
Oct 11, 2017 SAORI Weaving
Mihoko Wakabayashi
Nov 8, 2017 Weaving Together: Joining Our Hands
Stephanie Morton
Feb 14, 2018 Work on Those Unfinished Projects!

Mar 14, 2018 How I Went From the Fashion Institute of Technology to School in Sweden to Hawaii
Faith Milnes
Apr 11, 2018 What is Your Favorite Color?
Gretchen Romey-Tanzer
May 9, 2018 Annual Meeting

September 13, 2017

Fifty-six and a Half Years, But Who’s Counting
Bonnie Tarses

This lecture will chronicle the weaving journey of Bonnie Tarses. Bonnie says: “When I began my weaving journey in 1960, I was drawn to the color symbolism in all ethnic textiles. In search of a set of personal symbols, I developed techniques that have become my trademarks – Color Horoscope Weaving, Woven words, and Turned Weft Ikat.”

Bonnie says her main goals in teaching are to enable fellow weavers to develop a more spontaneous approach to designing, to overcome a fear of color, to awaken creativity, and most of all, to strengthen the continuous thread that connects all weavers.

Curran

October 11, 2017

SAORI Weaving
Mihoko Wakabayashi

SAORI weaving, known as freestyle weaving in Japan, currently has spread widely throughout the world. Mihoko will speak about its history and philosophy. She will also talk about her own story and how she teaches at her studio in Worcester which is the first registered SAORI studio in the United States. She will show many pictures through a power point presentation and display samples of SAORI work.

Puryear

 

November 8, 2017

Weaving Together: Joining Our Hands
Stephanie Morton

One of the great joys of weaving is working together. From the shared weaving rooms in Scandinavia to the backstrap weavers encircling a tree in Central and South America, people share technical and moral support that enlivens their art and lives.

Stephanie Morton began weaving tandem with apprentices and friends on her 11 foot wide Glimakra in 2011, and thought this was what was meant by “weaving together”. In retrospect, it is the thread of collaboration in many forms that broadens her appreciation of what it means to create with others. Stephanie will speak about tandem weaving on wide looms, the Community Loom Project, the Connecticut River Blanket collaboration, weaving for fiber farmers and decorators, and contract weaving with her apprentices and brother.

woven basket

February 14, 2018

Work on Those Unfinished Projects!

Description: Because of the uncertain weather for February, this meeting will be informal. This is a great time to dust off any projects that have gone unfinished for a little too long. If you’re stuck somewhere and in need of advice or a bit of a helping hand, bring your project along.

So bring a sack lunch and one of those unfinished projects of yours and enjoy the camaraderie and get inspired while you work. We encourage those of you that need help finishing your project, as there is sure to be someone on hand to help you. At a future meeting, it would be great to share the results at the show and tell.

Also if you’re new to weaving and feel intimidated this is a great time to just watch other people in an informal setting. As usual, the library will be open. Leader: Mary Mandarino

 

March 8, 2018

How I Went From the Fashion Institute of Technology to School in Sweden to Hawaii
Faith Milnes

Through a lecture and power point presentation, Faith Milnes will explain how she came to make the rugs she is currently creating. Faith’s journey began in NYC as a textile designer, continued on to Sweden where she learned to make rag rugs and use Rya knots. Once back in the States, she realized that her rugs could be sold and she bought the loom that eventually made it to Hawaii. She continues to make rag rugs for friends and to sell. Faith has also exhibited widely in Hawaii and continues to teach Art classes at the college level.

woven basket

April 11, 2018

What is Your Favorite Color?
Gretchen Romey-Tanzer

A Using color can be both a pleasure and a struggle. Gretchen Romey-Tanzer says, ”My work is based on the interactions of colors in handwoven fabric. It is my mission to encourage weavers to use colors based on their own intuition. As visual artists we see and experience color as inspirational or sometimes intimidating. Color sensitivities are often based on cultural heritage and geographic location”. Gretchen’s talk will attempt to open up pathways of awareness into the weaver’s color palette. Textile samples and images will push the viewers to question his or her use of color in handwoven textiles. Gretchen challenges weavers to work with colors they don’t like as well as their usual palette.

Borden Bag

May 9, 2018

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting features Awards, the Guild Challenge, Fashion Show and a Pot Luck Lunch.

Guild Challenge - We will see how Guild members have met this years challenge .

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