California Dreamin’ and CHT 2019


California Inspires…. While traveling in California last month I was thrilled to see exhibits with work of two of our CHT speakers, teachers and workshop leaders: Susie Taylor and Gabe Duggan.

In Saratoga at beautiful Hakone Estate and Gardens, one of the oldest Japanese estate and gardens in the Western Hemisphere, Susie Taylor’s Hand Weaving Origami was on exhibit. Ten works from her Crane Wife series were beautifully displayed, along with a wonderful mobile of paper origami cranes. What a perfect setting for the work of the CHT 2019 Conference Keynote Speaker!


Susie Taylor shown with her Crane Wife series

Our conference theme is Treasuring our past, Discovering our future, and these two artists will show us paths into the future. Explore something new and different by taking a workshop or class with Susie or Gabe, taking advantage of the expertise they are so willing to share!

– Lynn Smetko

At the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles the International Techstyle Art Biennial IV was on display. There was a wonderful collection of tech-forward work from a number of artists, including several weavers. I wasn’t sure who was going to be in the show, but was thrilled to see a piece from Lia Cook, a couple from Janice Lessman-Moss, and three from our closing speaker, Gabe Duggan!

Gabe’s pieces, all handwoven on digital Jacquard, are shown here:


cottonweed, 2017, industrial and undocumented cotton This work features an excerpt from laws controlling cotton growing in North Carolina

Inspiration Comes to CHT 2019….

Susie Taylor’s Keynote Address, Building on Tradition (Friday, May 31, 2019 at 6pm) will take us on her journey of discovering weaving and exploring the infinite possibilities. She will explore the impact that art history and industry has had on her work and thinking as a contemporary artist who uses a loom and weaving as her primary medium. Susie will also be leading a Pre-Conference Workshop, Weaving Origami May 29 -May 31, and two Conference Classes, Weaving Origami and Other Dimensional Possibilitieson June 1 at 9am and Doubleweaveon June 2at 9am.

Gabe Duggan’s Closing Address, Fiber Work: A Call to Responsibility and Agency (Sunday June 2 at 11:30am), will present the potential of contemporary fiber work to simultaneously ground and free all who engage in its lineage. Gabe will also be leading a Pre-Conference Workshop, Weaving Spatially, May 29 – May 31, and two Conference Classes, Webwords on June 1 at 9am and Multi-Media Fiber Works, on June 1 at 1pm.

I encourage you to explore the background and credentials of these amazing artists, as well as their program offerings, described much better in our Conference Registration Booklet (found at https://www.weavetexas.org/conference/ ). Our conference theme is Treasuring our past, Discovering our future, and these two artists will show us paths into the future. Explore something new and different by taking a workshop or class with Susie or Gabe, taking advantage of the expertise they are so willing to share!

Lynn Smetko, FWWG

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