One of the perqs of attending a conference is the chance to see textiles in real life.  You get to see the subtleties of colour and texture the way they really are, not filtered through a camera and monitor.

Conferences have traditionally had many opportunities for participants to not just see other people's textiles, but to enter their own into the exhibits.

Ours is no different.

We have space assigned for the instructors to share their work.   The Instructors Exhibit will be on display from the opening Thursday evening at the Galleria in the Art Gallery.

The fashion show will be a modified 'tea room' presentation with the weaver (or a model of her/his choosing) wearing the garments, then being available once the 'runway' show is over for closer examination on the Saturday evening.

(In answer to the question Can I have more than one garment in the fashion show?  The answer is 'yes'.  We can slot you in closer to the beginning for one, then closer to the end for the second.  Or you can supply model(s) for the additional garment(s).)

The guild booths will, of course, be filled with member work on display at the Coast Inn of the North ballroom.  The rest of the exhibits will be at the Courtyard Marriott in that ballroom.

Last but not least, our guild will have a display in the stairwell of the public library (where the workshop and seminars with Bob Keates will be held in their multi-purpose room.)

The exhibit at the Courtyard, the guild exhibits and the fashion show entries will all be eligible for awards.

On that note, we are very pleased to announce that a number of cash awards have been sponsored (we will gladly accept more!)

I have also issued a personal challenge with the theme of Pockets and the 'winner' of that will receive a signed copy of my book.

Entries for the general exhibit are to be dropped off at the registration area at the Civic Centre by 4 pm of the Thursday at the very latest.  We will be installing that exhibit Thursday evening due to a scheduling blip with the hotel.

Entry forms for the exhibits (Courtyard Marriott and fashion show) are available at the conference website 

Deadline for entry is April 1, 2019 (not an April Fool's prank).  We need to have some idea of how many entries to expect, the type of display apparatus required (we reserve the right to not display something if we don't have appropriate display apparatus or room) and for me to write the fashion show commentary as well as draw up the sequence. 

While you don't have to be in attendance to enter, you do have to ensure that someone delivers the item(s) to the registration area by 4 pm on Thursday, and picks up after closing Saturday.  We are not accepting mailed or couriered deliveries.

Early Bird registration continues for the conference.  Check out our workshop/seminar topics, choose your favourite, head on over the the registration website by clicking on the Register here button and check for availability.  Some of the offerings are either filled or getting full.

Americans should bear in mind prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and the exchange rate will reduce that amount.  $395 Canadian is around $300 US at this time but subject to change without notice.


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