Memo to Members

March 1, 2019

Who's Coming to Town - Denise Kovnat will be teachng in Alberta in May, and ther are a few places left in her workshops:

1. Crocus Country Fibre Arts Guild, Calgary “Paint Two, Beam One: Maximizing Color in Your Weaving",   May 20-22. This workshop has 5 spaces left. Our members are willing to billet anyone who would like to come so they can save on hotel costs     CONTACT: Robin Nixon    renixon@shaw.ca

2. Edmonton Weavers Guild “Once Upon a Warp” lecture and "One Warp, Many Structures: An Exploration of Extended Parallel Threading" workshop, Edmonton Weavers' Guild, Edmonton, Alberta, CA      May 24-26. Fee: $270 (students must supply their own warp and weft) Location:  Strathcona Community Hall, 10139 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB CONTACT: Kyla Fischer    classes@edmontonweavers.org   those interested can find more info at: https://www.edmontonweavers.org/classes-and-workshops/denise-kovnat/    

3. Sheep Creek Weavers “One Warp, Three Fabrics”    This workshop is designed to enable students to weave many samples, for different purposes, using very fine silk yarn     15-17 May, 2019. Location: Millarville Racetrack Hall, (south of Calgary)  Cost: $250     Kit Fee: $80 (all materials provided)   Level: Intermediate. CONTACT: Lyn Pflueger   pflueger@telus.net

4Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild, Calgary would like to invite you all to come a presentation by Denise Kovnat on May 9 at 7PM. Denise describes the talk: “Once Upon a Warp: My Process and Trunk Show” will be a one-hour lecture with Power Point presentation, exploring my weaving journey from concept to completion of a garment, followed by a fashion show. Every year for the past decade, I have set myself a challenge: Weave a garment (or two) that will be juried into the Convergence fashion show, part of the biannual conference of the Handweavers’ Guild of America. Since 2008, I have been able to meet the challenge – but there’s more to the story, with lots of ups and downs along the way! Anyone who weaves or creates fabric or designs garments will relate.” And there are a few spaces left in the workshop: "One Warp, Many Structures: An Exploration of Extended Parallel Threading    May 9-11. CONTACT: Lorel Dederer lorel541608@gmail.com   or go to www.heritageweaversandspinners.org/

Other Learning Opportunities

1. Immerse yourself in your art!    Series Summer Arts School is gearing up for another exciting July at RDC!  This arts program at Red Deer College offers weeklong courses for adults in a variety of mediums, from painting, to drawing, sculpture, mixed media, calligraphy, printmaking,  papermaking, beadmaking , jewelry and metals, ceramics, fibre arts, literary arts and more.  Experienced as well as amateur artists will find the perfect class for their ability level with something for everyone - from personal growth to professional development.  We even have 1 day workshops on July 20th – for those wanting a taste of Series Summer Arts School. CONTACT: Joyce Howdle,  Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, School of Continuing Education, Red Deer College,100 College Blvd. Box 5005,Red Deer AB T4N 5H5  403-342-3526   www.rdc.ab.ca.

2. Tin Roof Fibre Studio in Priddis, Alberta will soon be launching their Spring/Summer workshop offerings. There will be something for everyone with over 15 classes being offered including SAORI Weaving, Spinning, Felting & lots and lots of Dye Workshops. Please go to www.tinroofstudio.net and subscribe to the email list so you get first notice of when registration for these classes opens.

