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Lois Russell
Boston, MA

www.loisrussell. com

A basketmaker for more than 25 years, Lois has worked with every imaginable material and technique. Her work now is sculptural and involves building baskets with “patches” of different twined patterns. She is drawn to basketry specifically because there is no end to the possibilities. Baskets are an invitation to play with shape, color and texture. The historical traditions are rich and the materials are everywhere. She is a teacher, a journalist, an artist and past president of the National Basketry Association.







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.


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.”









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