NYGH Meetings

Overview | 2017-2018 Calendar | Newsletter Info

Most Guild meetings begin at noon with a social hour. Show and tell is at 12:30pm. The program begins at 1:00pm. For exceptions to this schedule see the listing below. For more, see About the Guild. The swatch analysis project meets MOST meeting at 10am, check meeting notices and our Facebook page.

The Guild, starting Sept. 2016 meets at: The School of Visual Arts

Room 602C, 133 West 21st St. (bet. 6th & 7th Ave)
New York, NY

Non-members are welcome for $8.00 per lecture.

2017 – 2018 Calendar

We have a wonderful lineup of lectures, workshops and events for the 2017–2018 season. Come join us!!

September 23, 2017 Tactile Art: Dimensional Weaving with Collapse Weave Techniques Denise Kovnat
October 28, 2017 Weaving with Light and Air:
Leno and Gauze Structures
Patrice George
December 2, 2017 Party  
January 27, 2018 Behind the Scene:
What Inspires and Sustains Us
Suzanne Tick
February 24, 2018 Textile Detective:
Antique American Textiles
Tom Knisely
March 24, 2018

Hands-On Workshop:
Plain Weave Isn't Plain Anymore

Plain Weave Swatch Exchange samples due.

Gail Gondek
April 28, 2018 Dimensional Double Cloth Anastasia Azure

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Newsletter Closing Dates

Members are invited to submit items of interest for consideration to be published in our newsletter, New York Threads. Items can be sent to editor@nyhandweavers.org. Below are the closing dates for next season’s newsletters.

Sept. 9, 2017 Newsletter closes For September issue
Oct. 14, 2017 Newsletter closes For October issue
Nov. 17, 2017 Newsletter closes For November/December issue
Jan. 12, 2018 Newsletter closes For January issue
Feb. 9, 2018 Newsletter closes For February issue
Mar. 16, 2018 Newsletter closes For March issue
Apr. 13, 2018 Newsletter closes For April issue

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Denise Kovnat — “Tactile Art: Dimensional Weaving with Collapse Weave Techniques”

Collapse Weave sampleDescription: Throughout the ages, weavers have used collapse-weave techniques to achieve texture and character in their fabrics. Today, technology gives us exotic yarns as another tool. This talk, accompanied by slides, offers an overview of how yarns, structure, and finishing can work alone or in combination to create three-dimensional fabrics.

Denise will be bringing many samples and asks for three volunteers (5'1" to 5'6", size 8–10) to model garments that were juried into Convergence Shows.

Denise KovnatA knitter since childhood, Denise Kovnat came to weaving in 1998 after a career in promotional editing and writing. After studying with Handwoven’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Joyce Robards and others for a number of years, she began teaching at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center in East Rochester, NY. She has taught at Convergence, at MAFA, and at regional conferences and guilds. Her garments have been juried into Convergence fashion shows every year since 2008.

Artists statement: Weaving and the related fiber arts challenge me always and give me calm, community, learning, purpose, and beauty. While I value technique and continually work to improve my skills, I value imagination even more. Ideas flourish best for me within the disciplines of collapse weave and painted warps in extended parallel threadings. My fabrics usually find their way into garments or scarves.



Saturday, October 28, 2018

Patrice George — “Weaving with Light and Air: Leno and Gauze Structures”

leno weaveLeno, woven fabric with widely spaced warp ends that do not slip, requires a modified heddle system that allows warps to “twist” around wefts. In this seminar, participants will learn how to make and design with leno doups that can be easily added to any type of loom to make lightweight fabrics for curtains, scarves, shawls, and lightweight garments.

How to combine leno with complimentary and alternative structures, and setups for looms with 4–24 harnesses, will be discussed.

Examples will be also presented of leno and gauze weaves in traditional fabrics from Japan, India, and South America, as well as industrially woven “super-doup” fabrics that use multiple harnesses to combine complex textures with open spaces.

Patrice GeorgePatrice George is an Associate Professor in Textile Development and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC.  Ms. George founded Patrice George Designs, in 1979, a textile studio in NYC specializing in design for dobby and jacquard woven textiles for the interior textile industry. She is a past consultant to handloom industry projects sponsored by UNIDO, CARE, and other NGO’s in Jamaica, Laos, and Mexico. Education: BA, University of Michigan, History of Art, 1970., MA, Fashion and Textile History: Museum Studies, Fashion Institute of Technology, 2015.


