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Juan Hinestroza
Ithaca, NY

Cornell University’s Associate Professor of Fiber Science directs The Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at the College of Human Ecology. His focus is on understanding fundamental phenomena at the nanoscale that are of relevance to Fiber and Polymer Science. His work explores the interface between the technologically established and mature field of textile science and the emerging and revolutionary field of nanoscale science. He compares this impact on textiles to that of the eighteenth century industrial revolution.


Judy Dominic
Southwest Ohio

Judy sort of fell into fiber art. From childhood mud pies and seed pictures through a scouting history of collecting and creativity, she found weaving when her children were young.  Weaving led her through a journey of fiber arts which eventually focused on basketry.  Since 1993 she has taught at conferences and workshops and volunteers her skills at numerous other venues.  She is now enjoying the addition of grandchildren to her life equation…and is wondering where her fiber journey will next lead her.  See more on our Instructor page or visit her website:



Kati Meek
Alpena, MI


Passionate weaver of rugs, tartans and other traditional and non-traditional weave structures. Kati travels extensively and teaches wherever her travels take her. She works primarily in natural yarns with a special love for linen. Author of two books, she has begun work on another.








Tasha Lewis
Ithaca, NY


Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design.
Her research includes the disruptive impact of technology in the apparel industry, the behavior of fashion brands, global and domestic apparel production issues, as well as the significance of social responsibility and sustainability throughout the global apparel supply chain. In her role as an artist, she has created double sided printed cyanotype butterflies which are installed onto metal objects in public urban spaces. There is no harm done to the objects which she has chosen to attach her sculptures. Her sole intent is to transform and revive art in an urban public space.





Karen Pardee
Skaneateles, NY


Karen has a B.A. in Fiber Arts and teaches adult and children's classes at local art and community centers. Trained as a traditional weaver, she stumbled upon the SAORI freestyle way of weaving by accident. The random use of color, pattern, and texture fit well with her style. She completed her studies under Mihoko Wakabayashi, founder of the first US studio. Her goal is to introduce adults and children to SAORI weaving as a tool for self discovery and inner healing, and to assist others in releasing their hidden creativity.




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