This quote is attributed to Greek philosopher Aristotle and suggests that a group of things is more effective than individual things.
So it is with a conference.
If you took one or two things at a conference, you wouldn't have the complete experience. To do it all provides so much more in terms of knowledge acquired, inspiration, creativity.
Our theme Confluences references this concept in part, recognizing that textiles are made up of parts and only by bringing all those parts together do we benefit completely.
|Michelle Boyd||Four Fine Fibres, Four Fine Yarns||15|
|Tien Chiu||Color Courage: Color and Weave Structure||15|
|Maureen Faulkner||Elements of Design for Textile Artists||10|
|Abby Franquemont||Andean Backstrap Weaving||20|
|Alison Irwin||Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow||12|
|Bob Keates||Fibreworks for Multi-Shaft Weaving||24|
|Mary Lessman||Colours from Nature||12|
|Kim McKenna||The Distaff||10|
|Syne Mitchell||Woven Shibori on the Rigid Heddle Loom||12|
|Coleen Nimetz||Silk: the Temptress Unraveled||20|
|Elizabeth Schatz||Fair Isle Knitting||12|
|Robyn Spady||Extreme Warp Makeover||15|
|Jane Stafford||Huck of a Good Time||12|
|Laurie Steffler||Nuno Felt and Dye Painting Workshop||12|
|Diana Twiss||Colour Exploration||12|
Our workshop instructors embody our theme in their personal textile practice.
I don't know all of the skills they have, these are just the ones I know...
Michelle Boyd - dyes, spins, knits, weaves
Tien Chiu - dyes, weaves
Janet Dawson - spins, knits, weaves
Maureen Faulkner - crochets, weaves
Abby Franquemont - dyes, spins, weaves
Alison Irwin - spins, weaves, braids
Bob Keates - supports weavers by creating weaving software
Mary Lessman - dyes, spins, weaves, novice bobbin lace maker
Kim McKenna - dyes, spins, knits, weaves
Syne Mitchell - dyes, spins, knits, weaves
Coleen Nimetz - dyes, spins, knits
Elizabeth Schatz - knits, nalbinding
Robyn Spady - weaves, braids
Jane Stafford - weaves, dyes
Laurie Steffler - felts, dyes
Bernadette Thompson - sews, dyes
Diana Twiss - spins, knits
Sarah Wroot - spins, sews
And that's just our workshop instructors. We also have some that are doing seminars only.
A conference such as ANWG offers every second year generally covers all of those listed above and sometimes others. The range of weaving alone can be further broken down to tapestry, or velvet, or draw loom. But it is rare you can find All The Things at any given conference unless it's a very large one.
So we chose instructors and topics we felt would be interesting. Some are uncommon - like the workshop on spinning with a distaff. Some are more common, but not everyone can make it to every conference, nor may they have access to workshops. So again, we looked for a broad range of topics and skill level accessibility.
But a conference is more than the scheduled events. It is also the social interactions that happen during the unscheduled times - meal time, coffee breaks, viewing the exhibits. This is the time people can put faces to names, talk to people face to face, connect at a deeper level. At times friendships spring up out of these chance encounters. Sometimes, it's just an inspiring story. Like the time I chatted with Dorothy Burnham and she shared how nervous she was at the thought of talking to 2000 fibre artists at the Convergence keynote in Toronto in 1986. I assured her that we were all 'family' - and she seemed to take some comfort from that observation because she mentioned that interaction when she began her presentation. I've never forgotten how she shared her vulnerability, felt the fear...and did it anyway.
If you've never been to a conference, this one is a good one because it's relatively small and class numbers have also been kept relatively small. It is taking place in a small geographic area, in buildings that are accessible. The week of the conference is just prior to the summer solstice, so our daylight hours are long. On June 11 the sun will rise at 4:39 am and set at 9:41 pm. Our weather is generally temperate, but we suggest layers.