November 2022 Program- Boisali Biswas – Mixed Media Fiber Artist

Boisali Biswas – Mixed Media Fiber Artist

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
November 2022 Day & Evening Program

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.

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.

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

More details on the HGB Website


  • November 14, 2022 – Guild Day Meeting 10:00 am
    My Journey as a Fiber Artist
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  • November 15, 2022 – Guild Evening Meeting 7:00 pm
    Materials and Techniques
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2022 HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale – November 2-6, 2022

Welcome to Colorado’s premier fall art and craft celebration
the Fiber Art Show & Sale of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder.

November 2-6, 2022
Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 3pm

Boulder County Fairgrounds
9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, Colorado


Free Admission – Free Parking

Colorado’s Finest Fiber Art Event
100+ Guild Member Artists
Demonstrations

Juried Showcase Exhibit
2022 Theme – “I make things because I must”
Call for Entry Deadline – October 1, 2022
Membership required by September 13, 2022.


 

Represented techniques

Weaving • Felting • Knitting & Crochet • Bead Weaving • Lace & Knotting • Basketry • Embroidery • Appliqué & Quilting • Handspinning • Dyeing & Surface Design • Handmade Paper

Sample items

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


It is our hope that you will spend a few moments exploring the hgbsale.org site, learning more about the fiber artists of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder and the Fiber Art Show & Sale.


October 2022 Program Bobbie Irwin – Weaving Iridescence

HGB October 2022 Program – B. Iwrin

Bobbie Irwin – Weaving – There’s no excuse to get bored!

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
October 2022 Day & Evening Program

Bobbie Irwin’s fascination with weaving started in 1973, when a brief magazine article introduced her to inkle weaving. For years she happily worked on her own, using homemade equipment and with only a couple classes, few books, and no other weavers around for inspiration. It wasn’t until she joined a guild in 1982 that she really started learning, and she thanks that guild for gently pushing her in new directions.

Learn more about Bobbi at https://www.bobbieirwin.com


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.

Bobbie Irwin associated workshop 
Shimmering Iridescent Scarves
October 8, 2022 – 10am-4pm
Workshop fee: $150.00
Niwot, Colorado

Details at – https://handweaversofboulder.org/event-4885184


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!

Bobbie Irwin associated workshop 
Twined Rag Rugs
October 9, 2022 – 1-5pm
Workshop fee: $75.00
Niwot, Colorado

Details at https://handweaversofboulder.org/event-4885141


  • October 10, 2022 – Guild Day Meeting 10:00 am
    Shimmering Colors: The Magic of Iridescence
  • October 11, 2022 – Guild Evening Meeting 7:00 pm
    Twined Rag Rugs
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public and held at the Mountain View Methodist Church
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Eco Printing Workshop with Susan Brooks

Eco Printing Workshop with Susan Brooks

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
Susan Brooks – Textile Artist • Author • Teacher
September 17-18, 2022

Enjoy two days of learning and working with fellow fiber artists as Susan teaches the basics of transferring plant images onto paper, fabrics, and sketchbooks.

Areas covered in workshop –

• the chemistry of eco-dyeing

• what works and what does not!

• pre and post mordants and dyes

• both pre dyeing papers and using dye pots to transfer colors

• using thickened dyes to transfer images from thermofax screens, stencils, or stamps

Learn more about Susan at https://susanbrookstextileartist.com


Saturday/Sunday – September 17 & 18, 2022
Workshop fee: $140.00
The workshop will take place at Susan’s studio in Louisville.
Maximum 10 attendees.

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

Register online – https://handweaversofboulder.org/event-4800960

 


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September 2022 Program – Susan Brooks – Textile Artist, Author Teacher

HGB September 2022 Program – S. Brooks

Susan Brooks – Textile Artist • Author • Teacher

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
September 2022 Day & Evening Program

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.

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. Women have profoundly influenced her art 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.

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.

Learn more about Susan at https://susanbrookstextileartist.com


  • September 12, 2022 – Guild Day Meeting 10:00 am
    I Hear Your Voice:  Art Inspired By Listening To Marginalized Women
  • September 13, 2022 – Guild Evening Meeting 7:00 pm
    The Healing Art Of Hand Stitch
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public and held at the Mountain View Methodist Church
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May 2022 Program – Al Canner – Cavandoli Weaving, Macramé & Knotting

Al Canner – Cavandoli Weaving, Macramé & Knotting

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
May 2022 Day & Evening Program

 

Al Canner began creating macramé works, both wall-hanging and sculptural, in the 1970s. Since his retirement from professional pursuits in 2013, he has devoted much of his energy to knotting, usually producing five or six works each year. His pieces have been shown at local, national, and international juried exhibits.

Beyond Plant Hangers and Owls: Knotting in Three Dimensions

Al will discuss the kind of knotting that he does (known alternately as Cavandoli weaving/knotting/macramé) and show selected pieces from his body of work, highlighting techniques that he has developed over the years and demonstrating the result of innovative approaches, such as juxtaposing cords of significantly different gauge.

