Author Archives: WSSA

Gallery Exhibit Opening: Texas Folklife Gallery

texasfolklife_weaversandspinners-croppedTexas weavers love our deep traditions in functional craft and art. Weaving is an art form that sprouted from the skills employed by those turning fiber into yarn, yarn into cloth, and cloth into useful, practical, necessary, and often time, lovely and expressive household and wearable items.

The Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin, WSSA, will share the beauty and the process of weaving at the:

Texas Folklife Gallery
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX 78756
FREE and open to the public

Opening Night Party Sunday October 16th (2pm-5pm)
Exhibit is Open Sunday October 16th – Friday December 16th.
Gallery Hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm.
http://texasfolklife.org/event/gallery-exhibit-opening
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The exhibit shows the works by guild members of the Spinners and Weavers Society of Austin.  Handwoven art pieces and garments, felted pieces and basket weaving woven from a wide variety of materials all with a Texas accent.

The exhibit opening on Sunday October 16th (2pm-5pm) at the Texas Folklife Gallery will feature weaving and looming demonstrations, and a variety of pieces made by Weavers & Spinners Society of Austin members will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments and drinks will also be served.

Started in the 1970s, WSSA is a non-profit dedicated to promoting textile arts: weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, basketry & more. Members use traditional & new techniques to create wearable art, fine household items, & purely artistic expressions of thread, ribbon, wire, natural fibers, and other filaments.

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Innovative Weaving – Exploring Creativity

book-coverThe WSSA Creativity Study Group book is now on Amazon!

For most of the 2015-2016 Guild year a WSSA study group met at Mickey Stam’s house once a month. During each gathering, we looked at a different non-fiber art form and explored ways to draw inspiration from it. We had tons of fun learning about everything from film to fashion to installation art, but also brainstormed and shared a lot of wonderful ideas.

The study guide developed from the study group, Innovative Weaving, is now available on Amazon.com. This guide provides inspirations for your weaving and other fiber arts, as well as numerous photos of the beautiful work accomplished by  guild members.

Chock full of  inspiration you need for your next project and beyond.  This book explores ten different art forms for inspiration including painting, architecture, sculpture, music, and performance art.  It includes brainstorming exercises to generate innovative ideas for your weaving and practical advice to help you embrace risk, add artistic concepts, work in a series, and write your artist statement. Each chapter provides material for a twelve-month course of study.

The first chapter suggests methods for organizing a study group that is able to produce the greatest number of innovative ideas. On the other hand, the book is just as helpful for any weaver or other fiber artist working independently.

More info on the Innovative Weaving website. All royalties go to WSSA’s space fund to help us eventually get our own guild space.  $24.75 and  available at Amazon.

 

September Meetings and a New Study Group

DSC03908Program Night — Back to Guild Night
September  8, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:45pm
Northwest Recreation Center

September marks the beginning of our guild year and a fresh slate for our learning together. Like a back to school event, we’ll take some time to go over some of the basics of WSSA plans and policies for the 2016-17 year, including a refresher on our website and social media, going over frequently asked questions, and a special presentation by Mickey Stam with photos from the 2016 Convergence and from fashion exhibits in New York. If you are a new member who has never yet attended a WSSA meeting or a long-time friend who may have fallen out of touch, this is a great opportunity to find out what you may have been missing and also get your questions answered. Bring friends who may be interested in joining so they can hear all about our exciting plans!

Hands on Night — bring a project to work on, or join the Weaving 101 study group
September 22, 2016
7 – 9 PM
Austin Recreation Center

This is the night of the month where we come together to visit while working on our personal spinning, weaving and other fiber projects. Hands-on-Night is the perfect time to get help and advice from other members of the guild.  The library is also available that night.

We’re starting something new on Hands-on nights, the Weaving 101 study group.  You can still bring your spinning or other projects, this will be alongside our normal Hands-on activities.  Our first meeting will be September 22nd and we’ll be mostly planning what we want to cover. Continue reading

Happy Summer! No Meetings in August

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We take a break in August and don’t meet. Check back with us in September when we resume. Our first meeting will be September 8th at the NW Recreation Center. Hope to see you there!

July 2016 Meetings

Program Meeting
July 14, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:45pm
Northwest Recreation Center

collingwoodJoin us learning about one of the legends in the weaving world. We will watch the film: Peter Collingwood Weaver.  Peter Collingwood spent a lifetime involved in weaving and fiber experimentation.  He is one of the leading British artist weavers.  His works have hung in many museums and galleries in the U.S. and Europe. Most of his books are considered to be definitive resources in the field of weaving, with topics ranging from sprang, tablet weaving and rug weaving.

 Picture source: VADS

Hands-on-Night
July 21, 2016
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Austin Recreation Center

Come join the gang! This is the night of the month where we come together to visit while working on our personal spinning, weaving and other fiber projects. Hands-on-Night is the perfect time to get help and advice from other members of the guild.

WSSA also has a wonderful library and it is open for business during the Hands-on-Night meeting.

June 2016 Meetings

vintage-picnic-snapshot-28Annual Summer Picnic
June 9, 2016
6:30 to 9:00 PM
See email for location

Yahoo! It is hard to believe that it is that time of year again. Our annual summer picnic is on June 9th from 6:30-9 pm.

Bring a dish and drink to share. We will provide plates, cups and utensils. Members will receive location information via email. In addition to our usual good eats, great show and tell, we will have our annual business meeting and presentation of the slate of officers for the next year.

Photo: WGSN Insider

spinning-wheel-art1Hands-on-Night
June 23rd, 2016
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Austin Recreation Center

Come join the gang! This is the night of the month where we come together to visit while working on our personal spinning, weaving and other fiber projects. Hands-on-Night is the perfect time to get help and advice from other members of the guild.

WSSA also has a wonderful library and it is open for business during the Hands-on-Night meeting.

Photo Credit: anythingwithastring

West Austin Studio Tour 2016, May 14,15 & 21, 22

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We’re stop #3 on the West Austin Studio Tour, aka WEST, this year. Come check out our pop-up gallery and guild sale.

May 14,15 & 21, 22
11:00am – 6:00pm
2802 Benbrook Dr., Austin, TX  78757

WEST 2016 Tour Map

Weaving, spinning, dyeing, and felting demonstrations. Exhibit of works by guild members, including:

Rebekah Dykhuis handwoven pillows, felted items, and handspun yarn
Pam James,  Fringe Benefits handwoven wearables and art
Mary Macaulay, WoolyFiori Felted hats, flowers, vessels, wearables
Gail McGlamery Hand dyed wool, art batts, handspun yarn and handwoven shawls
Sidne Tiemann & Susan Bussard ceramics and handwoven wearables
Meg Wilson handwovens and wire jewelry
Linda Yeatts Moonbeam Weaving, handwoven wraps, scarves and other wearables

Members of the Weavers & Spinners Society of Austin

Weaving and Spinning supply garage sale!

Downloads of vendor applications, inventory forms and procedures will be  available HERE

Downloadable WEST 2016 flyer