Posts made in November, 2012

Peruvian Textiles at the Avenir Museum

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in News

Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands

February 21, 2013 – August 2, 2013

The Avenir Museum of Design & Merchandising is located at 150 Aylesworth Hall, SE on the campus of Colorado State University, Fort Collins.  The museum is pleased to present Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands. This exhibit will explore the vital traditions and transformations of weaving, spinning and dyeing in the Peruvian Highland villages. Textile traditions and current weaving culture of the nine communities associated with The Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco (CTTC), Peru will be the focus of this exhibition.

Third Thursday Lecture Series

Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m. – Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, Guest Co-Curator and Director of CTTC, presents the opening lecture Weaving Traditions in the Cusco Region. The lecture will be accompanied by a backstrap weaving demonstration and opening reception. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 28th, 7 p.m. – Marilyn Murphy, Guest Co-Curator and founding partner of ClothRoads, A Global Textile Marketplace, will explore Artisan Weaving Cooperatives and Their Sustainability into the Future. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 18th, 7 p.m. –Dr. Susan J. Torntore, Avenir Curator, weaves together The Historical Context of Peruvian Textiles. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Guest Curator Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez will offer two hands-on workshops in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. Each workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Saturday, February 23, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Andean Hat Knitting the Chinchero Style; Cost $100, lunch and materials included

Sunday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ñawi Awapa: A Tubular Edging for Textiles; Cost $60, materials included

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Spring Workshops Now Open to Members of All Guilds

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Workshops

Judy Lepthien, the RMWG Education Coordinator, announced this week that the RMWG workshops in February and March are now open to members of all guilds.  Please see the Programs & Workshops link for full descriptions of the workshops.  In February,  Nadine Sanders is teaching a half-day workshop called “Warping on a Shoestring”, and a two-day workshop called “Weaving that Sings”.    Peggy Doney is teaching two one-day workshops called “Spinning a Fabulous Yarn” and “Triad Dyeing” in March.


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The Lustre of Silk–The Excitement of Color

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Workshops

Karen Selk’s Silk Kaleidoscope workshop inspired all the participants to rush home and try brave new combinations of color and structure on their looms.  We learned not only about the Asian heritage of silk production, but also about the psychology and interactions of colors.   Here are a few photos from the workshop…..

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November Memorial Lecture: Karen Selk

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Programs

Silk Travel Vignettes of Asia

Karen invites you to participate in the lives, hardships, and joys of the cloth artisans of Asia.  The journey will be led through an extravaganza of visual images, handcrafted cloth and revealing tales of silkworm rearing, yarn making, dyeing and timeless weaving techniques.  Gain insight into cultural tradition and sustainable cottage industry development in villages scattered throughout Thailand, Laos, India, Burma, China, Vietnam, and Bhutan.

Karen has been a textile designer and artist since 1972.  Her primary focus has been weaving and fusing felt with silk.  A quest for knowledge of all aspects of silk has taken her throughout Asia researching the history and heritage of silk  traditions.  She travels and teaches, sharing her approach through lectures and workshops.  The cloth, culture and people of other countries as well as the life in Karen’s garden are the source of her creative spirit.

Silk Fusion
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2012 Fiber Arts Sale Huge Success!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in News

We want to personally thank all the Guild members who organized, helped, participated, demonstrated and shopped at our annual sale.  The final numbers should be available by the November meeting but we definitely made a nice profit! The artistry of the work in the sale was amazing as it always is and we feel honored to have been a part of this event as the sale co-chairs. We hope it was a good experience for everyone; however we would love to see more Guild members participate in the future.  Even with the economic uncertainty the past few years, people are still looking for beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade items for themselves and for gifts. We should all feel proud of our work representing the Guild and to have such a loyal following with our customers.

Bev Kajko & Carla Ray , SaleCo-Chairs

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