Outreach

Opportunities for the guild to interact with the community

Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Outreach

Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center– Fairplay, CO

“Supporting and promoting awareness in people of all ages about green energy generation, conservation of the environment, native wildlife and plant life, horticulture and domestic livestock.”

We are a resource for teaching about sustainable practices and we are looking for a way to use fiber, as well as to teach others about the fiber and animals and tie it into sustainable practices. We use the beans for fertilizer in our greenhouse, mostly hydroponic applications. If we could encourage a group in our area, we have some teachers and others interested in learning fiber arts. The fiber artists I have as contacts are all so super busy, they would love to do something but time is restrictive.

I have a 8 harness loom, a warp board, am borrowing the Montessori Louet wheel, have a smaller loom for kids, and drop spindle and wet and needle felting supplies. I have the warp to set up for a rug on the loom ready to go.

If you are interested in teaching classes or workshops in the fiber arts, contact

Kirsten Springer, Managing Director
Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center
2234 Busch Run Rd, PO Box 995
Fairplay, CO 80440
office: 719-838-0431
home office: 719-836-1543
cell: 970-389-4833

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Wooly Workshop at the Colorado History Museum

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in News, Outreach

SAVE THE DATE!

Wednesday, March 27th, is right in the middle of spring vacation for many of the schools in Denver area.  The Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild has been invited to share our knowledge of wool at a workshop sponsored by the Colorado History Museum. It will be called the “Wooly Workshop”. We are asking for volunteers. There will be two 2 hour workshops; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  There will be about 28 persons in each class and not all children. Let me know if you are interested in this opportunity, we would like at least 6 volunteers in each class.  Contact Meri Moller if interested 303-367-1102 or mermoe@aol.com

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National Western Stock Show — Jan. 12 – 27, 2013

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Outreach

Demonstrating at the National Western Stock Show each January is considered by some Guild members to be the highlight of their year. It is a 16-day opportunity to demonstrate our arts of spinning and weaving to the public. The Stock Show is a well-attended event featuring livestock and sundry related interests at the Stock Show complex at the intersection of I’s 25 and 70. It’s like an indoor People’s Fair with an agricultural bent.

For the past three years Rocky Mountain Weavers’ Guild has partnered with the Colorado State University Agriculture Department in their AgAdventure area where we are able to create the segue from live animals to fiber-related arts and products. The AgAdventure area is located on the third floor of the Education Building, where we share space with various agricultural commodity groups such as the sugar-beet and wheat growers, egg producers, and 4-H.

Meri Moller and Audrey Cheadle will sign people up to fill time slots for morning and afternoon shifts from January 12 through 27. All are invited to fill one or several of these shifts as a Weaver or as a Spinner. If you prefer to weave, the Guild loom will be available for your demo use. If you prefer to spin, you are invited to bring your own wheel and fiber. Each volunteer receives a free admissions pass and a parking pass to a nearby lot. The admissions pass of course allows each volunteer to roam the grounds before and after their shift and provides access to countless vendors, including several alpaca ranches, as well as the animal-judging events. Tickets for rodeos can be purchased separately.

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Holiday Sale at the Botanic Garden

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Outreach

The guild has been offered the incredible opportunity to establish a relationship with the Denver Botanic Gardens.

We have been invited to demonstrate spinning and weaving during the Gardens’ annual Holiday Sale on Nov. 9 & 10. The Urban Farm will also have sheep and alpacas at the demo.

In addition, Chuck McGlothlin, the Garden’s Gift Shop manager, has expressed an interest in purchasing handcrafted items from Guild members to sell in the gift shop.

Chuck will be looking for handcrafted items he thinks will be attractive to gift shop customers for the winter season. He will purchase items at “wholesale” which means that he will most likely double the price of the work he purchases. This is standard procedure in the retail business world. Guild members interested in selling to the gift shop should meet at the Botanic Gardens gift shop on Sunday, October 28th at 2pm.

Buying handcrafted goods from local artisans for the gift shop is a new venture for Chuck. It would be helpful if members present consistent prices for similar types of items you wish to sell.

There may be other ways we can be involved in events at the Gardens in the future. It’s important that we, as representatives of our Guild, present ourselves as professional artisans offering high quality goods at fair market prices.

This opportunity to be a part of the Holiday Sale at the Gardens will, hopefully, be the start of a long and productive relationship with the Botanic Gardens.

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Denver Art Museum Brain Storming Session

Posted by on Oct 21, 2012 in Outreach

On Nov. 9th the Denver Art Museum is having an Untitled community brainstorming session to plan for our 2013 season. In the summer of 2013, the art museum will be focusing its exhibitions and programs on the field of textiles and we are looking to find community partners. We hope you can make it to this event, and if you know of other creatives who should come, please invite them!

Meet Here: An Evening of Untitled Idea Brewing and Creative Criss-Cross
Friday, November 9th, 6-8 pm
Ponti Hall, Level 1, North Building

Use the DAM collections as your inspiration, the program as your platform – we’re looking for local creatives to bring the ideas and the know-how to the 2013 season of Untitled. Every month, Untitled is produced with community partners from all disciplines, including: chefs and crafters, artists and architects, writers and musicians.

Come to our open-house style event to hear about the 2013 themes and brainstorm ways we can collaborate. Meet other creatives and share your wild ideas. Hear about MakeARTtalk, our monthly series that invites local creatives to find inspiration in the DAM collections and make a new work to share with Untitled visitors. Jeanne Connolly, from Denver Design Incubator, will share her experience as one of the MakeARTtalk creatives from Untitled #45 (Haute).

We’ll also be doing some speed brainstorming sessions, based on the DAM’s upcoming exhibition schedule and the Untitled themes. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there will be snacks.

We hope you can make it – please RSVP to Jaime: jkopke@denverartmuseum.org

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