Speakers and Special Events

Susie Taylor — Keynote Speaker

Building on Tradition

Friday, May 31 – 6:00 pm

This address will take audience on Susie’s journey, of discovering weaving and exploring these infinite possibilities. She shines light on impact that art history and industry has had on her work and thinking as contemporary artist who use loom and weaving as her primary medium.

Susie has weaving for over 30 years, primarily on shaft looms, and has 12 years experience design high-end, jacquard up holstery fabrics. She spent are many years that exploring have manipulation techniques to produce multi-layered structures and in 2012 she received the HGA Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving, Level 1. That experience really broadened her skills and understanding of loom controlled structures. Now she finds great potential in combining loom controlled structures with the hand manipulation. Today, she is award-winning artist creating dimensional textiles these incorporates origami and weaving together. She as works the freelance designer for commercial upholstery market.

Read more about Susie at her website: Weaving Origami

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Gabrielle Duggan — Closing Speaker

Sunday, June 2 – 11:30 am

Closing Speaker : “Fiber Work: A Call to Responsibility and Agency”

This talk presents the potential of contemporary fiber work, to simultaneously ground and free all who engage in lineage. There is ever strengthen their connection and accountability between past, present, and future, through supportive conversation, and open collaboration. In time, are much feels unprecedented, the deep past, of fiber histories can root and support those forward, carving paths for new and continuous questioning.

Gabrielle Duggan currently is Visiting Assistant Professor in Fibers at University of North Texas. She has Masters of Art and Design from North Carolina State University (NCSU), a Bachelor of Science from Buffalo State College, SUNY, and Associate Degree in Applied Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Gabrielle has worked extensively in academia world as Assistant Professor of Practice at College of Design at NCSU and Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University. She has conducted workshops in Fibers at NCSU, East Carolina University, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, North Carolina. Gabrielle is represented by AH Arts in New York City and her studio research has supported by Fellowship and residencies, and grant and exhibition opportunities.

As Rob R. Dunn Artist in Residence, she collaborated with Biologist Adrian Smith at Smith’s lab in North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences throughout the year of 2017. They located and cast a Pogonomyrmex ant nest in dental plaster as part of an installation in the lab; art and science research developed side by side and in conversation. This collaboration culminated in a presentation at NCMNS’s Science Cafe and an article in SciArt magazine.

Gabrielle’s other works shown were created working on TC1 where she will combine traditional overshot patterns with overlays of words, topical mapping lines, and looser sections of warp. She does use many techniques including mixed media to create, these imaging she desires.

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Polly Adams Sutton — Saturday Night Speaker

Saturday, June 1 – 5:30 pm

“Baskets of Sardinia”

Sardinia is second-largest island in Mediterranean Sea. It is located west of Italian Peninsula and to immediate south of French island of Corsica. In modern era, many travelers and writers have exalted it beauty, untouched until the contemporary age and immersed in landscape that houses the vestiges of Nuragic civilization. In 2012, Polly Adams Sutton received Artist Trust GAP grant in conjunction with Seattle Weavers Guild Grant for investigating the basketry of Sardinia. Polly will sharing her information on baskets, but most importantly, her slides.

Polly Adams Sutton is a full time studio artist, working with cedar bark to create sculptural baskets. Her educational background was art with emphasis on painting and printmaking. Upon settling in Pacific Northwest more than 30 years ago, she was introduced to basketry through Seattle Weaver’s Guild. She harvests cedar bark each spring in logging areas near Seattle, WA. Her sculptural work is primarily twined with wire over cedar bark. Sutton received an Artist Trust GAP grant in 2012. This conjunction with these Seattle Weavers Guild Grant for investigating the basketry of Sardinia. Her work was chosen for the cover illustration of “500 Baskets” and most recently her sculptural basket traveled with the National Basketry show, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America.


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Tour of Perennials Fabrics and Reception
Thursday evening, May 30

Six AVL looms, one Mountain loom and one TC-2 jacquard – add a team of 10 designers, a unique high- performance yarn stash made exclusive acrylic fiber, and one fashion-forward, interior design-trained owner and see what happens.

What results in case is Perennials Fabrics, a high-end upholstery fabric company designing and producing beautiful high-performance fabrics for the luxury home furnishings market. Come tour the Dallas-based facility, visit with the design team, and learn how the fabrics are created from design inception and inspiration, through development and into production for sale to end user – and maybe try your hand at weaving on a jacquard loom! You’ll want to put down your drink and hors d’oeuvres for chance.

On Thursday evening, May 30th, following the Pre-conference workshops, buses will take conference attendees to Perennials Fabrics of tour facilities and demonstration of TC 2 loom, followed by reception.

It is essential that know how many people plan that arrive on Thursday evening and attend this event can hire the appropriate number of buses. On registration is place to reserve your seat on bus. Those with reservations will given the boarding priority. Those without reservations will at allowed to board bus are available seats. (Please not reserve seat you don’t plan to arrive on Thursday and attend this event.)