3. AN INVITATION TO Show off your Guild’s Skills in the Fleece to Shawl competition at this year’s Millarville Fair… Sheep Creek Weavers invite you to come to the Millarville Racetrack this August--Saturday 17th --for the 2019 Fleece to Shawl competition.   The event is always such a crowd pleaser, and we are making a few changes this year in order to make it even more pleasing for the participants. The biggest change will be to have the winner decided by an impartial, expert judge who is familiar with all aspects of technique and colour/design.   Teams will be given a clear list of judging criteria, as well as detailed “rules of procedure” for both entrants and organisers.   The first prize remains $100. We will provide an effective location for the silent auction of the shawls; the difference from last year is that the bids will have no impact on the first place award. The focus will be to represent to the public the beauty of handspinning and handweaving. Please contact Janine Jones 403-931-2170 or j9.jones2@gmail.com Site 17, RR1, Box 7, Millarville Alberta T0L 1K0   or Lyn Pfluegerpflueger@telus.net

 

2. Interesting, Very Interesting...with thanks to Margaret Hall

Carlisle Castle 2018, ‘A Stitch in Time’ An 11th c castle built on an old Roman fort to protect the northern border of England. It has seen much conflict and now houses the memorabilia of many conflicts and wars, in Cumbria’s museum of military life. As part of the commemoration of the end of WW1 it housed an exhibition ‘A Stitch in Time’ showing artifacts linking military life and recuperation from shell shock to embroidery and textiles.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes from our WebMaster:

1. A listing of the HWSDA books that were donated to the Olds College Library are now on the website. Available in PDF format. Also available as an Excel spreadsheet by contacting the WebMaster.

2. Anita Mayer is going to be in Lethbridge! The Lethbridge Weavers are planning a workshop called One Warp Two Scarves where they will weave two panels of rya knots and two panels of tapestry techniques. Dates: Aprl 10 & 11, 2019.. Fee $225. Location: Casa Arts Centre, 230 8 Street S. For more information, contact Donna Mosemann.

3.  The Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild will be hosting a one-day “Creative Block Printing” workshop on Saturday, May 11th.  The workshop will be held at the Arts Station located at the corner of 1st Ave and 6th St in Fernie and will run from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  The instructor is Athena Knibbs of Kimberley, BC.  The cost is $60.00 per participant, and includes the instructor’s fees and travel, and all blocks for carving, inks and fabrics. The number of registrations is limited to 8 so if you are interested in attending, please send a cheque made out to Fernie Spinners and Weavers to Gayle Vallance, 4122 Cokato Road, Fernie, BC V0B 1M4. If you have any questions, please contact me. Gayle Vallance, President, Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild. 250-423-6473 vallance@telus.net


February, 2019

1. Fibre Potpourri

 

 

 

 

 

Western Canada Conference: Red Deer, Alberta…Hosted by the Calgary Guild of Needle & Fibre Arts    … a Stitching Retreat & Classes to be held at Red Deer College, May 31 - June 2, 2019.  Registration February 2019

http://fibre-potpourri.wixsite.com/2019/classes?fbclid=IwAR1n5LVn0Z0loKhZppKR8c1VOWZZG-0vF2z8BsngCcANOq3xwlgUUz1aWcY

2. Series at Red Deer College

Series Summer Arts School is offering a number of fibre arts classes this July at Red Deer College.

"The Magic of Silk Painting" - Bonny Macnab -  techniques from how to stretch, dye silk, mix colors, use resists and design on silk.  July 8-12

"Painting with Wool" - Rosemarie Peloquin -  Work with line drawing, value and colour plane exercises and then needle felt your drawing on reclaimed fabric. Learn concept to experiment with on still life, self-portraits and landscape.  July 15-19

"3D Needle Felting Basics" - Rosemarie Peloquin - Focus on getting to know the feel of the wool and what the needle can do, making shapes, practicing skills and adding colours and forms.   July 20

"Reduce Waste, One Cloth at a Time" - Lily Liu - Create a unique line of repurposed wearable art through learning multiple techniques that include dyeing, discharging, deconstructing, reconstructing, printing, stitching and embellishing. July 29 - Aug 2

For more information go to www.rdc.ab.ca/series

3. Northern Alberta (thank you to Mary Tylosky)

(i)  Peace Country Spinners and Weavers have invited Leola Witt-McNie to present a workshop at our fall conference entitled "What is your Intention " October 18,19 and 20 th at the Rose Prairie Curling Rink near Fort St John. This workshop is goal orientated and explores the plethora of ideas you have narrowing, editing and arriving at exactly what your intention is. As an Educator and Artist, Leola Witt-McNie, Owner of Leola's Studio in Whippletree Junction, has been weaving and knitting for more than 30 years.

