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Wendy Marks
Rochester, NY

Wendy was raised in an art-infused environment. Her dad was a self-employed graphic designer and art director in Pittsburgh PA, her mother owned and operated an art gallery “Bird In The Hand”, and her grandmother was a Gobelin tapestry weaver who lived and taught at Penland in North Carolina. Wendy herself spent summers at Penland, and graduated from the School for American Craftsmen at RIT with a major in textile design. She has been a self-employed artist, weaving large-scale tapestries for corporations, and creating a series of banners and flags to sell on the art festival circuit. She spent 5 years as an artist’s representative for her sister’s gallery, “House of Two Sisters” in western PA. She is now in her third as Manager of Shop One/Two at RIT’s Global Village.






Julie Brandon
Williamson, NY

Julie Brandon has her home/workshop/retreat center on the shores of Lake Ontario.  She is an award-winning fiber artist, and has experimented with transferring imagery to fiber for more than 20 years.  Her current focus is printing digital imagery on fabric.  “Like a magpie, I have always been drawn to objects with visual texture.  Experimentation is the spirit that guides me.  Rules are to be explored and sometimes broken."  






Regina Middleton-Lewis

With an educational background in Fine Arts and Textile Design, Regina focused in weaving and later in conservation.  She has worked as a production weaver, a studio designer in NYC for a woolen mill, a production artist for printed fabrics for the toy industry and had her own sewing business.  She is deeply commited to the arts and textiles.  Her endeavors have included knitting, weaving, sewing, upholstery, felt making, yarn dyeing, quilting and basketry.




Dianne Totten
Marietta, GA

Dianne Totten, a weaver for 30 years and teacher for fifteen, uses a variation of handwoven shibori to produce what she calls “crimp cloth” to create one-of-a-kind garments with the heat-set fabric. Her expertise in sewing complements her passion for weaving. Dianne’s award-winning work has appeared nationally and internationally. She teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School in NC as well as nationally for guilds and has been published in SS&D, Handwoven, Weavers and Vävmagasinet.





Ruth Manning
Madison, WI

Ruth Manning teaches and creates art at her studio in Madison, Wisconsin. She specializes in hand woven tapestry with a focus on portraits and personal narrative work. Ruth has exhibited and sold her work around the country, and she believes that a little tapestry will enhance your life.



Sarah Saulson
Syracuse, NY

Teaching in a variety of contexts has become an important part of my weaving life. In addition to working with adult learners throughout in many parts of the country and children in local schools, I teach weaving at Syracuse University. My students of all ages continue to energize and educate me.






Laura Fry
Prince George, B.C.

Laura’s business focus has shifted to weaving yardage on contract for a fashion designer. In addition, Laura teaches throughout Canada and the United States, writes for a variety of textile publications, and wins awards for the beautiful clothing fabrics that have always been her passion. She has been certified as one of Canada’s Master Weavers.

Laura’s meticulous approach to weaving quality fabrics is characterized by her attention to wet finishing. Her guidelines make professional-quality finishing achievable by every handweaver, hobbyist and professional alike. "It isn’t finished until it’s wet finished."




Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association: MAFA is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to promote education in the fiber arts; to plan, organize, and conduct conferences; and to facilitate communication among member guilds.

HandWeavers Guild of America
: HGA provides educational programs, conferences, and an award-winning quarterly publication to its members as it seeks to increase awareness of and appreciation for the fiber arts.

Arts & Cultural Council: The Arts Council is the local arts agency for the Rochester, New York metropolitan region. It develops, promotes and strengthens the cultural industry for the benefit of the people of the Rochester region. A&CC directly serves artists and cultural organizations— as well as the community at large.

Weave a Real Peace [WARP]: A non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and communities-in-need around the world through textile arts.

Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference: this biannual regional conference will be hosted at the Chautauqua Institute October 8 - 10, 2011.   http://www.eglfc.org


Weaving Lives at 65: An Anniversary Exhibit
Celebrating the Guild's 65th anniversary, this book incorporates history, photos and 33 project drafts.

• Original weaving designs, tips, & techniques
• 5 issues a year

Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot quarterly HGA journal featuring a broad spectrum of articles about the fiber arts.

Local Artists & Retailers

Member Websites:

Anne Fischer www.annemfischer.com

Denise Kovnat  www.denisekovnat.blogspot.com/

Sarah Saulson   www.sarahsaulson.com

Special thanks to these local artists & retailers who support WGR.  Check out their websites:

The Elmwood Yarn Shop: Buffalo, NY www.elmwoodyarnshop.com

Hope Farm: Bloomfield, NY www.hopefarmalpacas.com