The Power of the Double Half-Hitch

Building upon the themes introduced in the morning talk to the Guild, Al will delve into the various techniques that he has developed—or, in some cases, stumbled upon—in his knotting journey. Included will be various techniques for mounting cord and beginning a work, for creating bulges and indentations, for fashioning corners and curves, and for finishing.

Learn more about Al at https://www.cannerfiberart.com/


  • May 9, 2022 – Guild Day Meeting 10:00 am
    Beyond Plant Hangers and Owls: Knotting in Three Dimensions
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  • May 10, 2022 – Guild Evening Meeting 7:00 pm
    The Power of the Double Half-Hitch
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April 2022 Program – Liz Spear – Handwoven Art to Wear

Liz Spear – Handwoven Art to Wear

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
April 2022 Day & Evening Program

 

Liz Spear is a maker of handwoven fabrics, and more recently has been incorporating nuno felt into her designer creations as well as surface design fabrics from fellow fiber artists. These collaborations, known as Liz Spear & Friends invigorate her creativity and emphasize the one-of-a-kind nature of her clothing. She exhibits these garments mostly in North Carolina as well as the HGA Convergence conference.

She grew up in Minnesota, in the Mississippi River Valley attending Winona State and St. Cloud State University. She became a full- time craftswoman in 1978, working with clay. While in Iowa she made “pots” in the Earthworks studio of Alexander.  During that time her weaving interests prompted her to collect yarn, threads, fabrics, looms and begin weaving a few rag rugs.  In 1992, Liz attended Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program in Western North Carolina, where she developed her studio practice of weaving yardage and cutting and sewing that yardage into comfortable, classic garments for women.

Liz spends part of each year teaching and mentoring students through workshops and demonstrations. She is a member of Southern Highlands Craft Guild. She has taught at John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland School of Craft, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

More of Liz’s work can be viewed at lizspearhandwoven.com

Photo & Credits: Liz Spear


  • April 11, 2022 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Run…away Fashion from the Hands of Makers
    A trunk show of inspiration
    Email president@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information
  • April 12, 2022 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    Composing and Combining Textiles
    An evening chat with Liz
    Email eveningchair@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information
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March 2022 Program – Karen Pierce – 44 Years of Basketmaking

HGB March 2022 Program – K. Pierce

Karen Pierce – Taking Stock: 44 Years of Basketmaking

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
March 2022 Day & Evening Program

 

Karen Pierce – Willow Bend Studios – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Karen uses traditional basket weaving techniques and materials from around the world in unconventional ways to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She weaves free hand without molds and color the fibers with dye or paint.

Weaving is a slow and rhythmic process that is like a form of meditation. As a piece grows, she loves to watch seemingly lifeless materials join to form a new body of their own with a unique look, touch and smell.

HGB March 2022 Program – K. Pierce

Karen Pierce started weaving baskets when she was in her mid-twenties. Four-plus decades later, she and ceramist husband Marc Jenesel create one-of-a-kind Raku and woven fiber sculpture in their studios in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They show their work at galleries and high-end juried craft exhibitions in the U.S. Karen will share with us her journey of applying what she has learned to her own unique style of fiber art.

More details on the HGB website – www.handweaversofboulder.org

 


  • March 14, 2022 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Growth and Change
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  • March 15, 2022 – Evening Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    Learning to Adapt
    Email eveningchair@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – non-members please email the appropriate contact link for Zoom access information.

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2022 Colorado Weavers Day – Craft & Community

Colorado Weavers Day will be here before you know it!

The Handweavers Guild of Boulder is the host for the 2022 Colorado Weavers Day events.

Colorado Weavers Day, is an exciting time to meet other weavers and spinners across our state, learn what other guilds are doing, and be inspired by our wonderful crafts of weaving and spinning.

Our theme this year, Craft and Community, along with our terrific line up of speakers, will be inspirational and energizing.


Event Fee: $20.00 – two-day Zoom presentation – open to the public

Register Online: Register with a credit card on-line until May 4, 2022 
https://handweaversofboulder.org/cwd.html

Register by Mail: Download form and register by mail until April 15, 2022
https://handweaversofboulder.org/resources/Documents/cwd2022/CWD2022-registration-form.pdf

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February 2022 Program – Carol James – The Sprang Lady

HGB February 2022 Program – C. James

Carol James – The Sprang Lady – Low-tech Textile Methods

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
February 2022 Day & Evening Program

 

Carol James has been exploring low-tech textile methods for 30 years focusing more recently on the technique called sprang. She has examined sprang items in collections across the US and Europe, and is known for her ability to replicate these historic textiles. She has created modern garments deemed worthy of the Handweavers Guild of America fashion show.

Carol has taught in Canada, the US, Europe, and New Zealand. Students describe her as patient, knowledgeable, and passionate. She spent much of her COVID time charting sprang lace designs and writing instruction sheets. She is the author of numerous articles, 4 books, and 2 instructional DVDs.

More details on the HGB website

Learn more about Carol at https://www.spranglady.com/