(ii) The 1st Annual Peace Fibre Fest will be held on April 28th, 2019 at the George Dawson Inn in Dawson Creek!   www.peacefibrefest.com   A Fibre Fest is a gathering of awesome makers of goods related to our crafts, such as hand dyed yarn and fibre, artisanal crochet hooks, yarn bowls, project bags, stitch markers, looms, etc, all in one fun, easily accessible event. We'll be hosting local vendors, as well as vendors from across BC and Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.

4. ANWG Conference

The ANWG conference is coming, June 12-15, 2019 in Prince George, BC. Check out the conference website and their blog.

5. Southern Alberta

From Robin Nixon at Crocus Country Fibre Arts Guild: Our workshop with Denise Kovnat (May 20-22) will be her "Paint Two, Beam One: Maximizing Color in Your Weaving" workshop. This workshop can hold about 4-6 more, please get in touch with Robin if you are interested.

NOTE: REMEMBER THAT HWSDA HAS A GREAT GRANT POLICY:

A word from Norma, our Treasurer about Grants for Guilds: Each year the executive decides how much money will be available for grants to guilds. The deadline of February 28 is coming up. If your guild is planning a workshop in the coming year you may apply for assistance. For information go to:  http://www.hwsda.org/grants_for_guilds

Interesting Gallery Shows

1. Calgary Glenbow Museum

Their exhibition of the fashion work of Christian Dior   will be at the Glenbow from     Feb 3- June 2, 2019                                                                                   

The fabrics, as much as the clothing, should be well worth a visit… go to e-news@glenbow.org

 https://www.glenbow.org/exhibitions/dior/Tour Eiffel Evening Jacket, Christian Dior, Paris, Trompe L’Oeil, Spring-Summer 1949 © Royal Ontario Museum, Photograph by Laziz Yamani

 

2. Alberta Craft Council, Calgary

Current Exhibition: Portraits, January 26-April 27, 2019.

On its base level the portrait can convey the likeness of a person in physicality, personality, or even mood, but when the call was sent out nation-wide we knew that artists would dive even deeper. "Portraits" features the work of 35 Fine Craft artists from 

across Canada, emerging to established, who share stories of family, culture, place, being, and belonging through their work.

 

3. Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton

Family Fun Day, Saturday, February 16 from 10 am - 2 pm. Make your own happy pompon!

 

 

 


January, 2019

And a very happy New Year to all!

1. HWSDA Membership Matters

From Velma our Running Threads Editor: Happy New Year from the Running Threads team!  To help you on your resolution quest, just cut and paste the following on your list of to dos…

New Year’s resolution:  1) Write short article for Winter 2019 issue of Running Threads; 2) Submit article by January 15; 3) Bask in the glory that is accomplishing a New Year’s resolution.

Please note that Velma, who has done a fabulous job with the newsletter, is unable to continue in the position.   Unfortunately there will be no newsletter unless someone volunteers to take her place. There will be another request/reminder in the next newsletter in the editor message.  Velma says that the time commitment is not huge, “just intense for a couple of weeks 4 times a year”. 

From Judy Sysak, our president: The strategic workshop was a fascinating and comprehensive look at all facets of the HWSDA . (We are thrilled to tell you that we had an 83% response to the survey!!!! giving data which was truly representative of the whole guild.)  The session was conducted by Bespoke Consulting; there were 13 people attending from the executive, the Strategic Planning Committee, and area representatives.  A more detailed analysis of the results and recommendations will be provided to the Strategic Planning Committee by the beginning of February… at that point the Strategic Planning Committee will start the process of analysing all information coming from Bespoke.

