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2018 Swatch Analysis Ramps Up

Swatch sample for analysis

Need inspiration for your next project?

Drop by the study group and help us identify samples. See a swatch you really love, a different use of a familiar structure, or a beautiful use of a not-so-favorite color. All levels of weavers are welcome.

How Did They Do That?

In October, we used pencil and paper and Peggy Osterkamp’s method to learn the process of fabric analysis. January 2017, we will continue the process with easy samples to confirm our understanding. There will also be more samples for weave structure ideas, color use and maybe a little drool, er, dreaming.

All materials provided and all are welcome.

swatch for analysis
more swatches for analysis

MAFA Conference 2017 - June Update

Conference Update

See the latest information about the campus, the workshops, the other conference events, and our vendors on our website at: http://www.mafa-conference-2017.org

Open to the Public

The Marketplace with 31 fiber-related vendors, the Fashion Showcase and Sample Books exhibits, as well as special daytime activities will be open:

Thursday, July 20, 1 – 7 p.m.
Friday, July 21, 12 noon – 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Special activities in the Marketplace will include:

  • Daytime demonstrations by Bobbin Boy and some of our vendors
  • Knit-In – Friday, July 21, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Spin-In – Saturday, July 22, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Book signings – Friday, July 21, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Spinning Games – Friday, July 21, 7 – 8 p.m.

Additional open activities

  • “Sheep and Wool in Story and Song,” by Martha Owen and Melissa Weaver Dunning – Saturday, July 22, 5 – 6 p.m., in the Reighard Multipurpose Room
  • Open Studio Tour, Saturday, July 22, 7 – 9 p.m.

Special offer for guild members visiting for the day — Stay overnight!

MAFA has arranged for Friday and/or Saturday night accommodations for any guild member who wishes to join in the conference activities without taking a class. Come visit the Marketplace, watch the great demonstrations, volunteer for an hour or two. Then have dinner with your guildmates in the Dining Hall and attend Friday evening’s Shop Til You Drop activities or Saturday night’s Open Studio Tour.

Cost? $55 per night. All-you-can-eat meals may be purchased in the dining hall: Breakfast at $4.75, Lunch at $9.25 or Dinner at $13.

Register through our registration program on our website here: http://www.mafa-conference-2017.org/workshop-registration/

Daytime Volunteers Needed

And if you are not attending a class, but can volunteer to help us out in the Marketplace or Fashion Showcase, especially during class times, please contact Elizabeth Ator, at volunteercoordinator@mafafiber.org . She will find you something fun to do!

Fashion Show

The deadline has been extended to May 15!
More info at http://www.mafa-conference-2017.org/call-entries-spotlight-fashion/

Sample Exchange

June 1 – Deadline to apply to participate in Sample Exchange.
More info at: http://www.mafa-conference-2017.org/mafa-brings-back-sample-exchange

Sample books from previous conferences will be on exhibit at the conference. We will be looking for help to scan the contents of these books so we can post the contents on our website and make them more useful to our members. Think about it and email president@mafafiber.org if you might be interested.

Goodies

Thanks to all of you who brought goodies to the MD Sheep & Wool Festival! If you weren’t able to deliver your guild’s goodies, you can mail them anytime after mid-June to:

MAFA GOODY BAG ITEMS

c/o Donna Mentzer, Conference Coordinator
1989 Stone Mill Road
Lancaster, PA 17603

Check the website over the coming weeks for updates on:

  • Demonstration schedules
  • Day tripper activities
  • Updates on times and locations for Conference activities
  • Classroom needs
  • Volunteer needs
  • Classroom assignments

–Donna Mentzer, MAFA 2017 Conference Coordinator

Weaving Conference at Columbia U April 5 to 8: Workshops + Discussions

Here is Columbia U's summary of its upcoming conference:

Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture
April 5 - April 8

Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York

****Free and open to the public. REGISTRATION REQUIRED – REGISTER HERE.****

The conference, demonstration, and workshop, Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture, to be held April 5-8, 2017 at Columbia University, will raise questions about the economic, social, and cultural significance of weaving, but also broader issues about craft as cognition, cognitive change over time, innovation in craft and the role of “traditional” crafts in the modern era. It will consider the preservation of craft practices and their cultures, as well as issues concerning individual autonomy, sustainability, and dignity in craft-making. The program brings together scholars from history, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and cognitive sciences, experts in textile and craft, textile entrepreneurs, artisans, and artists. Free and open to the public, the program consists of two parts: a 2-day workshop in which expert weavers demonstrate weaving techniques with opportunities to learn at the looms; and a 2-day interdisciplinary conference, including lectures and discussion by speakers from the academic, art and commercial realm.

