Vision Statement: “A community that supports, promotes, educates and inspires Fibre Arts.”

“To foster and promote the development of fine craft in the Province of Alberta for both amateur and professional craftspeople.”

(left: “Leaf Fall Boots” by Margaret Hall, shown at the Juried Show for the HWSDA 2016 Conference). First in Felting Apparel.

HWSDA voted September 22, 2019 to dissolve. Assets to become part of the Alberta Craft Council. An HWSDA endowment for fibre artists will be managed through the Alberta Craft Council. This web site will disappear the end of May so if you want copies of the newsletters or the library books list you need to print them out before then.

On the Strategic Planning page, you will find the minutes from the Special General Meeting that took place on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

We had a good representation of the membership via proxy and attendance, with 16 people present and 29 proxies.  After the ballots were counted, the vote was overwhelmingly in favour of the HWSDA becoming a part of the Alberta Craft Council with 35 votes being in favour of this option, 4 votes being in favour of Reinvention with a volunteer employee and 1 vote being in favour of Reinvention with a paid employee.

The next step in this process will be Judy Sysak and Lynne Cowe Falls meeting with the Alberta Craft Council to negotiate the next steps in on behalf of the HWSDA.  Please refer to the minutes for a detailed view of moving forward.

A big thank you to Lyn Pflueger and Lois Larson have agreed to keep the memo and the website live so that we can keep the membership informed of what is happening in the ongoing process.

And finally, a huge thank you to everyone who, over the past 18 months,  participated in the research, answered questionnaires, attended workshops, sat on working committees, and/or attended the AGM or SGM in person or by proxy.   It was a group effort to get to this decision, and we as the executive are very grateful to the membership for your patience and participation in the process.


Judy Sysak, President
Lynne Cowe Falls, Vice President
Norma Westcott, Treasurer
Katherine Rankin, Secretary
Lois Larson, Past President