Juror's Talk: "Vistas along the Appalachian Trail" Yardage Exhibit
Look through the eyes of Juror Robyn Spady as she talks about the craftsmanship and technical abilities fiber artists convey in this yardage exhibit of hanging works that focus on drawing the viewer towards visual, emotional, or intellectual responses. Produced by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA), the Vistas along the Appalachian Trail exhibit and juror's talk was originally scheduled to take place at the 2020 Convergence® conference that was going to take place in Knoxville in July. The conference was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the exhibit and juror's talk are now virtual. Participating artists have been invited to show their work at the 2022 Convergence® conference rescheduled for July 15-21, 2022 in Knoxville, TN. View Vistas along the Appalachian Trail online.
The Juror's Talk will be conducted via HGA's Zoom platform and will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 1 - 2 pm EST. Registration for the live event will close at 12:00 PM EST. All registrants and anyone who registers after registration closes for the live event will receive access to an "on demand" recording of the juror's talk. A link will be emailed 24 hours after the juror's talk has ended.
Exhibiting artists are:
Joan Berner, Hendersonville, North Carolina • Susan Bowman, Colorado Springs, Colorado • Sonya Brown, Columbia, South Carolina • Elizabeth Bryan, Orangeville, Canada • Abraham Buddish, Glenview, Illinois • Laurie Carlson Steger, South Darthmouth, Massachusetts • Inge Dam, Schomberg, Canada • Karen Donde, Mills River, North Carolina • Geri Forkner, Sweetwater, Tennessee • Deborah Heyman, Irvine, California • Carol James, Winnipeg, Canada • Beth Johnson, Black Mountain, North Carolina • Jean Jordan, Franklin, North Carolina • Bonnie Kay, Ann Arbor, Michigan • Eileen Lee, Grass Valley, California • Joan Namkoong, Kamuela, Hawaii • Nancy Peterson, Norman, Oklahoma • Harriette Roadman, Murraysville, Pennsylvania • Teresa Ruch, Portland, Oregon • Jannie Taylor, San Luis Obispo, California • Martha Town, Pittsford, Michigan • Marcia Weiss, Collegeville, Pennsylvania • Lillian Whipple, Concord, California
Juror Robyn Spady was introduced to handweaving at a young age and has been weaving for over 50 years. She completed HGA’s Certificate of Excellence (COE)in 2004 with the specialized study Loom-controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, exploring yarn combinations, and passementerie techniques. Robyn is a well-known teacher and author on handweaving and is also founder and editor of Heddlecraft®
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