Patterns: The Weavers' Connection
Monthly publication of New Orleans Weavers Guild

March, 2018 Volume 34, Issue 12


NOWG March meeting Gourd Weaving Workshop!!!

The meeting date was moved to March 24th due to the St. Patrick's day parade uptown.

If you would like to attend this workshop please RSVP to MIchelle Andre at MAndre@ballhort.com and AND Carolyn at danyesky@gmail.com by march 17th!! The meeting will be from 10:30 -3:30 at Jane Sullivan's house. Bring a bagged lunch!

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NOWG’S MISSION IS THE EDUCATION OF FIBER ENTHUSIASTS THROUGH WORKSHOPS, THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION AMONG MEMBERS AND THE EDUCATION OF OUR COMMUNITY IN HANDWEAVING AND SPINNING.


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Please join us for a show featuring artist using Weaving Techniques!

March 15th,  6-9 pm
Tigermen Den, 3113 Royal st

A group show including :
Lena Anna Kolb
Phoebe Vlassis
  Pasha Jovanovic
Vincente Weber

Music with Luke Brechtelsbauer (Harp) 

Photo: Top: Phoebe Vlasssis Bottom: Lena Kolb


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This months artist highlight is Tadeck Beutlich

Polish-born Tadek Beutlich’s distinctive style and approach challenges the usual definitions of craft categorisation. As an artist, weaver and tapestry maker he would often be inspired to create his textile work directly from his prints, and yet he believed that to plan out a tapestry or weaving by sketching it with pencil on paper was to do a disservice to the material that he worked with. This complex relationship between fine arts and craft has much to do with his early years as a student – Beutlich was profoundly influenced by one of his teachers at art school in Poland who taught him “not to think just do it”, an ethos which resonated throughout his career.

After the Second World War he enrolled as a student of painting and drawing at the Sir John Cass Institute in London, transferring to Camberwell School of Art and Crafts and graduating with a degree in Textiles in 1950. Whilst Beutlich was studying he accompanied his teacher, weaver Barbara Sawyer, on a visit to Ethel Mairet at Gospels, her home and workshop in Ditchling. Mairet’s imaginative treatment of yarns had a profound influence on Beutlich and his subsequent practice, although after initial experimentation with natural dyes he rejected the discipline as he found they faded too quickly. He eventually moved into Gospels in 1967 after Mairet’s death.

Beutlich used natural materials for his weaving such as sisal and jute and, whilst living in Spain, he began working with esparto grass. His work often contained pieces of organic material such as wood, and in one instance, samples of x-ray films, and their size was only limited by the space he worked in.

This was taken from Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft website

 

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Weaving on the porch of the Latter Library!!!
At our April meeting we weave on the porch of the latter library.

 

We were thinking of trying to make some woven street art for April when we weave in public on the library porch. Bring in an old weaving you don't want, a scrap of a piece you cut from a project or weave something special just for this project. 

Also it might be fun to bring a loom that people can come and try out. If I bring the loom can other people bring yarn, fabric, ribbon or any other things that would be fun to use as warp.

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OPPORTUNITIES TO WEAVE AND SPIN

TUESDAY WEAVERS:
The Tuesday Weavers' focus is to support wayward weavers and get them back to their looms. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:30am - 2:30pm usually at Bev Madere's but have been known to do "house calls" for neglected looms and frustrated weavers.  In Terrytown. contact 504 436 4691 for more info.
 

THE GATHERING…. 1st Thursday of every month ,10am-4pm. This is an open day (free of charge) for those wishing to come to weave or spin. Attendees learn from each other and bring their own equipment, lunch/beverage , a folding chair  and a pair of “inside “shoes..  Those who are new to these crafts are welcome to visit and learn more about appropriate types of equipment necessary  and to see weavers and spinners in action.  

3rd WEDNESDAY-Small Looms Day, 10am-4pm.  All loom types are welcome,,,  potholder looms, zoom looms, inkle and card looms, rigid heddle and tapestry looms.  This is an open day (free of charge) 

4th WEDNESDAY SPINNERS… 10am-4pm All types of wheels and spindles are welcome as well as carding equipment and blending boards. This is an open day (free of charge). Attendees learn from each other and bring their own equipment, lunch/beverage, folding chair, and a pair of “inside “ shoes.  Those new to spinning are welcome to visit and learn about various wheels and assorted types of spinning equipment used by others at the event.

These events are held monthly ,unless  the studio is closed  for fiber shows or events,

INSIDE SHOES… since most spinners and weavers do not wear shoes when practicing their crafts, we request that attendees leave their outside shoes at the door and wear only inside shoes while visiting  within the studio.


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Upcoming Calendar Events

March

March 15th WEAVING TECHNIQUES art show Tigermen Den 3113 Royal street (in the bywater) 6-9pm

March NOWG meeting March 24th 10:30-2:30 Jane Sullivan's house Pine needle gourd weaving bring Lunch!

April

April 21st NOWG meeting Latter LIbrary weaving on the porch


 “Welcome Blanket” Crowd-sourced Artistic action project.  I (Maureen Murphy) donated a hand knit blanket and letter to this project that was hung at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago From July 2017 through December 2017.  The blankets are welcome blankets that were distributed through various agencies for immigrants and refugees to welcome them to the United States.  As part of the project, it was requested that each participant  include a letter telling her/his family’s immigration story. There were over 3,000+ handmade blankets donated.  Blankets were knit, woven, crocheted and quilted. In December the blankets were distributed in coordination with immigration organizations and refugee resettlement organizations and other community partners.                                                           Below is the blanket Maureen cotributed.

“Welcome Blanket” Crowd-sourced Artistic action project.  I (Maureen Murphy) donated a hand knit blanket and letter to this project that was hung at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago From July 2017 through December 2017.  The blankets are welcome blankets that were distributed through various agencies for immigrants and refugees to welcome them to the United States.  As part of the project, it was requested that each participant  include a letter telling her/his family’s immigration story. There were over 3,000+ handmade blankets donated.  Blankets were knit, woven, crocheted and quilted. In December the blankets were distributed in coordination with immigration organizations and refugee resettlement organizations and other community partners.

                                                         Below is the blanket Maureen cotributed.

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NEW ORLEANS WEAVERS GUILD

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP STATEMENT

General meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of the month at the Latter Library unless Flip-In is scheduled. Meetings are held September through May.

Guild benefits to members include discounts on workshops and supplies, access to the Guild library and equipment, attendance at monthly and special group meetings, subscription to Patterns newsletter, opportunities to demonstrate, and display fiber related items collectively and receive the help, advice and camaraderie of other weavers, spinners and fiber artists. Guild membership runs from September to August. 

Annual dues are $25.00 and due at the September meeting.  Dues are to be payable to: 

New Orleans Weavers Guild, P.O. Box58726, New Orleans, LA 70158.

Board Members 2017-2019

President: Michelle Andre
Vice-President: Katherine Williams
Treasurer: Maureen Preau
Secretary: Phoebe Vlassis
Webmaster: Jane Sullivan
Newsletter Editor: Lena Kolb


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