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Bonnie Inyoue
Crested Butte, CO


Author of the seminal work, Exploring Multishaft Design, Inouye has taught handweaving all over the United States and in nine countries. She works on a 24-shaft computer-assisted AVL loom and on two 16-shaft looms, producing work that features, in her words, “woven images, smoothly flowing lines, shaded curves, unusual textures, and non-repeating designs.”






Pat Pauly
Rochester, NY


Pat designs contemporary quilts with strong compositions coupled with modern interpretation while maintaining the integrity of the traditional quilt. Her work in fiber art, which began in the 1980s, stems from a background and love of art and design. An award winning art quilter, Pat Pauly has her studio in Rochester, New York.












Inge Dam
Schomberg, Ontario


A master weaver and teacher, Inge Dam creates cloth that incorporates tablet weaving.  Inspired by her interest in Iron Age textiles, she makes contemporary fabrics that highlight this ancient method.  She recently authored Tablet-Woven Accents for Designer Fabrics: Contemporary Uses for Ancient Techniques. 








Nancy Wiley
Canandaigua, NY

Nancy Wiley is a nationally recognized doll artist and painter. Wiley's creations include whimsical doll figures made of paper clay or porcelain, figurative sculpture, mixed media pieces and paintings. Her work, inspired by fine art, mythology and fairy tales, is exhibited in museums and galleries and sold to private collectors.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration, she is a longtime member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists. Wiley lives in Canandaigua, New York.






Anita Luvera Mayer
Anacortes, WA

Anita Luvera Mayer is an internationally recognized weaver, fiber artist, designer, and author. She was first introduced to weaving in 1955 when her mother-in-law gave her a floor loom as a wedding gift. She began weaving contemporary garments began in 1972 and has focused for the past 10 years on telling women's stories. Her creative fiber work has evolved to include innovative surface design techniques as well as beadwork, embroidery, freeform knitting, and crochet. Primarily self-taught, she brings decades of experience to her fiber work.









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

Marcia Weinert www.undeniablyloopy.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