From Norma Westcott, our treasurer: Olds College is seeking individuals to add to the Master Spinner and Master Weaver instructional rosters for casual/part-time instructional assignments on a contract basis. The assignments may vary from a few hours to several weeks of course instruction throughout the academic year. Opportunities may be available in classroom instruction, support, and evaluation in the Master Spinner and Master Weaver programs. A typical assignment includes instructing a 5 day workshop, (30 hours) and an allotment of marking hours after the class’s homework period.

Assignments may occur on campus and off campus across North America. Additional instructional assignments may be required for distance learning students and in evaluating the distance students’ homework assignments. The successful candidates will be team players with strong organizational abilities, effective communication and interpersonal skills, basic computer skills, active within the fibre arts community and a commitment to the curriculum established by Olds College. Applicants with proven advanced spinning and/or weaving skills, instructional experience, and involvement with the Fibre Arts industry will be considered for this position. For information and to apply: https://goo.gl/tG9ipc

2. Who's Coming to Town

Check out the information in the December 2018 memo.


 

December 2018

And a very Merry Chrismas to all!

1. HWSDA Membership Matters

From Velma at Running Threads: After the Christmas rush is over, why not give your fellow HWSDA buddies the gift of a story and/or pictures.  We all benefit when we all share. The deadline for submissions for the next newsletter is January 15. 

From Judy Sysak, our President: A big heartfelt thank you to all members and past members that responded to the online survey sent out mid-November.  We had a whopping 84 responses, which is just incredible!  The team at Bespoke Consulting is currently organizing the results as well as the results from the one on one interviews they held with 5 of our members. On December 12th, the HWSDA executive and team from the Strategic Planning Committee will be getting together for a day long meeting where the team from Bespoke will go over the results of their research with us and then help us draw up a strategy moving forward, that aligns with what the members indicated were their needs/wants from their provincial guild.  Thank you again to everyone who took the time to contribute!  

2. Who's Coming to Town

a) Gladys Paulus, Feltmaker, Feltmaker     http://www.gladyspaulus.co.uk/workshops/

16-18 or 17-19: July Sheep Creek Weavers (3 days)

22-26 July Series Summer School at Red Deer College (5 days)

29-30 or 30-31 July: Colour Play for Edmonton Weavers Guild (2 days)

 2-6 August: Animal Masks for Edmonton Weavers Guild (5 days)

b) Denise Kovnat   www.randomactsofcolor.com   https://www.denisekovnat.com/p/classes.html 

Coming to Sheep Creek Weavers on the  15, 16, 17 May, for “One Warp, Three Fabrics: Weaving with 60/2 Silk” 3 Day Workshop

And to Heritage Weavers around the same time - topic to be decided. YIou may even want to take both while she is in the area!!

c) Diana Twiss  100milewear.com 

We are talking to Diana about a 2-day spinning class hopefully 18-19 June.  Diana will be teaching at ANWG in Prince George June 11 - 16, and (hopefully) Olds College Fibre Week July 5 - 11th

3. You Might be Interested - Well Worth a Look

https://nickle.ucalgary.ca/

May I recommend a visit to the Nickle gallery at U of C…this is a beautiful, fascinating and intriguing show of work made from natural and “other” materials.  Her thought provoking work speaks about forces of transformation within nature. The show is on until the middle of December… entry is free, there is a fab coffee shop a few steps away, and a lovely gift shop!

 

 

 

These images are all from the Nickle Gallery wesite.

 

 

From Lyn: please think about contributing some news to the Memo as well as to Running Threads.


November 2018

1. Who's Coming to Town

 

Denise Kovnat will be coming to both the Sheep Creek Weavers and the Edmonton Weavers Guild in late-ish May. If your guild is interested in having this amazing teacher, weaver, and colourist come to your guild, please contact her directly...https//www.denisekovnat.com/p/classes.html.

