2022 Careers in Textiles Symposium - Recorded


Friday, March 18 & Saturday, March 19, 2022
Careers in Textiles Symposium
Focusing on Possibilities and What’s Next!
Presented by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.
What is a Career in Textiles? HGA’s two-day online symposium spotlights leading professional and industry trend setters, sharing their experiences and providing insights on the diverse and changing landscape of textiles and fiber art. The symposium is open to all, but is geared toward young professionals, recent graduates, and students.
All panel sessions will be recorded and available on-demand to registered attendees for 90 days. The registration fee includes access to all panels and discussions. If you registered after the opening of the Guild Development Retreat, please note that there could be a delay in receiving access. But don't worry, all panel sessions are being recorded. If you need immediate assistance, please call the HGA office (Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM ET) at 678-730-0010.
Registration Costs:
$ 0 - Students & HGA Members
$20 - Non-HGA Members
Separate registration is required to participate in Open Portfolio.
Members, when registering, you must first login to My Account or you will not receive the Member rate. Not a member? Join Today. For assistance please call (678) 730-0010 Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM ET.
DAY ONE – Friday, March 18, 2022
Representing different areas within the textiles career field, HGA’s invited speakers will share their knowledge and enlighten attendees to potential opportunities in the field.
Schedule (all times are listed in Eastern Time):

10:00 - 10:15 am              Opening remarks: Elizabeth Williamson, HGA Executive Director, and Mark Grigalunas, HGA Board of Directors

10:15 - 11:15 am              Session #1: Jeff Barton, It all has to start with yarn …how it’s made and where it comes from.

11:15 - 11:30 am              Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm       Session #2: Lori Weitzner, Once you have the yarn …you need a designer to come up with a concept, fabric structure, color, etc.

12:30 - 1:30 pm                 Break for lunch

1:30 - 2:30 pm                   Session #3: Brian Burke, Once the yarn has been acquired, and fabric concepts designed, then you need a mill to weave the fabric.

2:30 - 2:45 pm                   Break

2:45 - 3:45 pm                   Session #4: Dorothy Cosonas, Then the mill sells fabric to a fabric distributor …also a designer purchasing the fabrics for a specific market - “Contract” …what is “Contract”?

3:45 - 4:00 pm                   Break

4:00 - 5:00 pm                   Session #5: Kerry Joyce, Another fabric distributor who has specific design concepts but is also a highly respected “Interior Designer”.

5:00 - 5:15 pm                   Concluding remarks: Elizabeth Williamson, HGA Executive Director, and Mark Grigalunas, HGA Board of Directors

DAY TWO – Saturday, March 19, 2022
Preparing for a career in textiles, schools and universities will share information on their textile design and fiber art programs, and professionals in the field will provide guidance and critique with Open Portfolio sessions.
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