Programs and Workshops

February 10, 2021 | “Unraveling the Secrets of Silk” with Renate Maile-Moskowitz

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 am, Zoom Meeting Online

Renate Maile-Moskowitz

Renate will brighten up our northern February days with lecture on her ongoing silk explorations and her very modern applications.  She will show how an understanding of silk from the ground up can yield a variety of uniquely handmade products and artistic, non-commercial items.

This presentation will involve history including the new Silk Road which we are confronted with now.  It also entails her own history, as well as, her beautiful body of work.

March 10, 2021 | “Textile Travels in Italy: Weaving Traditions and Connections” with Gretchen Wheelock

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 am, Zoom Meeting Online

Gretchen Wheelock

After a textile tour in Tuscany and Umbria in 2018, I have a renewed appreciation of Italy’s long and rich history of hand-woven textiles, especially the pre-eminence of Florence in the production of fine silks. Among various hands-on experiences while there, I, along with three Guild mates, had the privilege of participating in a five-day workshop at the LISIO Foundation, where traditional methods of hand-weaving and design are preserved and taught using 19th-century Jacquard looms. Apart from an immersion in the true meaning of “slow cloth,” this experience helped me to see connections among various historical traditions as well as current-day efforts to preserve them. As armchair tourists, we will travel along a fiber trail from Milan to Perugia, tracing connections between past and present, tradition and fashion in the history of fine textiles.

Coming Up 2020 - 2021

Programs will be Zoom meetings through March.

April 14, 2021 - "John Campbell, Carpet Coverlet Weaver: A Historical Examination of Figured Coverlets in 19th Century Ontario" with Deborah Livingston-Lowe

May 12, 2021 -  "Double Rainbow" with Jennifer Moore

June 9, 2021 - Guild Picnic