February 2021 Program – Elizabeth Morisette – Using Fiber Art to Create Community

Elizabeth Morisette – Fiber Art From Upcycled Materials

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
February 2021 Day & Evening Program

 

Elizabeth Morisette has been exhibiting her weavings and sculptures for 25 years. In the fall of 2020 she was featured in Hyperallergic for her work in the University of Denver’s “Mask” exhibit. She has also been featured in American Craft Magazine, the Denver Post and the New York Times.

An important aspect of Morisette’s work is the use of repurposed materials. As a child she was constantly making environments out of found objects. Other people’s trash is truly her treasure!  She uses upcycled materials such as bottle caps, hair rollers, and bread tabs in her work.  These items are not only readily available, but also add whimsy and a larger message to her work.

She explains: Materials inspire me.  Every work I make starts with a box of ‘stuff’ often set aside as trash by many.  My quest is to make this pile of stuff into a beautiful weaving or vessel. Using pieces with history draws viewers in to experience objects in a new manner. The viewer is invited to remember a time, place, or person that they once knew. Though the objects are common, the memory invoked by the work is as varied as the individuals who view them.

Bringing art to the community is also an important part of Morisette’s career. Currently, she works as the Education Coordinator at the Museum of Art Fort Collins. Previously she has held positions at Marilyn State Arts council, The JCC of Greater Baltimore, Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College and The Denver Art Museum. Morisette is a graduate of NCSU College of Design and received a Master’s Degree from Maryland Institute College of Art.

• Materiality:  Material Based Basketry
Morisette will discuss her basketry work and installations that incorporate a variety of alternative materials.  The presentation will include a question and answer session at the end to further discuss process and materials and their place in the Art and Craft of Basketry.

• Weaving a Community:  Using Fiber Art to Create Community
Morisette will discuss some of her Community Engagement work.  By using textiles as a medium, she teaches the Community about the concepts in the Museum's exhibits through installations and hands-on activities.  Historically, textiles have often been an entry for Community Members to engage one another while learning new techniques.  Morisette uses these Textile processes to help communities creatively tell their own stories.

More of Elizabeth’s work can be viewed at elmorisette.com


  • February 8, 2021 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Materiality:  Material Based Basketry
  • February 9, 2021 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    Weaving a Community:  Using Fiber Art to Create Community
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

January 2021 Program – Linda Cortright – Wild Fibers

Wild Fibers Magazine

Linda Cortright – Wild Fibers

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
January 2021 Day & Evening Program

 

As editor and publisher of Wild Fibers Magazine, Linda Cortright has traveled to the seven continents, pursuing the role of natural fibers in remote and indigenous communities. Cortright’s experience led her to serve on the Steering Committee of the International Year of Natural Fibres, a global initiative sponsored by the United Nations in Rome, and ongoing work with the IWTO (International Wool and Textile Association).

In 2015, Cortright opened the first —and only— cashmere spinning and weaving center in the High Himalayas, The Pangong Craft Center, providing employment to more than 130 semi-nomadic women. In November 2020, Cortright published her first book, The Eye of Fiber: an uncommon story from around the world, focusing on the impact of culture, climate, and politics within the fiber industry.

• Wild Fibers from Alaska to Afghanistan
From the largest to the smallest fiber animal, natural fibers play a vital role in sustaining women and community in extraordinary ways, including Oomingmak, the Alaskan knitting cooperative started in 1968 that exclusively uses qiviut, to a silk weaving company in northern Afghanistan, which began under Taliban rule. Plus, a look at New Zealand’s wool industry, which has had to adopt new strategies due to a decline in the global demand for wool, the consequences of which stand to have tremendous environmental impact in an area increasingly stressed for natural resources.

• The Real Polar Fleece: the unusual history of natural fibers from Antarctica to the Arctic
Prior to the advent of the now ubiquitous “polar fleece,” (which contains not a thread of natural fiber), fibers from the polar regions have predominantly been in the form of skins and hides. By the strangest of all coincidences, and a near catastrophe, the story of seal wool from the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia during the early 1800s has now come to the fore as the result of Cortright’s first trip to Antarctica in 2018.  Meanwhile, to the north… the far north, on Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic, the last known place where the musk ox roamed alongside the wooly mammoth during the last Ice Age approximately 40,000 years ago, Cortright explores this remote outpost in a gigantic moon vehicle accompanied by two Russian rangers in search of the largest fiber animal that produces the finest fleece.

Both lectures are filled with magnificent photography, delightful anecdotes, and Cortright’s irrepressible blend of humor and heart.

