The Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds (ANWG) is an association of fiber arts guilds located within the Pacific Northwest United States and Western Canada. ANWG does not have individuals as members but each Member Guild is composed of individuals. Individuals pay dues to their Member Guild and the Member Guild pays dues to ANWG.
ANWG provides services and support to its Member Guilds with the idea that combining resources and providing an economy of scale, services can be provided that would not be possible for the individual guilds to provide on their own.
The Association is governed by an Executive Board composed of elected officers: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, and appointed board positions: Education, Communication and Membership Committee Chairs. The Conference Committee Chair, Webmaster and Nominating Committee Chairs are ex-officio members of the Board. From time to time, other Board positions are established as the organization’s needs change. The officers are elected by the membership in odd-numbered years.
Each Member Guild appoints an ANWG guild representative and ANWG holds an annual general meeting (AGM) of its representatives. During conference years, the AGM is held in conjunction with the conference and at the conference location. In off-conference years, it is held somewhere within the region as determined by the Board of Directors.
The primary focus of ANWG and Member Guilds is weaving but also includes spinning, felting other fiber arts. As with all types of artistic media, technology has played a key role in the growth and expansion of the fiber arts beyond its ancient beginnings.