We are planning a variety of events so that you will have a chance to meet other participants and get the most out of your conference. Here is a summary of our planning to date.
Tea Towel Exchange
Delegates are invited to participate in a tea towel exchange sponsored by Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners at the ANWG 2017
Two Easy Steps to Participate:
- Bring your handwoven towel to the check-in desk in the Meeting Place at the conference.
- Pick up an exchange towel in the Meeting Place on the last day of the conference.
We are looking forward to seeing a colourful display of tea towels in the Meeting Place from June 28th to July 2nd!
Weaving with Rags
Longtime Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild member and enthusiastic rag weaver, Catherine Mick, has put together a display of her work and the process for weaving with recycled fabric. Since the world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing and millions of tons of textile waste end up in landfills every year, rag weaving is another way we can Treadle Lightly in our craft. Come and see Catherine’s beautiful garments in the Meeting Place in the Cadboro Commons Building.
The theme for the Juried Show is Super Natural Celebration. The show is made up of juried entries from members of ANWG member guilds from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and Western Canada including Alaska and the Yukon and east as far as Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Montana. Work to be shown includes basketry, weaving, spinning and felting.
The Juried Show will be open to the public and admission is free. The show will be in the McKenzie/Sinclair Room in the Cadboro Commons Building. It will be open from noon to 5 pm on Friday June 30th, and from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, July 1st and Sunday July 2nd.
The theme for the Open Show is Naturally Wonder-Full. The show is made up of entries from members of ANWG member guilds from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and Western Canada including Alaska and the Yukon and east as far as Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Montana. Work to be shown includes basketry, weaving, spinning and felting.
The Open Show will be open to the public and admission is free. The show will be in the McKenzie/Sinclair Room in the Cadboro Commons Building. It will be open from noon to 5 pm on Friday June 30th, and from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, July 1st and Sunday July 2nd.
The Instructors’ Showcase is one of several shows taking place during the conference. The Showcase is planned as an opportunity for the many instructors teaching at the conference to share a piece of their work with the conference participants and the public.
The show will be open to the public and admission is free. The Instructors’ Showcase will be in the Henderson Room in the Cadboro Commons Building. It will be open from noon to 5 pm on Friday June 30th, and from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, July 1st and Sunday July 2nd.
Victorian Afternoon Tea
On Friday, June 30th, we are holding an Afternoon Tea and Meet & Greet between 3:30 and 5:00 pm. In the Victorian tradition, there will be strawberries, cream and scones. Some early Victorians will join us for tea. You will also have a chance to meet old friends and talk to the instructors.
Shop ‘til You Drop
The Market Place will open on Friday, June 30th and shopping hours will be extended to 8 pm so you can check out the booths and find that special fibre, book or loom.
Flax to Linen Victoria
A “dirt to skirt” community project in local textile production, Flax to
Linen Victoria is a gathering of multi-talented folks who educate
through demonstrations of flax to linen processing. They will be at the University
on Saturday, July 1st between 12 and 3 pm to show the preparation of flax
to be spun and to talk about their project. Find them outside the McKinnon
Gym, home of the Market Hall. Park in lot 2, behind the gym or follow the
signs to the Market Hall.
The Fashion Show takes place on Saturday evening, July 1st in the beautiful Farquhar Auditorium. We are pleased to announce that Jane Stafford, owner of Jane Stafford Textiles and well-known weaving instructor, will be our host for the evening.
The theme for the Fashion Show is Wild and Wonderful Wearables and we are looking forward to seeing the wonderful handmade articles on which our fellow ANWG members have been working.
Solar Viewing – Come and Look at the Sun as You Have Never Seen It.
Victoria is home to an enthusiastic branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Members of the group have agreed to bring their telescopes, fitted with special filters to protect your eyes, so that we may look at the sun. This event will take place outside the Mystic Market Cafeteria at University Centre, weather permitting, on Sunday, July 2nd.
The banquet will take place in the Cadboro Commons Dining Room decorated just for us. Doors and the no-host bar open at 5 pm. The buffet will begin at 6 pm. You will be able to purchase a bottle of wine for your table for $25 CAD from the bar. The buffet will include options for gluten-free and vegetarian dining.
After the banquet, we will walk over to the Farquhar Auditorium for the Keynote Address.
Charllotte Kwon, founder of the Maiwa Foundation, has been confirmed as our Keynote Speaker. Her talk is titled Slow Clothing. Charllotte is a Vancouver-based social entrepreneur, the founder of Maiwa Handprints Ltd. and the Maiwa Foundation and a knowledgeable natural dyer.
The Maiwa Foundation was established in 1997 by Maiwa Handprints Ltd and is a private trust established to help fund practicing and re-emerging artisans in the craft sector. The Maiwa Foundation has carried out numerous charitable activities for the benefit of artisans and craftspeople in developing nations. The Maiwa Foundation has as its purpose reducing poverty in rural villages by promoting the economic self-sufficiency of the artisans living in such villages.
ANWG Annual Membership Meeting
The ANWG AMM will be held Friday, June 30 from 5-6:30 at Village Greens on the UVic campus. Everyone welcome.
Complex Weavers – Meet & Greet
Complex Weavers will host a Meet & Greet with Show and Tell on Saturday, July 1, 4:30-5:30 at The Meeting Place, Village Greens on the University of Victoria campus. Everyone is welcome!
Jane Stafford Online Guild Meet-up
Want to see what your fellow on-liners look like? JST’s online guild will meet in the Mystic Market from 12:15pm until 1:15pm on Saturday July 1st. Grab something to eat and come over and introduce yourself.
Give a new life to an old or damaged weaving shuttle: Add some wheels, decorate it, and bring it to the conference for the Shuttle Race. On July 2, at 4:45pm, you can see if your shuttle has what it takes to be crowned champion. Or aim to win the prize for Best Dressed Shuttle. Cost to enter is $2 cash, which will go toward the event prizes. Look for a Sign up sheet in the conference hospitality room Thursday-Saturday.