Textiles and Tea Today with HGA!!

This is in sync with OWG’s speaker at our meeting this past Friday!!!

Maria SigmaApril 25, 2023  |  Maria Sigmagenerously sponsored by Jacksonville Weavers Guild, Inc. in Memory of Barbara Wroten and Sandy StranahanMaria Sigma is an award-winning textile designer and weaver specializing in zero-waste, ethical hand-woven textiles for interiors. She studied at the Chelsea College of Art & Design and, after graduating in 2014, developed her own weaving practice in London. She is the author of Weaving: The Art of Sustainable Textile Creation and teaches a “Weaving from Waste” workshop. Maria has collaborated with interior designers, architects, fashion designers, furniture makers, magazines, and galleries such as Susie Atkinson Interior Design Studio, MAKE Hauser & Wirth Somerset Gallery, and Hole & Corner Magazine. Inspired by her Greek heritage, love for math, and craftsmanship, Maria makes vibrant but minimal, contemporary textiles. She strives to decrease yarn waste and unnecessary cuts, carbon footprints, and the use of machinery, water, and electricity. By adhering to a ‘zero waste’ philosophy, she aspires to make hand-weaving an even more sustainable craft. 
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2023 Handwoven Towel Exchange

Registration Open! Check out these links for all the information on this fun event!

The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) invites you to participate in our 2023 Handwoven Kitchen Towel Exchange!

This age-old tradition of weaving and exchanging towels with fellow weavers is a wonderful way to learn more about color, pattern, and construction. Let’s share our love of weaving and our love of sharing. 

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OWG Monthly Movie Night

The first Friday of each month at 6:30 PM will be a time to watch online videos, with a fiber focus, as a group and participate in a discussion of the topics afterward. Check the newsletter for the next topic date and Zoom information. Invite your friends to join us. Want a special fiber artist or technique to view? Contact Gail, getrotter@comcast.net.

Gail Trotter

Textiles & Tea

April 18, 2023  |  Brenda Osborn

Brenda Osborn has been weaving for more than 45 years since she took a college semester class in 1976. In the late 1990s, she turned her attention to tapestry weaving, and shortly afterward she joined the Wednesday Group, whose members were devoted tapestry weavers, led by Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei. Brenda collaborated with Archie Brennan over the course of more than a decade to document his life and work in a book that was released in 2022 by Schiffer Publishing. In the 1990s Brenda began to make kumihimo on both the marudai and takadai, under the tutelage of Rodrick Owen. Her current tapestry work combines traditional Gobelins tapestry techniques with kumihimo. Brenda has participated in numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and in northern Europe and has received numerous awards. Brenda has taught weaving and given programs to guilds in the New York/New Jersey area and southern New England, and she has taught ongoing classes at local fine craft schools in Connecticut.  She has maintained a blog about fiber arts for more than a decade.


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Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) exhibition Ikat: A World of Compelling Cloth

Seattle Weavers’ Guild member Marilyn Romatka has been invited to present her Program on the production of Uzbek ikat cloth at the Seattle Arts Museum in conjunction with their current exhibition Ikat: A World of Compelling Cloth. This will be  similar to the Program Marilyn has given in the past to the Olympia Weavers Guild, but new-and-improved to speak to the general non-weaving public, about the amazing process of getting this  exceptional cloth from plain white threads.

Members are encouraged to invite even non-weaving friends and family to the talk, and to enjoy the exhibition that same day. It is truly something to see!

This presentation will be free of charge in order to educate as many museum visitors as possible and will be first come, first served seating.

From the SAM Calendar:

          Explore more of SAM’s Ikat: A World of Compelling Cloth and travel to Central Asia in this multi-media presentation.   Travel back to Uzbekistan with Marilyn Romatka to watch the process of  ikat production from silk worm to final garment. Learn how each thread manipulated, dyed, and woven into exquisite cloth – truly hand-crafted. 

Marilyn Romatka’s focus is living folk art crafts. She teaches a wide variety of topics, from painting techniques to weaving, the common thread being the techniques are all deep-rooted in cultures from around the world.

·         Event Date: Sunday, 4/30

·         Time: 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

·         Location: Plestcheeff Auditorium (south hall)

·         Cost: Free to the public.

·         Seating is first come, first served. If you require additional ADA accommodations, please contact our customer service team at CustomerService@SeattleArtMuseum.org or 206-654-3210.  Please submit requests with as much advanced notice as possible.

HGA’s Small Expressions 2022 Touring Exhibit

If you are traveling to or thru Los Angeles, CA  between April 22 and June 3, 2023, be sure to plan to see HGA’s Small Expressions 2022 Touring Exhibit whose final stop will be at Studio 203 in Los Angeles, California.

Small Expressions is an annual juried exhibition showcasing contemporary small-scale works (not to exceed 15 inches in any direction) using fiber techniques in any media. Small in scale but visually compelling, HGA’s Small Expressions exhibit features work that speaks to the intricacy of expression, intimacy of design, thoughtful communication, and visual excitement. The artists in this exhibit create a big impact through small pieces.

 Exhibition hours: Open by appointment only. Admission to Small Expressions is free. Studio 203 is located at 3440 Motor Ave., Suite 203 in Los Angeles, California. For parking and directions visit their website, TheStudio203.org, or call (310) 845-6378.

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2023 Filaments Traveling Show

The Weaving Guilds of Oregon have announced their 2023 Filaments Traveling Show. Click here  to see pictures of the entries, as well as the schedule of dates, times and cities this show will be stopping in. This looks like a worthy road trip for sure!!! How can you go wrong with like minded people and beautiful woven pieces. What a great idea!!!