Patterns: The Weavers' Connection
Monthly publication of New Orleans Weavers Guild
February, 2018 Volume 34, Issue 11
Happy Mardi Gras!!!
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.
This months artist highlight is Olga de Amaral
Olga de Amaral was born in Bogotá, Colombia, Olga de Amaral studied fabric art at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Amaral is a renowned artist whose evolving technique, incorporating fiber, paint, gesso and precious metals transforms two-dimensional textiles into sculptural works that seamlessly integrate art, craft, and design. In their engagement with materials and process her works become essentially unclassifiable and self-reflexively authentic. Amaral is an important figure in the development of post-war Latin American abstraction. Her creation of “off stretcher” works, using non-traditional materials, acquires greater historical resonance with each passing year.
This was taken from her website which you can check out by clicking HERE.
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. (Click in the picture to read an article about this train covered in crochet.)
OPPORTUNITIES TO WEAVE AND SPIN
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.
Upcoming Calendar Events
February 17th NOWG meeting Introduction to Theo Moorman Weaving by Kathy ~Latter Library~ Weaving fabric pictures into your cloth using Theo Moorman Inlay Technique
February 20th Tuesday weavers (date moved because of Mardi Gras.)
March NOWG meeting date TBA Pine needle gourd weaving
Here are some pictures from our January meeting where we used woven yardage and a Saori pattern to create a jacket.
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
Contribute to our Newsletter
Please send in contributions to our newsletter to MidnightHandwoven@gmail.com
I would love to include information about textile exhibits, inspiration from textile artists, stories of weaving, images of interesting textile equipment, and pictures of work by NOWG members or anything YOU would like to share with the guild. I would love other members to be involved so if you have ideas of things you would like to see in the NOWG newsletter please feel free to contact me.
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