Teachers' Biographies

Anastasia Azure

Anastasia Azure combines ancient weaving, traditional metalsmithing and contemporary materials to create unique and distinctive sculpture and jewelry. Her work is hand-woven on a floor loom with metals and plastics. Her forms are inspired by the elegance of geometry and the complexity of science. First introduced to jewelry fabrication at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts, Anastasia continued training at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, graduating in 2001. While earning her BFA in 2005 from California College of the Arts, she discovered weaving’s immense importance to her life's work. She completed her MFA in Textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design. Presently she resides in Providence, Rhode Island, working as an interdisciplinary teaching artist, jewelry designer and sculptor.

Carol Birtwistle

Carol Birtwistle has been weaving and teaching for more than forty years in Ohio, Michigan, California, Massachusetts, Florida and Connecticut. Her study of fiber structure and color theory has taken her to the Cleveland Institute of Art, London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Currently, she is exploring the various ways in which computer design facilitates her 20 shaft weaving. Carol teaches classes and workshops that focus on the multiple ways in which weave structure, yarns, sett and color interact to form the finished product.

Sally Eyring

Sally Eyring has been weaving and building tools since childhood. She earned a BA in Mathematics Education from Arizona State University and a MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Her MFA graduate project described the immigration experience through woven sculptural headdresses, using a unique 3D weaving method that she invented. Her work has been featured in the Complex Weavers Journal, Handwoven, and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot. In addition to weaving, Sally both renovates and builds looms, and does glass casting.

Her work can be seen at: http://www.sallyeyring.com/

Jayne Flanagan

Jayne Flanagan has been spinning and weaving at least since 1973. Her weaving includes everything from backstrap to drawloom, with particular fondness for structure, interesting equipment, manuscripts, and “narrow wares”. She has taught spinning, weaving and knitting topics at the NorthEast Handspinners Association “Gathering”, NEWS, WGB, NHWG, VWG, Mainely Weavers, and the Southern Maine Guild. She is a member of Cross Country Weavers, several New England guilds, and is the current Study Group Coordinator for Complex Weavers. She served as HGA Maine Rep for over a decade and is a Past President of NEWS (2003).

Connie Gray

Connie Gray - Weaver of “things INKLE” - began weaving as a summer camper in NH, on a “lowly Inkle loom.” Finally, able to “graduate” to a “real loom”, she continues to enjoy a career of weaving and teaching, mostly on 4-shaft looms of all sizes. Moving to Hancock, NH in the 1980s allowed a “real studio space” where she has taught adults and children for over 40 years.

Beth Cederberg Guertin

Beth Cederberg Guertin has been a weaver for more than thirty-five years. She has been involved with teaching weaving for more than 30 years, first through her store in Arlington (The Batik and Weaving Supplier), and now through her studio in Waltham (A Place to Weave – Individualized Weaving Instruction). Her specialty is planning projects to use up small amounts of yarn.

Barbara Herbster

Barbara Herbster has been weaving, contributing to galleries, and teaching for nearly 40 years. Strong interest in color and simple form have been her trademark whether making tapestries, rugs, or producing wearables for sale. Weaving for Barbara is an endless creative exploration.

Christine Yampanis House

Christine House has always had a love affair with fiber. She began sewing and knitting in her teens because of family influences. Her first loom was an inkle loom constructed from directions found in Woman’s Day in the mid 1960s but did not really begin weaving until 1987 where she studied with Lucienne Coifman in New Haven, CT. She is currently a student at The Hill Institute in Florence, MA where she is having the time of her life.

Penny Lacroix

Penny Lacroix is a weaver, spinner, teacher, historian, manager, learner, creator and general lover of all things fiber. When she’s not actively learning something, she’s sharing with others in one way or another – developing museum exhibits, making something by hand, demonstrating at historic events, or maybe just catching up on Jeopardy or NCIS.

Faith Milnes

Faith Milnes began her weaving career at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied with Nell Znamerowski. After working as a textile designer in NYC, Faith traveled to Sweden where she learned to make rag rugs and use Rya knots at the Textile Institute in Boras, Sweden. Having had enough of winter, Faith moved to Hawaii, where she received her BFA and MFA at the University of Hawaii focusing on painting, printmaking and drawing. Faith now teaches a variety of art courses at various universities and community colleges in Hawaii as well as weaving and exhibiting her unique rag rugs.

Stephanie Morton

Stephanie Morton studied traditional and ethnic handweaving at Friends World College, where she lived and apprenticed to weaving families in Mexico, Denmark, Norway, India, and Nepal. She returned to weaving full-time in 2011, doing production weaving for New England farmers, teaching, and ultimately opened the School for American Handweaving, where she promotes the use of American-grown and processed fiber. She is a grateful member of the Connecticut Handweavers Guild.

Dena Gartenstein Moses

Dena has been weaving for thirty years and sells her line of glorious scarves, shawls and hats at highly juried craft shows and fine galleries around New England. She runs Vermont Weaving School and delights in training weavers to make fabulous cloth with joy and ease. More information about her school is at http:// www.vermontweavingschool.com.

Gretchen Romey-Tanzer

Gretchen Romey-Tanzer started weaving on a floor loom in 1973. She went on to earn a B.F.A. in Woven and Constructed Textile Design, from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.F.A. (in Fiberarts) from Indiana University. She also studied in Finland and Canada where her interest in woven and constructed textile design matured. Her works are in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as numerous private collections. Gretchen’s work has been acknowledged for its excellence from the American Craft Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Most recently, she received the award of Distinction in Decorative Fibers from the Society of Arts and Crafts, at the 2016 CraftBoston Holiday show. Locally her work is on display at the Tanzer Weaving Studio and Gallery in Brewster, MA.

Susan Targove

Susan Targove started weaving in 1998 as an escape from her office cubicle and eventually left the cubicle for a fiber studio. Completely unable to say no, she is a former Dean of the Weavers' Guild of Boston and currently serves on the boards for the Boston guild, the Nashoba Valley Weavers' Guild, and the New England Weavers' Seminar. She lives in Lunenburg with her engineer husband and two cats.

Bonnie Tarses

Bonnie Tarses, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, has been weaving since 1960. Inspired by ethnic textiles, color symbolism, and the non-verbal language of color woven as joyous prayer, Bonnie specializes in one-of-a-kind art cloth and private commissions. She operated her studio in Seattle from 1980 to 2010 before returning to Montana to continue her weaving journey. Bonnie’s work appears in homes and on bodies all over the world and she shares her love of weaving by presenting innovative workshops and lectures throughout the U.S. and Canada. To find out more and see images of her work, visit https://bonnie@bonnietarses.com and share Bonnie’s weaving spirit.

Mihoko Wakabayashi

Mihoko Wakabayashi was born and grew up in Yokohama, Japan and graduated from Doshisha University in Kyoto. After receiving her B.A. in Education, she learned weaving by working with young people who struggled in the Japanese school system. While living in Michigan, she studied traditional weaving with a four harness loom. When she returned to Japan, she fell in love with the SAORI style of weaving, became a certified SAORI teacher and a member of the SAORI Leaders’ Committee. Mihoko believes that SAORI Weaving is a great outlet for everyone to express themselves, not only as art therapy, but also as a way to identify them as artists. She is a teaching artist at VSA and has taught many people with physical or mental challenges. She has done many workshops and introduced weaving programs at institutions such as Goddard Elementary School, South High School, WPI, Holy Cross, Seven Hills Foundation, Assabet Alternatives School, and St. Francis House.

Deborah Watson

Deb Watson has been a Guild member for many years and is currently chair of the Ratings Committee. She received her Master Weaver rating in 2011.

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