...and don't forget Gladys Paulus. I have been in correspondence with Gladys Paulas at present it looks most likely she will be in Canada from mid-July for 3 weeks or thereabouts Please keep checking with her website, http://www,gladyspaulus,co,uk/workshops/ and the HWSDA website, and of course I will update the information in another memo. I have included her new workshop list as an attachment.  (See October memo.) Sheep Creek Weavers will certainlhy invite her to teach a 3-day workshop, and I am hopeful that she will be invited all over the proicne! (Incidentally her fee converts to $584 per day.)

Local Teachers - Liv Pedersen will be coming to the Sheep Creek Weavers this coming Thursday, we are looking forward to her workshop on weaving tapestry on a siple plank loom.

And, by the way, PLEASE know what is going on in your guilds so I an talk about all guilds!

2. Anni Albers

I mentioned last time that there is a big Anni Alberts show in London at the moment. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/anni-albers

 Albers does not differentiate between the designer, the craftsperson or the artist. She questions what makes textiles art; ‘a fabric can be great art if it retains directness of communication in its specific medium.’ She laments our loss of appreciation of the process involved in textiles, and the shift towards outcome, which diminishes the craft, ‘[the] potency of textile art has been lost during centuries of efforts to produce paintings.’ The best tapestries, she argues, are not the great paintings transferred onto cloth, such as Renaissance tapestries, but rather the simpler pictorial weaves of Ancient Peru that have a ‘vigor... often surpassing that of cultures that have other, additional methods of transmitting information.’ As writing took precedence elsewhere, Peru developed a culture where ‘threads were the earliest transmitters of meaning’

3. Catarina Riccabona

I w

as interested to read, in Selvedge magazine, an article about an amazing young weaver who has been much influenced and inspired by Anni's work. I think her work is gorgeous...very focused on structure, quality and simplicity.

Website: https://www.catarinariccabona.com

 

 

4. What's On

The Heritage Weavers and Spinners Annual Fall Sale! Our annual artisan sale for 2018 will be held on Friday, November 9 from 5-8 pm and Saturday, November 10 from 10 am to 4 pm. Our annual fall sale is an event featuring weaving, spinning and fibre art...all made locally by our members. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a unique fashion item ideal for Christmas birthdays, weddings or that special something for yourself. Come and join us for a fun day out. Demonstsrations are available throughout the day. Free admision. Please mark your calendars and join us. The sale is held at our studio at Artpoint in Inglewood: 1139 - 11th Street SE, Calgary AB  T2G 1J8. Go to Google, we are a bit tricky to get to!

 

 

 

 

 

 


October 2018

1. Retreat

So sorry that the retreat was cancelled, but there was not enough interest to run it.  Many thanks to the team in charge, Kathy Sosnowski and Cheryl Renwick, … and to Ruth Blazenko, Catherine Ross, and Margaret Hall who volunteered to share their knowledge and expertise.

2. HWSDA Matters

a) Strategic Planning Committee - We are excited to report that the committee has hired Bespoke Consulting to create a strategic plan for HWSDA. They will be distributing an online survey sometime in the next few weeks, and we REALLY NEED your participation … it is so very important that the results of the survey will have included as many voices as possible.

b) Running Threads - Don't forget, the deadline for submissions for the fall issue of Running Threads is OCTOBER 15.  Tell us what you've been doing over the summer, what you’re planning for the fall, something new you've learned, something old you’ve rediscovered.  Nobody expects Shakespeare, just write a few lines, include pictures if you have them and make Running Threads a great resource of information, inspiration and entertainment. 

Note from President Judy Sysak: Velma Hudson, our editor for Running Threads, is hanging up her editors pen after the January 2019 issue, so we are in need of a new editor for our very popular newsletter.  If anyone is interested in taking over this position, please get in touch with Judy Sysak for the job description & details of the position. A big heartfelt thank you to Velma for doing such a marvellous job for the past couple of years!

