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The guild meets from 9:30 am-12:00 pm on the second Wednesday of the month, September through June. There is a short business meeting followed by the invited speaker. The Evening Meetings are held at the Weaving & Fiber Arts Center from 7-9 pm.

We gather at:

First Baptist Church
175 Allen’s Creek Rd. in Pittsford, NY.
Click Location for directions. The church social hall opens at 9:00 a.m. for fellowship and access to the library.

Guild Meeting September 13, 2017
Brenda Rosenbaum
www.mayanhands.org

"Mayan Textiles"

 

Brenda Rosenbaum portrait

Brenda Rosenbaum is the founder of Mayan Hands, an organization that works with Maya weavers' cooperatives. She has a PhD in anthropology from the State University of New York in Albany with a long commitment to field work in Guatemala.  As an anthropologist working in fair trade, she understands her role as twofold:  supporting producers and informing consumers.  She helps more than 200 artisans bring their products to the U.S. market.  And she works to inform U.S. consumers about conditions of life in the third world, the meaningful contexts of traditional artisan products and their labor-intensive nature that will promote responsible purchasing choices.  Consumers with an awareness of the world come to view their purchase as a political act. 

Mayan Hands is a fair-trade nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guild Meeting October 11, 2017
Jette Vandermeiden

Jette’s 50-Dollar Challenge

Vandermeiden portrait

Well-known Canadian weaver Jette Vandermeiden has for many years been collecting textiles from around the world – simply by giving her friends and fellow artists $50 to purchase a textile in their travels. In this diverse and colorful presentation, she will share the images and stories of her collection.

Jette has been creating textiles since early childhood. Studying weaving, embroidery, knitting and bobbin lace at college led her to find her strength in weave theory, structure and design of cloth. With her extensive knowledge of fiber-related topics, Jette has been a consultant to museums, documentary researchers, and developers of weaving curriculum for college fiber arts programs. A prolific writer and teacher, Jette has conducted classes and workshops across Canada, the USA and England and was a regular columnist for many years for FIBRE FOCUS. She weaves damask and Scandinavian weaves and seeks to share weaving skills so this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.

 

 

Guild Meeting November 8, 2017
Barbara Wainright
Rochester, NY

"Discovering Honeycomb

 

Only weeks after beginning to weave, Barb Wainright came across a photo in A Handweaver’s Pattern Book that sent her on a journey of discovery: “Five after Eleven Check” woven as honeycomb. “Circles?” she thought, “I want to weave circles!” Join us to hear what it took to reproduce those circles and how they ultimately became a Handwoven project.

Barbara's current areas of focus are the honeycomb structure and drawloom work. For her, the textile arts are more about process than product. The opportunity to create is a gift; to create textiles is sensory delight. Design and technique challenges provide stimulation, opening doors to unexplored possibilities. Yet results are important: there is nothing so useless as wasted potential. Her goal as a teacher is to help you achieve your potential in pursuit of your own fiber arts goals.

 

 


 

 

 

Guild Workshop November 8 - 10, 2017
Barbara Wainright
Rochester, NY

"Re-imagining Honeycomb”

In this workshop, learn about the effects of threading, yarn, sett, and beat in developing honeycomb texture. Examine woven pieces as you consider the interplay of color and structure. Discover how honeycomb blossoms during wet-finishing and how to make better predictions about the results. Weave with yarn from your own stash to reinforce your understanding and help you plan future projects with confidence.