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Programs & Workshops 2022-2023

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For more information on when and where the meetings will be held, please see Meetings

Meetings will be held at Mountain View Methodist Church in Boulder, Colorado in 2022-23 in September, October, December, March, April and May.

In November 2022, January 2023 and February 2023, the meetings will be on Zoom. Members will receive a Zoom Meeting invite e-mail from the Guild on the Friday before the Day and Evening Guild meetings.  The invite will provide you with a link to view the HGB programs. The Zoom meeting will also be posted on the HGB website under Members/Announcements.

If you are not a member and would like to visit one of our meetings, please email president@handweaversofboulder.org for the day meeting and eveningchair@handweaversofboulder.org for the evening meeting.


Video recordings from past HGB Presentations are available on the HGB YouTube Channel


Updated  06.26.2022

September - Susan Brooks

 Day MeetingSeptember 12, 2022
I Hear Your Voice - Art  Inspired by Listening  to  Marginalized Women from Prison to Lebanon.
 Evening Meeting

September 13, 2022

The Healing Art of Hand Stitching


Susan Brooks

Susan is a textile artist, writer and teacher who is highly sought after for her workshops.  Her work has been displayed in many places and her workshops are very popular.

https://susanbrookstextileartist.com

Susan tells us:

Creating art using fabrics and papers provides the opportunity to build layers giving a sense of protection, safety and security.  I create my own fabrics through dyeing, botanical printing, resists and painting and then am able to add dimension and detail through the use of stitches. I have focused on the elements in plants to imprint the images of leaves and flowers to create another layer of delicate beauty and interest.

Differing techniques are used to express differing emotions.   Deconstructed silk printing is used for a very organic look. The use of painting thicken dyes on plastic has been used for my women monoprints. The morphing of the dyes give a feel of surrealism.   Botanical dyeing, plant based dyes and prints, introduce the beauty of nature into my work.  The love of the stitching, connecting threads, to hold the pieces together.

The tactile feel and visual beauty of fabric has been a motivation to creativity.  As a child, I was fascinated by the possibility of transforming a flat piece of cloth into a uniquely crafted article of clothing.  After a journey of making dolls, garments and quilts, I am now driven to experiment with new techniques in dyeing, painting and embellishing fabric.  I enjoy sharing my passion with others by teaching these techniques and broadening my own exploration in fabric art.  My aspiration is to tell a story, engage the viewer in a dialogue and challenge them to a deeper emotional experience.


Day Meeting Presentation: I Hear Your Voice:  Art Inspired By Listening To Marginalized Women

After almost 8 years volunteering in the women’s prison and currently going in as a visitor, Susan has learned to listen to the women, their stories and the longing in their hearts to be whole and healthy. Her art has been profoundly influenced by women she has met not only in prison, but women who have been trafficked, fighting cancer battles, in the struggle to realize their value, as well as refuges raising their families in hostile lands.

Evening Meeting Presentation: The Healing Art Of Hand Stitch

Susan will take us on her journey of learning the art of hand stitch and how it led  to a deeper and more profound experience.  She will share her own vulnerable family history and  how  long periods of stitching made the  connection between the eyes, hands, head and heart ultimately leading to personal freedom.


SUSAN BROOKS WORKSHOP: Eco-dyeing and Printing 

Enjoy 2 days of learning and working with fellow fiber artists as Susan teaches the basic of transferring plant images onto paper, fabrics, and sketchbooks. You will learn about:

  • the chemistry of eco-dyeing (what works and what doesn’t!)
  • pre and post mordants and dyes
  • pre-dyeing papers and using dye pots to transfer colors
  • using thickened dyes to transfer images from thermofax screens, stencils or stamps.  

Note: A third workshop day  can be arranged with the class, directly with Susan at the workshop to turn your work into a Journal.


Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2022  

Location: The workshop will take place at Susan’s studio in Louisville, CO (specific directions will be given registered students).  

Class size: limited to 10.

Prerequisites/Experience: Beginner

Equipment/Materials Provided by Participants: A materials list will be supplied by email a month before the workshop to registered students. 

Materials provided by Instructor: Instructor will provide chemicals, mordants and all dyes included in the workshop fee.

Workshop fee: $140.00 for 2 days payable on registration.  HGB provides workshops to members at cost as a membership benefit.


To register online, click here. If you cannot register online, you can download the registration form here. Mailed forms may take 2-4 weeks to process.


Please note:

HGB Members are given registration priority.  Click here to become an HGB Member.  Non-HGB Members will be placed on a waitlist and contacted two weeks prior to the workshop.

Disclaimers and Advisement: Wearing masks for CVD mitigation will be decided by the workshop teacher in conjunction with all state and local laws and regulations. Even if not required, the workshop leader may mandate mask wearing at all times. 

Cancellation/Refund policy: Workshop fees are payable to HGB and due with the registration form. Refunds are made only if another or (wait list) person can fill your space. If the workshop is canceled by HGB, you will receive a full refund. 

