CALL FOR ENTRY – HGA’s Small Expressions Exhibit

2 More Days to Enter HGA’s Small Expressions Exhibit
HGA’s Annual Exhibit of Small Scale Works Exhibit: May 26 - July 29, 2017, to be held at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas, USA.

HGA’s Annual Exhibit of Small Scale Works
Exhibit: May 26 – July 29, 2017, to be held at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas, USA.

Deadline: February 10, 2017

Small Expressions is an annual, international, juried exhibit sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) to showcase contemporary 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. Juried by Mary Ruth Smith, a Professor at Art at Baylor University, the exhibit will be heldMay 26 – July 29, 2017 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas, USA.

Entry fees are $32 for HGA Members (Join Now) and $47 for Non-Members. Students attending an accredited educational institution may enter with no fee.

For more information visit our website or email Linda Campbell, HGA Exhibit and Editorial Assistant.

February 17th Program – Teresa Sullivan, bead weaver

Olympia bead weaver, Teresa Sullivan, is the Olympia Weavers Guild featured speaker February 17th. She will discuss the status of craft within the art world and share her artwork and it’s influences with a Trunk Show.

Teresa Sullivan creates intricate and monumental sculptural jewelry from humble materials using the ancient technique of bead weaving, revealing her love of the surreal and the irreverent.  The stories she tells in her beaded tapestries, jewelry and sculpture are about the power of people discovering their abilities; from super heroines of comics and science fiction to the real mentors of her life. The tiny beads are transformed from something delicate to bold dense, self supporting artworks. — Teresa Sullivan

For more on Teresa Sullivan’s work see:

November Program

Have you ever learned something new and then got to travel and continue your education? What fun that would be. Janis Johnson our speaker got that opportunity. Janis’s life-long hobby has been learning how to make things. She started weaving on a rigid heddle loom in 2001, learning from books. Janis didn’t start weaving on a floor loom until 2010 during her second term as president of the Portland Handweavers Guild, when she thought it would be a good idea to understand what people were talking about. Little did she know that it would become an obsession, with learning opportunities for a lifetime.

Because Janis had taken a guild workshop on weaving velvet with Barbara Setsu Pickett, she received email about an opening in Barbara’s program through the University of Oregon to weave on manual Jacquard looms at the Lisio Foundation for Silk Arts in Florence, Italy. Janis had first learned about Jacquard looms in an early computer science class and found them fascinating, so she jumped at the chance.

Please join us in the afternoon November 18th to hear about Janis’s adventure.

Felting Study Group

Our fall felting will be checking out Jean’s new felting “toys”. Four of us at a time can make (unfinished size 2ft x 2ft) squares of felt fabric in the felting machine in minutes vs all day. You can make as many squares with about 4 layers of fiber as you like. Plus we will see some of her other industrial tools (e.g the 24 inch carding machine and the cord maker). If you would like to do flat wet felting and not need to do the shuffle and jive please join us.

Date & Time: December 7th – 9:30 am
Contact Gail Trotter for location and other details.

Bring lunch and prepared fiber and optional yarn to craft as many felt squares as you like. Contact Gail Trotter if you need more information.

Also let Gail know if you are interested in making the felt rocks for the ANWG guild booth floor. The booth team is interested in using the “stones” and “rocks” and they gave us sizes and amounts. We will “rock around the clock” after the new year.