BACKSTRAP WEAVING OF POZAHUANCOS: A PRESENTATION BY STEFFENIE KIRKPATRICK
The pozahuanco (also called a nahua) is a traditional wrap skirt worn by the Mixtec women of western Oaxaca, Mexico. It is woven on a backstrap looms
in stripes of blue, purple and scarlet. In its original traditional form, a Mixtec pozahuanco is woven of cotton dyed dark blue with indigo and purple with shellfish, and silk that has been dyed scarlet with cochineal. Today, women also use commercially dyed and spun yarn, but most are still woven by hand on backstrap looms. On a trip to Oaxaca, Steffenie was fortunate to observe, and in some cases participate, in all the phases of fiber production, dyeing, and weaving that ultimately produce a pozahuanco.
The March 9 Guild meeting will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
345 Bear-Christiana Rd (Rt. 7), Bear, DE 19701
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
345 Bear-Christiana Rd (Rt. 7), Bear, DE 19701
Myra Reichel is a hand tapestry weaver. She has been weaving since 1970 and has exhibited weavings and tapestries at museums, galleries, craft fairs, wholesale markets, and other venues. Ms. Reichel had two artist’s residencies through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and I has taught classes at the PGHW, The Wallingford Art Center, and the Media Friends School. Ms. Reichel was a student at the Philadelphia College of Art. Myra is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, was one ofthe top 500 American Craft Council crafts persons on the East Coast for at least five years, and has exhibited in solo and group exhibits in galleries and museums.
Myra’s Tapestries are currently on view at the Workerman Gallery, 4031 Cresson
Street Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA and at the Reiki Healing Center in Media, PA.
A beautiful, informative and fun slide talk presentation full of tips & techniques for your photography.
Whether you are falling in love with photography now, or you’re picking up a camera again after a break, or even if you prefer to use your phone’s camera—guaranteed you’ll learn something.
We’ll cover basic concepts in making your digital photography images look great, concentrating on camera use techniques and tricks to photograph textiles, knits, clothing, handcrafts and processes, fiber & texture. We’ll talk about choosing backgrounds, colors, how to work with available light. The talk will also include how to photograph people—your friends, family, strangers—modeling your work, whether it be sewn, knit, woven or other media.
Gale Zucker is a commercial & editorial photographer who happens to be a fiber artist, knitter and crafter.
She calls upon her two decades+ of professional photography experience for companies and magazines to solve any problem—technical or visual—that comes up. With “insider knowledge” as a knitter and narrative visual style she calls Real People in Real Places, she showcases fiber,
handknits, crafts, patterns and yarn. Her images have a fresh, colorful look with maximum appeal.
Gale is the coauthor/photographer of the knitting/fiber arts/ handmade lifestyle books Shear Spirit and CraftActivism, both from Random House. She also photographed the bestselling Mason Dixon:Knitting Outside the Lines, WearwithAll and just completed shooting a book tbp September 2016 for Random House with Kirsten Kapur and Mary Lou Egan coauthoring. Her clients also include Vogue Knitting, yarn companies and knitwear designers.
Gale has been teaching Photography for Knitters/Makers workshops on Interweave webinars, and atfestivals, events, guilds and yarn shops around the United States, since 2009.
Jennifer Moore – Doubleweave Diversity for 4 and 8 Shafts – 3 day workshop
Learn all about the magic of doubleweave! In this workshop participants will weave a sampler that explores weaving two independent layers of cloth, double-width cloth, tubular weaving, color-and-weave effects, pique, quilting and doubleweave pick-up. Students with 8-shaft looms will also be able to weave samples of 2-block doubleweave techniques in checkerboard, windows and double-blocks. Graphing designs and working with multiple colors will be introduced. These techniques can then be taken home to create clothing, sculptural pieces, decorative hangings and whatever else the imagination can dream of.
Students will bring a 4-shaft or 8-shaft loom warped according to instructions
Terry was a member of Fiber Guild and is now with the Arts Alliance and Director of Retail at The Delaware Contemporary. The program will be about what to make and what will sell as well as give advice on how to price a woven item for sale. Feel free to bring one of your fiber/woven items and Terry will give advice on pricing.
Our September Guild Meeting will take place at
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts 200 South Madison Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801
On Thursday morning, March 10, 2016, Linda Hartshorn will give a presentation to the guild titled “Indigo: the Natural Way to Get the Blues”. The program will be held at the Brown Horticultural Education Building at the Winterthur Estate (directions are on page 4 of the guild newsletter, Looming Items). Continue reading “Linda Hartshorn program at Winterthur”