October - Bobbi Irwin

 Day MeetingOctober 10, 2022
Shimmering Colors: The Magic of Iridescence
 Evening Meeting October 11, 2022
Twined Rag Rugs

Bobbi Irwin

We welcome Bobbie Irwin for the
October meeting presentations. Bobbie is a weaver, weaving
teacher, speaker and published author. Bobbie's interests
include weaving with iridescence, transparencies, rags,
overshot, space-dyed yarns and wrinkle-resistant materials  https://www.bobbieirwin.com/ 

Day Meeting Presentation: Shimmering Colors: The Magic of Iridescence

Fabrics that appear to change color as the light and angle of view change seem almost magical! You don’t need gossamer threads or just plain weave to create iridescence in handwoven fabrics. Learn a variety of color, thread, thread size, and structure options to achieve the effects. The amazing possibilities include analogous colors, multiple colors, layered fabrics, warp- or weft-faced fabrics, and even iridescence in black and white! This talk explores and illustrates many common beliefs, and why there are exceptions to all of them.

Evening Meeting Presentation: Twined Rag Rugs

This technique makes extremely durable and beautiful rugs using fabric for both warp and weft, requiring only common household materials and equipment. Hand-manipulated twining on a simple frame (or even without a frame) produces an astonishing variety of patterns not found in most other rag rugs, and which would be considerably more difficult to weave on a loom. Illustrated with examples from museum collections and embellished by stories of longtime rug twiners, this talk covers the worldwide history of this old folk craft. You, too, can join the twined rag rug revival!


BOBBI IRWIN WORKSHOP 1:  Shimmering Iridescent Scarves

Enjoy 1 day of learning and working with fellow fiber artists as Bobbi teaches the use of iridescence in weaving.  

You will learn about using open double weave on four or six shafts, you can weave scarves that glow throughout with four colors. This magical, color-shifting fabric might be the ultimate example of iridescence, incorporating both light reflection and light transmission through the layers! Your warp will be enough to weave two short cowl scarves, each weighing less than an ounce.  At the same time, you will be learning about factors that influence and enhance iridescence, for later reference. 

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022, 10am-4pm

Location: The Studio at 7950 N. 81st. Niwot, CO 

Class size: Limited to 12

Prerequisites/Experience: Advanced beginner weaver (basic skills and familiarity with the equipment) to intermediate or beyond; no prior experience with double weave needed. 

Equipment/Materials Provided by Participants: 4- or 8-shaft loom (no rigid heddle looms), prewarped with two colors of 20/2 mercerized cotton, with a weaving width of at least nine inches; standard tools, including two shuttles, tapestry (blunt) needle, bobbin winder (can be shared), two or more terrycloth towels to help stabilize the open-weave fabric. Yarn, color, and warping specifications will be provided in advance.

*Please note: HGB does rent a limited number of looms to HGB members.  Contact equipment.rental@handweaversofboulder.org at least three weeks in advance of workshop to inquire on availability of equipment.

Materials cost payable to instructor with cash or check on the day of the workshop: none

Workshop fee: $150 due on registration.  HGB provides workshops to members at cost as a membership benefit.


To register, click here: Shimmering Iridescent Scarves Workshop. If you cannot register online, you can download the registration form here. Mailed forms may take 2-4 weeks to process.


Please note:

HGB Members are given registration priority.  Click here to become an HGB Member.  Non-HGB Members will be placed on a waitlist and contacted two weeks prior to the workshop.

Disclaimers and Advisement: Wearing masks for CVD mitigation will be decided by the workshop teacher in conjunction with all state and local laws and regulations. Even if not required, the workshop leader may mandate mask wearing at all times. 

Cancellation/Refund policy: Workshop fees are payable to HGB and due with the registration form. Refunds are made only if another or (wait list) person can fill your space. If the workshop is canceled by HGB, you will receive a full refund. 


BOBBI IRWIN WORKSHOP 2:  Twined Rag Rugs (suitable for adults and youth ages 9+)

Enjoy a half day of learning and working with fellow fiber artists as Bobbi teaches twined rag rugs.  You will help to revive a disappearing folk art as you make a hot-pad sampler on a small frame, using fabric for both warp and weft. This sampler incorporates three pattern variations and gives you the expertise to make full-sized rugs. Twining makes extremely durable and beautiful rugs and requires only minimal equipment.

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2022, 1-5pm

Location: The Studio at 7950 N. 81st. Niwot, CO  

Class size: Limited to 12. 

Prerequisites/Experience: No twining or weaving experience is needed.  Ages 9+ welcome.  Suitable for all levels of weaving experience.

Equipment/Materials Provided by Participants: Weft fabrics, needles, thread, scissors, two safety pins, medium crochet hook, cutting mat & rotary cutter (can be shared).  More details to be provided by the instructor prior to the workshop.

Materials cost payable to instructor with cash or check on the day of the workshop: $10 for the frame (to keep) and warp fabric

Workshop Fee: $75 due on registration.  HGB provides workshops to members at cost as a membership benefit.


Special pricing: Register yourself for $75 and add any guest who is between the ages of 9 and 16 to the registration for $40 each.

To register, click here: Twined Rag Rugs Workshop. If you cannot register online, you can download the registration form here. Mailed forms may take 2-4 weeks to process.


