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The events posted here are of interest to fiber artists living in the ANWG region. These events are sponsored by nonprofit organizations. To place an event E-mail. Due to limited space and the great number of fiber-related activities, the events that will be posted here will be those that are determined to be of interest to a large segment of the ANWG region.

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Member Guild Sponsored Events


An Exhibition at the Langley Centennial Museum by the Langley Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild

Langley, BC
July 25-October 25, 2017
Let the alphabet be your guide to explore the fibre arts!  From Angora and Alpaca, blankets and cat hair, to yarn and—wait for it—zombies!— the Langley Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild has used their craft to explore all of the letters of the alphabet in their newest exhibit, Fibre Arts A-Z. Whether animal, plant, mineral or synthetic, fibre has been a fundamental part of daily human activity for thousands of years.  With the prolific availability of cheap clothing today, fibre is easy to take for granted.  The Langley Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild will explore various elements of fibre arts including spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting and knitting.  This tactile exhibit is full of fibrous texture and will entice and inspire people to discover their own passion for fibre arts.  The exhibit also shines a spotlight on the increasing awareness about the environmental harm and abuse of workers present in the textile industry, which demands constant change. The artists of the Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild will also be leading demonstrations as they work on their 100 km Coat – a coat made entirely of resources and talent available within our region.  This true piece of wearable BC art is being designed and created during the exhibition, to highlight both the Slow Clothes movement and the talent and resources available in the Lower Mainland.  Guild members will be demonstrating their craft at the Museum on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00pm. The exhibit is open until October 25, 2017.  For more information, please contact the Langley Centennial Museum at 604.532.3536 or curator@tol.ca.
Tapestry workshop with Joan Baxter
Vancouver, BC
October 4-8, 2017
The Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild (GVWSG) is sponsoring a workshop on October 4 – 8, 2017 featuring Joan Baxter, a renowned tapestry weaver from Scotland (check out her website at http://www.joanbaxter.com/).  This workshop is currently full, but one of the prospective students is looking for a replacement.  Interested parties can contact Jennifer Braun for details at jlb0312@aim.com.
Lynden, Washington
October 10-14, 2017 – 9 am to 5 pmRegistration is now open for FIBERS & BEYOND workshops at Jansen Art Center in Lynden, Washington.  A joint presentation of Whatcom Weavers Guild and the Jansen Textile Group, this mini-conference offers workshops for all skill levels in a variety of fiber arts including felting, weaving and dyeing.  The keynote address – Coast Salish Weaving – will be delivered by Dr. Susan Pavel on Wednesday, October 11. For more information about the Fibers & Beyond Conference, visit www.jansenartcenter.org/fibersandbeyond/
Whatcom Weavers Guild holds its annual Fibers & Beyond Sale on the last day of the conference, Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden, WA.  Free admission and lots of free parking in downtown Lynden.  www.whatcomweaversguild.org
Tzouhalem Spinners and Weavers Guild Show and Sale
Oct 27 to 29 2017
Cowichan Bay, BC
Members of the Tzouhalem Spinners and Weavers Guild, located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, have been busy at our looms and spinning wheels and as well our knitting needles, crochet hooks and felting needles have been working overtime getting ready for our annual Show and Sale. If you are interested in wonderful hand crafted treasures as well as trying your hand at weaving, spinning, felting or lace making come and see us from Oct 27 to 29. The Show and Sale will be held  at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Museum,  1761 Cowichan Bay Rd.,Cowichan Bay, BC .
Langley Weavers & Spinners Guild Artisans’ Sale
Langley, BC
November 3-4 2017
Our guild has over 100 members; we are a teaching guild and everyone with an interest in the fibre arts is welcome to join and learn.  Our annual Artisans’ Sale will be held this year at the West Langley Community Hall 9402 208th Street, Langley, on November 3 – 4. For more information on the Artisans’ Sale, contact Sandra at artisansale@lwsg.org.


