The following is a list of guild programs that were offered during the 2015-2016 guild year.
2015-2016 Meeting Program Schedule
Thursday, August 27, 2015, 7 pm
Welcome Back, Big Show and Tell!
Are you busy weaving, felting, or spinning making handcrafted holiday gifts?
Are you making beautiful new items for your home decor ?
Have you made something beautiful to wear?
Do you have some wonderful new pieces ready for the next Guild Sale or Gallery Show?
Have you traveled to other lands and collected handwoven items,or other types of fiber arts, made by the local artists?
Did you attend conference or take a class dedicated to weaving or acquiring new fiber arts skills?
Bring finished items you have made. Pack up some of your travel treasures
Choose some photos /brochures about or share items completed in the classes or conferences.
WE WANT TO SEE IT ALL ! We will have tables set up for each category of sharing and time for questions and answers after the big Show & Tell.
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:45 pm
Jacques Dufour: The French Connection
Jacques DuFour—owner of French Connections in Pittsboro, NC will share his experiences in weaving. He has managed a spinning and weaving operation in West Africa. He will share samples of the cloth and baskets from his personal collection as well a present a treasure trove of information about weaving and fabric dying in the small villages he visited. Finely structured, brightly patterned Kinte cloth, dramatic cloth made by mud-stain dying, amazing tufted mats woven from very fine strands of bark, and stunning colorful useful baskets are just a few of the varied weaving and fiber techniques created by these weavers . Their skills, creativity, and adaptations should evoke new insights and inspire our own work as we gain in our understanding of and connection to this ancient process we share with weavers throughout the world.
Weaver's Challenge Due: This September meeting is also the month to share your completed CHALLENGE items the criteria for which were drawn from the four bags --COLOR, FIBER, WEAVE STRUCTURE, and FINISHING --at last December's meeting.
If you are new to the Triangle Weavers, you will marvel at how the weavers adapt and create the most amazing items from those randomly selected directions and you can look forward to participating in the 2016 CHALLENGE. if you are long term member maybe you will be inspired to reach into those bags this coming year. It is a fun, purposeful way to stretch self-imposed boundaries , explore new processes, and maybe even find a new path in your craft by expanding what your Challenge challenged you to learn.
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:45 pm
Preparing for Showing and Selling your Work
Have you been hiding your weaving skills under a basket? Have you been seeking a way to sell your items but are unsure whether they are marketplace quality? Have you hoped to be included in a juried show or competition? This hands-on meeting offers you the chance to learn a bit more about the criteria often used for acceptance in juried shows, gallery sales venues, or competitions.
First a panel of our members will present examples of criteria used for evaluating items for inclusion. They will show items which have been accepted in such events, as well as discuss some of the factors, other than quality, which might determine inclusion or not. Then we will break into small groups for gentle, guided discussions of items brought in for evaluation.
Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:45 pm
Make and Take: Finishing With Flair
Pick one of the three activities to make a hands-on sample to take home. The 3 topics we will present are:
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6:45 pm
Weaving TnT: Dynamite Tips 'n Techniques for Every Weaver
Robyn Spady, Presenter
Would you like to learn a great method for repairing a broken warp end, tracking your treadling while you weave, making your own repair heddles, or just make weaving easier and more pleasurable? This “prop-riddled” seminar looks and feels like an interactive show-and-tell and will introduce over 36 offbeat tools, techniques, or tricks to assist weavers in all phases of weaving.
Robyn Spady is a nationally know speaker and teacher who will also be presenting a 2 day workshop called Block Party on March 4 and 5.
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:45 pm
Victoria Rovine, Presenter
Victoria Rovine, UNC Associate Professor of Art History, will present a program about how weaving and dyeing traditions are being maintained in many parts of Africa, and how they are being transformed by creative artists there. She will use examples from Mali, where she has conducted research since 1991, as well as other countries.
Professor Rovine specializes in African art with a focus on African textiles and dress practices, and on Africa’s presence in Western visual culture, particularly in early twentieth century Europe. She received her MA and PhD from Indiana University. Prof. Rovine has conducted research in Mali since the early 1990s, and has also worked in Senegal, South Africa, Ghana, and elsewhere in Africa. Her first book Bogolan: Shaping Culture Through Cloth in Contemporary Mali traces the many manifestations of a distinctively Malian textile in Bamako’s fine art, tourist art, and fashion markets. Her second book, African Fashion, Global Style: Histories, Innovations, and Ideas You Can Wear explores the innovations of African designers, the changing roles and meanings of historical dress styles in Africa, and the influences of African style on European fashion design, past and present.
Slate of nominees for office will be presented during the business meeting.
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 6:45 pm
Mounting and Hanging your Woven items in Your Home
Lynn Pownell, Presenter
A presentation and hands-on, small group discussions for assistance in planning and placing your items to their best advantage. Members may bring items they want to use as displays.
Lynn Pownell is a weaver born in Weesaw Township, Michigan and educated in Bridgman, Michigan and St. Paul, Minnesota. Much of Pownell’s weaving education took place at the Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota, one of the largest educational organizations of its kind in the country. Lynn uses recycled textiles, textile mill ends, and loom waste to create colorful and playful rugs, wall pieces, and fiber sculpture. Her design inspiration comes from her surroundings, everyday objects, and the stacks of fabric on her studio shelves. Lynn relocated to Glencoe Mill Village in Alamance County in 2005 and weaves from her studio located at Glencoe Studios in the village.
Elections for officers will be held.
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:45 pm
Spring Fling! End of Year Celebration
Come early (5 pm) for Yarn trunk Show hosted by Randy Felts
Sharon Schulze will speak to us about how the weaving venture she created for the residents at the L’Arch Farm has progressed since its inception last summer.
Beast in a Bag Show and Tell. Everyone who traded Beast in a Bags at the Spring Fling last May will return this May with their completed Beauties. They will share their projects at a big Show and Tell and return them to the person who gave them their Beasts in the first place.
Recognition of our many Outreach Events. Presentation of planned Summer 2016 Outreach activities and volunteer sign-up.
Lots of time for socializing before the summer begins!
More details will follow.