Please note:

HGB Members are given registration priority.  Click here to become an HGB Member.  Non-HGB Members will be placed on a waitlist and contacted two weeks prior to the workshop.

Disclaimers and Advisement: Wearing masks for CVD mitigation will be decided by the workshop teacher in conjunction with all state and local laws and regulations. Even if not required, the workshop leader may mandate mask wearing at all times. 

Cancellation/Refund policy: Workshop fees are payable to HGB and due with the registration form. Refunds are made only if another or (wait list) person can fill your space. If the workshop is canceled by HGB, you will receive a full refund.


November- Boisali Biswas

 Day Meeting  November 14, 2022
Zoom - My Journey as a Fiber Artist
 Evening Meeting  November 15, 2022

Zoom - Materials and Techniques


Boisali Biswas – Mixed Media Fiber Artist

Boisali Biswas is a studio artist working in mixed-media fibers, born and brought up in India. Her formative undergraduate years were spent at Visva-Bharati University, founded by Rabindranath Tagore at Shantiniketan. The essence of that profound experience has stayed with her throughout her educational journey and continues to influence her work. She completed her MFA at Bowling Green State University. Living in this country for over 30 years and adapting to Western styles and inspirations in concert with her background, has made her art into a cauldron of multicultural assemblages that are unique and a feast for the eyes. 

Day Presentation: My Journey as a Fiber Artist

Boisali will describe her journey from an eclectic school in India where nature and every form of art was entwined in the way of life. That experience had a significant impact on her life and art. She has experimented with various techniques within the fiber medium combining her love of weaving and surface designing with fabrics. She will describe and present her different genres of mixed media fibers through the years and share examples of her work and exhibitions.

Evening Presentation: Materials and Techniques

Boisali loves to upcycle throwaway objects and give them a new life. She rarely goes out to buy materials unless she absolutely needs something and tries to conceive her work based on what is available in her studio. She will describe how she chooses materials and explain her techniques. She will show us her mixed media and functional weaving including wearables that she has created. She will highlight her process from choosing materials to the gorgeous, finished work.

https://www.boisalibiswas.com


December - Holiday Celebration and Ornament Exchange

 Day Meeting

 December 12, 2022
Holiday Celebration and Ornament Exchange
 Evening Meeting  December 13, 2022
Holiday Celebration and Ornament Exchange

Holiday Celebration and Ornament Exchange

The celebration starts with food -- of course!
• Please bring a ready to serve and easily shared food item - along with any utensils required for serving
• Feel free to bring your own dinnerware, utensils and napkins to reduce waste

Programs
Margaret Tullis
Jane McAtee

Ornament Exchange - A White Elephant Tradition
The HGB holiday white elephant is a handmade fiber art related ornament exchange, each participant brings one wrapped handmade fiber related ornament to the Holiday Celebration.

Once everyone is assembled, each person will draw a number. The person with number "one" chooses an ornament to unwrap. The person with number "two" has a choice: They may choose a new, wrapped ornament, or they may take the unwrapped ornament from the first person. If they take the ornament from the first person, that person chooses another ornament to unwrap. The person with the number "three" may choose any previously unwrapped ornament or a new, wrapped one. The game continues until all ornaments have been unwrapped and everyone has a gift.

The handmade fiber related ornament may be created by the member or acquired by other means.

January - Robbie LaFleur

Day Meeting January 16, 2023
Zoom - From Virgins to Spaceships - A Visual Voyage through Norwegian Tapestry
Evening Meeting
January 17, 2023
Zoom - Frida Hansen - A Norwegian Art Nouveau Artist in Wool

Robbie LaFleur

Robbie LaFleur, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been following a thread of Scandinavian textiles since she studied weaving at Valdres Husflidsskole in Fagernes, Norway in 1977. She continued her study with Scandinavian instructors at workshops in Norway and the U.S.

She was awarded the Gold Medal in Weaving from the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in 2006. She was a fellow with the Scandinavian American Foundation in 2019, and traveled to Stavanger, Norway, to study the wool transparency technique of famed artist Frida Hansen.

She recently completed a commission through a grant from the Nordic American Churches Preservation Project. Four tapestries for the Valley Grove Preservation Society in historical billedvev (Norwegian tapestry style) celebrate two historical churches in southern Minnesota.

Robbie coordinates the Weavers Guild of Minnesota Scandinavian Weavers Study Group and is the editor and publisher of the quarterly Norwegian Textile Letter.

Day Presentation: From Virgins to Spaceships: A Visual Voyage through Norwegian Tapestry

Evening Presentation: Frida Hansen - A Norwegian Art Nouveau Artist in Wool

https://robbielafleur.com/


February - To be announced

Day Meeting
February 13, 2023
Zoom
Evening Meeting
February 14, 2023
Zoom

March - To be announced

Day Meeting March 13, 2023

Evening Meeting March 14, 2023


April - To be announced

Day Meeting April 10, 2023

Evening Meeting April 11, 2023


May - To be announced

Day Meeting
May 8, 2023

Evening Meeting
May 9, 2023


Past Programs

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