Sunday, March 5, 2017
Congregation Beth Israel Auditorium
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, 78756
Come hear author Stephen Yafa talk on one of our favorite fibers., one that has “created fortunes, wrecked civilizations, and put America on the map!”
In “BIG COTTON: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber” author Stephen Yafa explores the extraordinary range of imagination and ingenuity required to convert a fluffy mass of fiber into a substance of unbelievable versatility. He traces cotton’s journey from its first domestication about 5,500 years ago in Asia, Africa, and South America, through the conflicts that led to the American Civil War, and finally examines its role nano-technology and bio-engineering-hot button topics in today’s global economy. Yafa reveals to us how cotton has dictated the economy, carved the environmental state, and been a key player in international relations for thousands of years. Continue reading →
The 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.
March 5th, 2016– SHARE Workshop and Demo
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
9411 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, Texas 78733
This year we will be doing things a little bit differently for our SHARE workshop. We will have a guest teacher, Yohannah Klingensmith, giving a presentation and demonstration on loom warping. She taught this same class at CHT and it was very successful. This will take place the first part of the day. The second part of the day guild members will “SHARE” their weaving and spinning talents by demonstration and teaching.
Yohannah has been weaving since she was ten. She works and teaches weaving at Homestead Fiber Arts, part of the Homestead Craft Village which features award winning woodworking, blacksmithing, pottery, leather work and quilting in addition to fiber crafts.
Yohannah’s workshop is an overview of warping a loom in the back to front Swedish method. All the basic steps will be covered from measuring the warp to dressing the loom. During the course of the class Yohannah will demo how this is done and will share her wisdom of warping and dressing a loom
In keeping with the original theme of the SHARE workshop, after the class guild members will demo weaving and spinning.
11:00 to 2:30 Overview of Warping – Yohannah Klingensmith
2:30 to 4:30 Weaving and Spinning Demonstrations – WSSA members
Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Biennial Conference
Austin, TX – June 24-28, 2015
‘Warp Speed Ahead!’
The production and use of textiles is changing dramatically in the 21st century. Google and other corporations and industries are hiring weavers to explore new concepts in fiber incorporating and embedding technology. It is a very exciting time to be involved in the future of fibers, fabric and textiles. Continue reading →
May 14th Program night
This month’s program night is devoted to helping with preparations for the CHT conference. Boring? No! We will have door prizes and snacks for all the participants – also, great chance to enjoy uninterrupted social time! Please join us for this fun and productive evening.
May 28th Hands-on Project night – No agenda, just getting together to spin, weave or work on any personal fiber project; great opportunity to peruse the library and share our skills. Will feature a demo from an interesting spinning item available through our lending library.
We are doing a repeat performance of the very popular Weaving Winter Workshop or www.SHARE workshop. Participants in the workshop are asked to bring a loom warped and ready to weave in a pattern of your choice. Not to worry if you can’t come with a prepared loom, we will also have a few extra looms warped and ready to weave.