For more information: www.wildfibersmagazine.com


  • January 11, 2021 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Wild Fibers from Alaska to Afghanistan
  • January 12, 2020 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    The Real Polar Fleece: the unusual history of natural fibers from Antarctica to the Arctic
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

December 2020 Program – Marilyn Romatka – Uzbek Ikat

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Marilyn Romatka – Uzbek Ikat

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
December 2020 Day & Evening Program

 

Marilyn has a passion for folk art. She has a long history of teaching spinning, weaving, and other ethnic crafts to both children and adults throughout the Pacific Northwest and at national crafting conferences.

Her passion is to kindle the love for the beauty that we can create with just our hands and a few simple tools.

A new website for streaming of her classes is now live. Visit Taproot Video a co-operative of national instructors.

• Uzbek Ikat: The Personal Saga of an Exceptional Cloth
Experience the exotic in your own hometown; travel to Central Asia in this multi-media presentation. We have all seen Uzbek Ikat on the runway in New York and London, now travel back to Uzbekistan with Marilyn to watch the process of its production. Each thread manipulated, dyed, and woven into exquisite cloth–truly hand-crafted.

• The Handicrafts of Gujarat
Travel to India in this multi-media presentation. We weavers and crafters will delight in items crafted by the human hand and the traditional crafts found in the state of Gujarat are a wealthy inheritance all makers can enjoy. Weaving techniques, pit looms, silk, and camel throughout!

Learn more about Marilyn by visiting her website: taprootsfolkart.com

Photo & Credits: Taproot Video


  • December 14, 2020 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Uzbek Ikat: The Personal Saga of an Exceptional Cloth
  • December 15, 2020 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    The Handicrafts of Gujarat
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

HGB Artist Members at Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Market

Foothills Art Center 2020 Holiday Art Market

Visit HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale Artists

November 20 – December 29, 2020

Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm   Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Foothills Art Center
809 15th Street, Golden, Colorado 80401

Thursday hours are reserved for FAC members

Please consult website for COVID considerations

Timed tickets and curbside pick up available


One-of-a-kind juried artisan crafted gifts supporting Colorado artists and the non-profit Foothills Art Center.

While the HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale has been postponed until 2021 we hope you will visit and enjoy the work of HGB members as they participate in local events.

 


Browse in a relaxed gallery atmosphere while observing COVID 19 mask and social distancing precautions.

Fiber Arts | Weaving | Quilting | Basketry | Knitting and Crochet | Felting | Handcrafted Clothing | Ornaments | Jewelry | Cards | Pottery | Woodworking


November 2020 Program – Gayle Roehm – Japanese Knitting

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Gayle Roehm – Japanese Knitting

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
November 2020 Day & Evening Program

 

Gayle teaches knitting classes around the country, with a focus on using Japanese patterns. She loves to introduce knitters to the pleasures of Japanese designs, and her knowledge of the subject is unmatched.

Her article about Japanese knitting appeared in Knitter’s Magazine in 1997, and was among the first information to appear in English on the topic. She prepared the Japanese section of the book Knitting Languages, and for some time she was the translator for Dancing Fibers, importer of Diakeito yarn.

Now that Japanese books and magazines are readily available online, Gayle has been teaching knitters across the country how to understand and enjoy these intriguing designs. She has taught for Stitches events, Interweave Knitting Lab, Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, Vogue Knitting Live, Knitter’s Connection and numerous other national, regional and guild events.

Her designs for garments and accessories have appeared in Knitter’s Magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and for yarn companies such as Jamieson & Smith. She is a member of Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in Alexandria, VA, where she sells her original handknits.

 

Learn more about Gayle by visiting her website: gayleroehm.com


  • November 9, 2020 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Hand Knitting Design in Japan — slide show
  • November 10, 2020 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    Behind the scenes: translated Japanese knitting books
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale

A Celebration of Fiber Art
Juried Showcase Exhibit
2020 Showcase Theme – Colorful Colorado

We regret to inform our loyal patrons and friends that the 2020 Fiber Art Show & Sale will be unable to proceed this year due to COVID-19 concerns impacting our communities.

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you November 3-7, 2021!

 

Techniques
Appliqué & Quilting • Basketry • Bead Weaving • Dyeing & Surface Design • Embroidery • Felting • Fiber, Yarn & Tools • Knit & Crochet • Lace & Knotting • Handmade Paper • Handspinning • Weaving

Sample Categories
Accessories • Jewelry • Baby & Children’s Items •Clothing • Footwear • Hats • Scarves • Mittens • Home Accessories • Kitchen Textiles • Placemats • Potholders • Wall Hangings • Pet Accessories • Yarn & Fiber • Holiday Items • Cards


October 2020 Program – Kathy Hattori – Natural Fiber Dyeing

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Kathy Hattori – Natural Fiber Dyeing
Botanical Colors

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
October 2020 Day & Evening Program

 

The way that conventional color is applied to clothes is broken. “Wet processing” as industrial dyeing is called, is one of the top polluters in the world, consuming enormous amounts of energy, water and petrochemical based colorants.