Saturday, December 2, 2017 Party

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Suzanne Tick — “Behind the Scene: What Inspires and Sustains Us”

Suzanne Tick, born in 1959, is the founder of Suzanne Tick Inc., specializing in materials brand strategy, product design, development, and direction for commercial interiors. Tick is currently partnering with Tarkett on Brand Strategy and Product Development, Creative Director for LUUM, and Design Consultant for Tandus Centiva. This year she will debut her third glass collection with Skyline Design, where she has been a design partner since 2008. Suzanne has maintained a distinguished career as a textile designer and studio Principal in New York City.

From early years, Tick spent summers in her fathers scrap metal recycling plant weighing and sorting metals, finding possibilities in the cast-offs of rural life.

At the University of Iowa Tick began as a printmaker etching fabrics into copper. She left as a weaver combining materials both hard and soft.

Tick’s life and work have always been a narration of balance. Her struggles with fear and safety, love and neglect, and honesty and paranoia have led her to create works that are both delicate and strong. Balancing art and commerce, Tick investigates thick and thin, luster and dull, and color and neutral. “Weaving holds everything together, materials and life, successes and failures”.

The balance in each of Tick’s weavings is an exploration of the technical and the organic. Industrial materials are juxtaposed against found materials. The quality of each piece is magnified by either the accumulation of material or the sparseness of material.

Tick holds a BFA from the University of Iowa and an AAS from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work is exhibited worldwide, including MoMA and Art Basel, as well as collected by private and corporate clients.





Saturday, February 24, 2018

Tom Knisely “Textile Detective: Antique American Textiles”

L B 1844 overshoot weavingL B 1844 overshoot weavingTom Knisely, the resident weaving and spinning instructor of Red Stone Glen, will talk about his collecting of antique American textiles and how they have been an inspiration in his work. Tom has been collecting antique textiles and tools for many years. He tries to be observant and look past the, “Oh isn’t that pretty” to “What does this piece have to tell me?” It’s rather like being Dr. Doolittle. He walks with the coverlets, talks to the coverlets and listens to what they have to say and tell him. Tom wants to show you what he sees and teach you how to be a textile detective. He will talk about fiber content, dyes, twist in the thread and show you how to analyze a weave structure. This lecture is going to be very hands-on, and you will have the opportunity to see and handle numerous antique coverlets, blankets, linens and other textile related items from his collection. You are encouraged to bring a piece or two from home that you might want to know more about and share with the group. Tom says, “Wonderful things come out of trunks for discussion.” It should be a lot of fun and somewhat like being on the Textile Roadshow.



Saturday, March 24, 2018

Lead by Gail Gondek — NYGH Hands-On Workshop: “Plain Weave Isn't Plain Anymore”

Plain weave word cloud graphicAll skill levels will find inspiration in this workshop. Come explore a variety of plain weave ideas for 2 to 8 shaft looms. We will have a selection of 10 looms prepared for you, you'll be sampling plain weave variations, among them,  spaced and crammed threading, plaids, color and weave techniques like Log Cabin.  You'll learn to wind a warp using space dyed yarns to create and weave False ikat, Using a pickup stick, you’ll sample Leno and learn Inlay, and with a knitting needle, make Rya loops.This is an opportunity to create and share ideas. Bring your imagination and color sense!  Samples created in this workshop will be collected for the Guild Library for a Plain Weave Sample Book.  

Can you help with setup for this program? Volunteers are needed to warp and thread a few looms. You can provide your own loom or thread a guild loom.  Rigid heddle or multiple harness looms are welcome. Warping and threading instructions will be provided well in advance of the workshop. Email for more information.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Anastasia Azure — “Dimensional Double Cloth”

Anastasia AzureThis presentation will highlight the sculptural possibilities of the double-cloth technique. Anastasia Azure weaves extensively with the double-cloth technique, transforming metals and plastics into dimensional weave forms and jewelry. Short videos will reveal her tips and tricks to working with fine wire and slippery fishing line on a loom. Weavers will leave inspired to create unusual shapes with unconventional materials.

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.

She teaches weaving workshops nationally and is frequently a visiting artist at guilds and universities. Institutions include Textile Center of Minnesota, Appalachian Center for Craft, Massachusetts College of Art, RISD Continuing Education, Fuller Craft Museum, Newport Art Museum and HGA Convergence. 

Anastasia's art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has won many awards, including three Niche Awards (2008–2010). Her sculptural bracelet, Egg Hunt, is featured on the cover of 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs published by Lark Books. She was featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Fiber Arts Now.

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