Space is very limited for the workshops.

Here is the link: http://scienceandsociety.columbia.edu/files/2017/01/3.10.17-Program_Weav...

Jonathan Miller shares his New Mexico Weaving Experience

This is Carlos Trujillo’s weaving shop in Chimayo, New Mexico, in September, 2016. Mr. Trujillo is an 8th generation weaver, one of a number of weavers in Chimayo who are keeping this Spanish Colonial technique and tradition alive. That big loom you see in the beginning was made by his grandfather as a first year anniversary present to his grandmother. Check out Chimayo Weaving: the Transformation of a Tradition by Lucero and Baizerman for a fascinating history and analysis.

Juliet Martin, Saori Weaving and Satire

Juliet Martin modeling fiber art dress

The New York Guild of Handweavers welcomes Juliet Martin for the February 25, 2017 meeting

Artist Statement: You can’t take this seriously.

Juliet Martin makes her viewers see the message beyond the joke. She illustrates personal stories with satirical forms, painful punchlines, and caustic visual one-liners. She is not always funny, but she is always sincere. She courts the viewer with humor, laughing till it hurts. By creating perilously funny images, she shows you emotive depth. She wants you to laugh at what you see and then cry a little.

Why fiber? Weaving fabric physically and mentally attaches her to her canvas. her process is surprisingly improvised. Decisions are made as the shuttle moves across the threads. When stuck between projects -- fiber purgatory -- she weaves bolts and bolts of fabric, a form of calisthenics getting ready for the big game. Making her own materials strengthens and personalizes her relationship to her projects.

In her work, she applies the Japanese philosophy of SAORI. With its Zen mindset, SAORI encourages freeform work—no patterns, no rules, no mistakes. Every sculpture is an improvisation in awkward beauty: clumpy fabric, fighting colors, rough and smooth textures, ragged edges. By approaching weaving as both craft and fine art, she shows that questioning the intention can bring you solutions that are unique to the medium.

Juliet has a BA in Visual Arts from Brown University, a MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts, and is a member of the Saori Leadership Committee based in Osaka, Japan. Juliet has been a part of the fiber community for 6 years having solo shows including the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, NJ; Creative Arts Workshop, CT; Garrison Art Center, NY; Artworks Gallery, NJ; and Saori Kaisak Gallery, Osaka, Japan

Juliet Martin, Big Voice Split
Juliet Martin, My Eyes Are Down Here
Juliet Martin, Shoe Closet: Red-Gray

Betty Vera's Inspiring Presentation

The NYGH October 2016 presentation "Weaving with Color that Moves" was INSPIRING! Above photo by Gail Gondek pictures is a slide showing cartoons for painting warps.

Betty Vera presented strategies for a variety of ways to work with moving color in both warp and weft. She showed woven examples to discuss such options as warp painting, ikat, and variegated yarns, which all offer opportunities to take advantage of color variations, both planned and serendipitous, in weaving.

Betty grew up in the Midwest, studied art, drawing, painting, fiber arts, sculpture, digital weaving technology, and jacquard weaving at a number of different institutions, and holds degrees from The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (BFA) and Montclair State University (MFA). Her work can be found in both corporate and private collections, has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums, and has been featured in various books and magazines. Betty has taught extensively at a large number of institutions and organizations, and is the recipient of a number of grants and other honors. She currently lives, and maintains a studio, in the northern Berkshires, MA.

You can see more samples on her website: BettyVera.com

and example of her work found on the Textile Study Center Of New York Website:

Artist: Betty Vera
Title: "Aura"
Size: 33"H x 46"W
Materials: Cotton
Technique: Jacquard tapestry

Photo Credit: D. James Dee

"Aura" by Betty Vera, photo: D. James Dee

Small Expressions exhibit

Small Expressions is an annual, international, juried exhibit featuring high quality, contemporary small-scale works. Small Expressions is sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., to showcase small scale works created using fiber techniques in any media, not to exceed 15 inches (38 cm) in any direction including mounting, framing, or display devices.