Conferences, Classes, Festivals, Workshops

Pine needle basketry workshop
October 20-22, 2017
Coupeville, Washington
Nadine Spier will be teaching a pine needle basketry workshop October 20-22, 2017 at the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville, Washington https://pacificnorthwestartschool.org/product/spier-nadine-the-art-of-coiling-baskets-and-sculptural-forms-october-20-22-2017/
All skill levels welcome. She individualizes her instruction to each student’s interest and skill level. It will be 3-days of fun, exploration, discovery and a mastering of basketry skills. Some examples of what you can learn include basic coiling, freeform sculptural work, a variety of fancy starts, beadwork, handles, lids, and much much more. You can learn more about Nadine and see the type of basketry she teaches in this recent interview  http://www.textileartist.org/nadine-spier-glorious-journeyAny questions, feel free to contact Nadine at info@nadinespier.com
or (760) 944-9369.  Her website is www.nadinespier.com
Columbia George Fiber Festival
The Dalles, OR
October 27-29 2017
The Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival has found a reputation as the Gorge’s premier fiber event. The CGFF is produced by Sarah Keller, owner of Hood River’s LYS Knot Another Hat, and is held annually in the Columbia River Gorge. The festival is proud to offer world class fiber arts education and a small but exclusive vendor marketplace.
Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners (MAWS) Biennial Conference
Big Sky, MT
June 12-17, 2018
The Sky’s The Limit” The Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners (MAWS) will hold its biennial conference at Big Sky, MT, June 12-17, 2018. The Bozeman Weavers Guild (BWG), the host for the 2018 conference, is happy to be able to welcome participants to find inspiration in our beautiful corner of southwest Montana. The headlining instructors will include Jason Collingwood, Jane Patrick and Linda Hartshorn. These artists will be leading workshops on weaving and dyeing while regional instructors will share expertise on these and many other fiber arts disciplines. Participants will have the opportunity to hone existing skills and/or try something brand new.
In addition to a variety of classes, the conference will include an item exchange of handwoven tea towels and handspun yarns and an open show with the theme of Reach for the Stars: Fiber Artistry in the Big Sky as well as the fashion show.
The BWG invites everyone to make plans to come weave, spin, dye, felt and knit with us under the Big Sky! Additional and updated information on the 2018 MAWS conference is available on the BWG website: www.bozemanweaversguild.org/maws-2018



The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus, Eugene, Oregon
September 23 2017 – January 21 2018
“The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome,” an exhibition of rare 17th century Italian tapestries that once decorated St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on view beginning September 23, 2017 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus. This exhibition features one of the Barberini’s most renowned series, the “Life of Christ,” on loan from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. “The Barberini Tapestries” will open with a free public reception on Friday, September 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. In 2001, a major fire in the Cathedral seriously damaged two of the “Life of Christ” tapestries. The Textile Conservation Laboratory, renowned worldwide for its work on antique and modern textiles, has spent the last 16 years cleaning and conserving the tapestries, culminating in this highly anticipated exhibition. Fragments from one of the two damaged tapestries will be displayed in the exhibition, along with text and illustrations providing a fascinating glimpse into the advanced methods and painstaking care required to return the series to its original glory. The centerpiece of the exhibition, the installation of the ten surviving tapestries, will be accompanied by rare books, period objects, and computer kiosks offering detailed background information.  These will help recreate the cultural, dynastic, political and religious worlds of the Barberini family. The digital interface was developed by the Location Lab at the University of Oregon’s GIS & Mapping Team. Its interactive features will be available in the galleries and can also be experienced online at http://barberini.uoregon.edu/.


Call to Artists

2018 Weaving Guilds of Oregon Traveling Show
Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO) will sponsor a juried traveling exhibit of weaving and other fiber art during calendar year 2018. The theme of the show is “Color Gone Wild”. No particular colors are required – just think of what you can make with any wild colorway!
The show will exhibit for all of 2018 in five venues averaging two months in each location. Items may be for sale or not. Awards for Best of Show and other categories will be given.
Entries are open to residents of the State of Oregon and members of WeGO-member Guilds.
The deadline for submitting items is October 31, 2017.
See the WeGO website http://www.wegoregon.org/traveling_shows to obtain the Prospectus, Entry Form and Artist Agreement.
Contact: tomlin@bendcable.com