Cameron Taylor Brown wrote about Northern Wefts 2011 and her experience in U.P. of Michigan. For some more uplifting reading check out she had to say about her workshop June 20-25 and view pictures of her Copper Harbor Tour on Thursday of the conference. Robyn Spady compared her trip to the U.P. to weather in Seattle Washington. It was a good time to weave when it is pouring outside.
I have been busy writing up a report or 2 or 3 reports for the Kansas group who will host the 2013 Midwest Weavers Conference in Emporia, Kansas June 20-22 they have selected the name 'Prairie Winds' and have a lovely logo.
Donna Kallner has been busy adding blogs about the winning entries for the Members' exhibit. I also have pictures of some of the items at the members' and teachers' exhibits.
The following pictures were taken at Northern Wefts 2011 exciting Guild Exhibit 'Aurora Borealis'.Yarnwinder Guild of Marquette Michigan entered this delightful exhibit in the 'Aurora Borealis' Guild Exhibit show. Beautiful handwoven scarves in Northern Lights colors displayed on a free standing copper structure.
The entry from the Delta County Spinners and Weavers Guild was a great collection of figures of each member of their guild engaged in their favorite fiber craft. Each character had a recognizable resemblance of each guild member. With a lovely northern lights watercolor as a backdrop for the display. Delta County Guild is located in Escanaba Wisconsin.
Sand County Weavers entry was called 'Aurora Borealis Colors to Dye for' the exhibit had many entries from weavers in Central Wisconsin.
The Craft Guild of Iowa presented a lovely array of scarves and wall hangings in the colors of the Northern Lights called 'Dancing Spirits'.
The Weavers' Guild of Kalamazoo Michigan did a Aurora Borealis Color study in Woven Towels. The display was very nice with the bright colors against the dark background. Each towel hung a metal ring on the wooden rack.
The Shuttlecraft Guild from Sheboygan Wisconsin created a 'Northern Lights Kid's Camp' for their Guild Exhibit. This was a very original and unique exhibit.
The Illinois Prairie Weavers Guild presented this Exhibit to show their interpretation of the Aurora Borealis Theme. I am sorry to say in the hast to take pictures, I did not get their theme information. So if you have it please comment or send me an email to include it in this blog.
Our local Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Guild from Hancock Michigan presented out Guild Exhibit 'Northern de Lights' which had a variety of weaving, spinning, quilting, and painted silk scarves with a our individual interpretations of the Aurora Borealis.
Now for the winners!
The St. Louis Guild did ' A Study in Iridescence'
for which they won third place.
Anita Luvera Mayer did an excellent job at judging the Guild/Study Group Exhibits.
Her evaluations were written out and each guild received a critique from her judging. I believe her choices of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were mostly based on their presentation. All 3 winners had single theme items in their exhibits. (Rugs, scarves, scarves.) These exhibits had excellent lighting, signage, and an over all professional presentation.
The judging criteria was:
1. Adherence to Theme
2. How well over all exhibit theme
3. Overall visual appearance
4. Individual pieces demonstrate overall quality of craftsmanship
5. Presentation / professionalism
6. Documentation of guild involvement
#'s 3, 4, 5, 6 were very important in the judging.
Theme: "Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights - Ever Changing"
Second Place went to the Fiber Guild of Indiana who asked us to vote for your favorite piece in the exhibit. They were all so lovely it was hard to decide which one to vote for and I did not find out which one won? So if you are reading this and know the answer I am interested in finding out which was the winning scarf!
and First Place went to the Weavers Guild of Minnesota for their Rag Rug Study Group display.
They also took the peoples Choice award for this Exhibit.
So congratulations to our winners and thank you for participating in this beautiful display. Everyone who entered the room was awed by the talent the members of the various guilds displayed for this Midwest Weavers Conference.