Botanical Colors supplies artisans and industry with the materials and know-how to dye textiles in a way that uses less water, is non-toxic and biodegradeable and draws its incomparable color palette from humble plants and natural sources. All colors are sustainably derived, many from agricultural and food waste products.

Botanical Colors studios are located in Seattle, Washington where they offer production dyeing and do fulfillment.

Botanical Colors offers guidance, support and consulting for emerging designers, brands and artisans. Feedback Friday is a weekly online series providing hour-long video discussions with guest experts.

 

Learn more about Kathy by visiting her website: https://botanicalcolors.com/


  • October 12, 2020 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
  • October 13, 2020 – Night Guild Meeting 8:00 pm
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

HGB Artist Members at Harlequin’s Gardens Holiday Gift Market

Harlequin’s Gardens Holiday Gift Market

Harlequin’s Gardens 9th Annual Holiday Gift Market

Visit HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale Artists

October 3-30, 2020   Tuesday – Sunday • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Harlequin’s Gardens
4795 North 26th Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301

 


HGB Member and Harlequin’s Co-Owner Eve Brawner hosts a carefully curated, locally crafted gift market in North Boulder providing an opportunity to visit artisans you may recognize from the HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale.

While the HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale has been postponed until 2021 we hope you will visit and enjoy the work of HGB members as they participate in local events.


Browse in a charming , relaxed atmosphere while observing COVID 19 mask and social distancing precautions.

Fiber Arts | Weaving | Handcrafted Clothing | Ornaments | Cards

Ceramics | Books | Organic Body Care |Specialty Foods | Sustainable Goods

 


September 2020 Program – Jennifer Moore – Doubleweaver

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Jennifer Moore – Doubleweaver

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
September 2020 Day & Evening Program

Jennifer Moore is widely known for her luminous color graduations and distinctive designs that are at once both balanced and dynamic.

Her love of the ancient art of doubleweave is her trademark. She has traveled extensively teaching workshops and giving programs in color and geometric design. Jennifer has also authored several books on those subjects, most recently DoubleWeave: Revised and Expanded, Interweave Press, 2019.

You will also find many of her articles in Handwoven and other publications. She currently maintains a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops in weaving and design.

Learn more about Jennifer by visiting her website: doubleweaver.com


  • September 14, 2020 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
  • September 15, 2020 – Night Guild Meeting 8:00 pm
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

Curious About the Sale? Complying with Standards

Curious About the Sale?

Complying with Standards – presented by the HGB Sale Technology Committee

Saturday August 29, 2020 – 1:00pm
Zoom Reservations–salehelp@handweaversofboulder.org

 

Open to HGB members and those potential members who wish to better understand the ins and outs of participating in the annual Sale.

Learn about our Standards procedures, and how the Guild ensures that every item offered for sale is appropriate for the Sale, is well executed, and is ready to be sold. We strongly encourage everyone attending to bring to the meeting examples of items they’re considering selling to see if they’re appropriate. A significant part of the session will be for participants to interact with the Standards Coordinator.

 


The HGB Sale Technology Committee is hosting a series of sessions this summer concerning participation in Annual Show & Sale. The sessions are open to prospective HGB members as well as current members. Four different topics will be covered over the course of this summer and early fall:

  • Sale 101: An Overview
  • Complying with the Standards
  • Using the Different Computer Programs
  • What to Expect at Check-In and Check-Out

Because of the current social distancing requirements, the session will be held via Zoom.

We are very happy to work individually ahead of time with anyone who hasn’t yet had experience with using Zoom.

If you’d like to attend any or all of these sessions, email salehelp@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom meeting details, and do please let us know in that email if you’d like some help setting up Zoom. We hope to see many people at the meetings. And don’t forget to “bring” examples of your prospective inventory to the Standards session!


Here are the descriptions of the programs:

Sale 101: An Overview
An introduction to the Sale, with information about how to join the Guild, what Standards is about, working shifts and why to do so even if you’re not selling anything, the overall time frame and deadlines, and the Showcase. There’ll be photos of previous sales at the beginning, and plenty of time for Q & A throughout and at the end.

Complying with the Standards
Learn about our Standards procedures, and how the Guild ensures that every item offered for sale is appropriate for the Sale, is well executed, and is ready to be sold. We strongly encourage everyone attending to bring to the meeting examples of items they’re considering selling to see if they’re appropriate. A significant part of the session will be for participants to interact with the Standards Coordinator.

Using the Different Computer Programs
There are a number of computer programs our Sale artists need to use: the Artist Data Entry (ADE) program for entering your Sale inventory and creating bar code labels, the WhenToWork program for signing up to work shifts, the ConsignorAccess program for tracking your sales during the Sale. The Sale Technology Committee folk will lead you through each of these programs, show you where to find them and how to use them, and how to get extra help if you want it. In this program, you’ll also learn about the different shifts that are available for you to work in support of the Sale.