NYGH member Stephanie L. Chambers' doubleweave pickup 'Tanooki in Gray and Black' has been selected to be part of the exhibit. The exhibit will be held at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin July 23-Aug 14, 2016.

http://mam.org/exhibitions/details/Small-Expressions.php

The Marketplace at Convergence 2016

24 shaft computer assist Toika loom

24-shaft computer assist Toika loom.

The Marketplace

The Marketplace at Convergence 2016 has dozens of vendors and booths. Ever wondered what it would be like to use an AVL compu-dobby loom? Or a digital jacquard loom? How about trying out different spinning wheels to see which one is the best fit for you? If you don't know how to spin, don't worry... Constance at Schacht Spindle Company was nice enough to give me a crash course on spinning. I tried out the LadyBug wheel and with a little practice I started to get the hang of it!

Many of the vendors offer discounts to Convergence attendees. WEBS based out of Massachusetts will give you a 20% discount on $60 or more. Toika has free shipping on some of their looms. For someone who doesn't have a local weaving supply store nearby Convergence is great because you get to feel all the yarn and fibers and test out the equipment before you buy! I bought three cones of yarn and a brass reed hook from WEBS but alas that beautiful 24 shaft computer assist Toika stayed!

Photos below: (top) Loominarias/Iridescent Fibers pre-measured warp. (middle) Take a weaving break at one of the many looms in the marketplace. (bottom) Purrington shuttle with ruler on the side! Purrington Looms also does custom shuttle engravings!

Loominarias/Iridescent Fibers pre-measured warp
Floor loom
Purrington shuttle

Welcome to Milwaukee! Convergence 2016!

Image of Welcome to Milwaukee HGA Convergence 2016 banner

Hi from Milwaukee! We have 3 weavers, Stephanie, Carie, and Carol from the New York Guild of Handweavers who made the trip to Milwaukee to attend HGA Convergence 2016!

Convergence brings together people from all aspects of fiberarts including weaving, spinning, dyeing, and basket weaving! This year it is being held at the spacious convention center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The outside the convention center is surrounded by art sculptures and trees that have been "yarn bombed"! When you enter the convention center and look up you can see beautiful "yardage" woven by weavers hanging from the second floor railings.

At Convergence there is an amazing array of classes and workshops offered by masters in the field, several exhibits (both juried and non-juried), and a huge marketplace where attendees can not only shop to their heart's content but also try out looms, spinning wheels, and other equipment from AVL, Schacht, Toika and more! I tried out a 24 shaft computer assist loom from Toika, and it was quite the experience!

Convergence 2016 ends on August 6th (day passes are available). Other exhibits by the Handweavers Guild of America such as Small Expressions at the Milwaukee Art Museum will run until August 14th.

Photos: (top) Yardage at Convergence 2016, (middle) Yarn art for Alzheimer's awareness outside the convention center. (bottom) Convention center hanging sculpture.

Yardage at Convergence 2016
Yarn art
Convention center hanging sculpture

Oct. 2016 Fall Fiber Festival

Attend the Fall Fiber Weekend being hosted by the Third Star Fibre Artist Guild the weekend of October 22-23 in Woodstown, NJ. Attached is a brochure about the weekend. Please share the brochure with your guild members.

We will have two 2-day workshops.

  • One is "Weave a Twill Gamp with Color-and-Weave Effects" taught by Karen Donde.
  • The other workshop we are calling "Spinning 3-in-1" taught by Beth Smith. Participants with actually participate in 3 spinning classes over the two days including: "Who's the Fairest of them all: the Princess Sheep Study," "Woolen vs. Worsted Cage Match," and "Going Steady." Full descriptions of all the workshops are in the brochure.

Besides the workshops, we will be having an anniversary dinner and open house on Saturday evening. There is an additional cost for the dinner and during the open house, participants can make a marbleized silk scarf for $35. Guild members will also be displaying items they have made.

This weekend event is funded in part through a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association. http://mafafiber.org/

For those who would like to attend and are interested in staying overnight in the area, here are a few hotels relatively close to Woodstown.

HOTELS within 20 minutes from the Ware Agriculture Building

  • Hampton Inn - 856-351-1700
  • Holiday Inn Express - 856-351-9222
  • Comfort Inn - 856-299-8282
  • Super 8 - 856-299-2992

The Fall Fiber Weekend brochure can be downloaded here.

Fiber fest brochure 1
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