3. Who's Coming to Town

a) I have been in correspondence with Gladys Paulus, at present it looks most likely she will be in Canada from mid-July for 3 weeks or thereabouts. Please keep checking with her website, http://www.gladyspaulus.co.uk/workshops/ and the HWSDA website, and of course I will update the information in the October Memo.

I have included her new workshop list as an attachment. Sheep Creek Weavers will certainly invite her to teach a 3-day workshop, and I am hopeful that she will be invited all over the province!  (Incidentally her fee converts to $584 per day.)

b) Also,I have been talking to Denise Kovnat,  Random Acts of Color https://www.denisekovnat.com/p/classes.html who is able to teach during the month of May of next year -- or anytime from July on. Denise has said that she can do a two-week stay if we can work out a schedule with other guilds. Fees are $450 per day for workshops and $200 for a one-hour lecture. (And she is happy to stay with fellow weavers!)

4. You Might be Interested

  https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/anni-albers

In a few days the Tate Modern Museum in London will open an exhibition of the work of Anni Albers…. A long overdue recognition of Albers’s pivotal contribution to modern art and design, this is the first major exhibition of her work in the UK.

On the website they show how “Anni Albers combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art”, and they have the most beautiful images of her work.

Having grown up (in weaving) as a huge admirer of her work, it is so great to see it in all its glory, even if only on the computer.  I was fortunate to see a real show of her work at the Renwick gallery about 35 years ago, and will never forget how amazing it was technically, as well as showing an incredible creative imagination.


September 2018

1. Retreat - Note: The retreat has been cancelled due to low registration.

The HWSDA fall retreat at Terratima Lodge is coming up on Sept 28, 29 and 30. The lodge accommodates 20 people so get your registration in now for a fantastic, fun filled weekend of sharing and learning.

The cost breakdown is as follows:  Food - $136.50 - Friday supper, Saturday, 3 meals, 2 snacks, Sunday breakfast and lunchLodging -$109.00 for 2 nights.  NOTE: this may be adjusted higher if we don't fill the 20 spots.

Register by email to crenwick@telus.net and mail your cheque to: Cheryl Renwick, Box 1461, Turner Valley, AB  T0L 2A0  Cheques are to be made out to HWSDA in the amount of $245.50

The lodging is shared rooms so indicate if you have a preferred room buddy also let me know about dietary restrictions and mobility issues such as stairs.

Planned activities are as follows:
Ruth Blazenko- bow weaving
Margaret Hall -resist felting
Catherine Ross - peg weaving
Individuals can plan a community dye pot

"Whatever happens, happens"

“This is a great opportunity to enjoy a fall weekend in the foothills doing what we love to do with our community of fiber friends.”    Cheryl Renwick and Kathy Sosnowski

2. HWSDA Membership Matters

a) Membership Renewal: Check your records! If you have not renewed for 2018-2019 this will be the last Memo or Running Threads you will receive. Also, a new password will be assigned for the members only pages on our website. Do it now! Contact Lorel Dederer: lorel541608@gmail.com

b) New! A new, members only web page is now set up to display digital images of original samples created by our members! Check it out. Better yet, send a digital image of a sample you designed with information about how it was done to our webmaster: Lois Larson: loisl@ualberta.ca

(P.S. Don’t forget the other wonderful and informative pages on the HWSDA site.)

3. Running Threads

The summer edition of Running Threads has received many compliments!  Thanks! To everyone who submitted great articles and reports.  Please keep it up.  We all benefit from each other's stories. Anyone have a report on the Conference for those of us who couldn't attend? It would be great to hear about it and see some pictures. The next submission deadline is OCTOBER 15

4. Stragetic Plan

Please look on our website for the Request for Proposal Strategic Planning Consultant.  This was a result of the brainstorming session mentioned in the last Memo, and you will be kept informed as the process proceeds….

5. Who's in Town

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