Category Archives: Outreach

March 5, 2017, Stephen Yafa Talk – Cotton, A Revolutionary Fiber

Sunday, March 5, 2017
2:30 PM
Congregation Beth Israel Auditorium
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, 78756
Free!

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

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.

 

March 5th, 2016– SHARE Workshop and Demo

IMG_7775March 5th, 2016– SHARE Workshop and Demo
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Laura’s Library
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.

Schedule:
11:00 to 2:30 Overview of Warping – Yohannah Klingensmith
2:30 to 4:30 Weaving and Spinning Demonstrations – WSSA members

Both portions of the day are open to the public.
Please CLICK HERE to register for the workshop (no charge for the workshop, donations welcome).  We also need members to demo the day of the workshop.

CHT Conference Highlights Video

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

Meetings in May, 2015

keep-calm-and-get-ready-for-chtMay 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.

West Austin Studio Tour 2015- May 9,10 and 16,17

5x7 WSSA WEST CARD FRONTPlease join us for our 3rd West Austin Studio Tour

Stop #2  2802 Benbrook, 78751
11-6 both weekends

  • weaving & spinning
  • hand-spun yarns & wearables
  • hand-dyed fibers
  • felted & knitted items
  • shop & learn

Featuring local artists
Mickey Stam
Aimee Kandl
Pam James
Mary Macaulay
Linda Yeattswest_logo_dates
Sidne Tiemann
Sarah Monger
and the members of WSSA

This is  a free family event: stop by to see weaving and spinning in progress and experience the wonders of indigo dyeing.

Thanks to Heather Wykrent for our beautiful flyer. 

 

SHARE Workshop- January 17-18, 2015

Saturday January 17th, 10am to 4pm,  Sunday 18th, 1pm to 6:00pm

Location:
Westbank Public Library
1309 Westbank Dr
Austin, TX 78746
Directions:  http://www.westbanklibrary.com/directions

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.

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