Speakers 2017 Chandler, Zicafoose, Rohde

We Hope You Will Join Us to Hear….
Keynote Speaker:

Deborah Chandler

“But How Do I Connect?”

As textile people, we know that in terms of human production and consumption, first comes food, then come textiles. From tropical loin cloths to Arctic parkas, from floor coverings to housing, and from 3rd grade potholders to medieval tapestries, textiles are universal. We need them, we love them, and if we want, they give us a common bond with every person on the planet. Not bad. But how? How do I connect with someone 10,000 miles away? This talk will offer some answers to that question. Presenting information on organizations, projects, businesses, events, social media, publications, museums, and more, with personal stories of human connections made through those avenues, Deborah will give us many ideas about how to cross our threads and connect with other cultures.

Friday, June 2 – 6:00 pm. (Conference Event)

Special Event Speaker:

Mary Zicafoose

“The Power of Cloth”

Mary Zicafoose shares a compilation of stories and images from her lifetime as a studio weaver, juxtaposed with powerful images and inspirational threads taken from the vast trunk of world textiles. This empowering and reflective talk reminds us of our textile lineage and what brings us together as creative individuals and weavers.

Saturday, June 3 – 5:00 pm. (Tickets $50)

Closing Speaker:

Michael Rohde


For most all of us, what we know and enjoy about handweaving has come by way of individual connections with teachers and fellow weavers. Michael began his weaving career in Houston, and here his interest and expertise developed and flourished – due to the same kind of people that we are all surrounded by in our weaving organizations: supporting individuals that guide and lead each other along. In this talk, he will reflect on some of the ways community has been essential in his path as a weaver and artist.

Sunday, June 4 – 11:30 a.m. (Conference Event)


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