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Exhibits to Visit

Wednesday, July 16 — 12:00 noon–5:00 pm

Thursday, July 17 — 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Friday, July 18 — 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Saturday, July 19 — 10:00 am–4:00 pm

HGA’s Convergence juried exhibits showcase the best in contemporary weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketmaking, and related fiber arts. See the yardage gently swaying, the fashions as they parade on the runway, and afterwards on view. Inspect and handle the displayed touch panels of cloth in the Yardage and Fashion exhibits.


WootenEbb & Flow: Yardage

HGA’s Convergence 2014 Providence Yardage Exhibit.

Exhibit: July 16–19, 2014 Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence Rhode Island.

Take your inspiration for yardage from the sense of rhythm and movement—a decrease is followed by an increase— from ocean tides, techniques or materials. Ebb & Flow is an international juried exhibit featuring lengths of constructed and/or embellished yardage. Any fiber arts technique may be used.

Juror: John Marshall is an American fiber artist specializing in natural dyes and the traditional Japanese techniques of katazome and tsutsugaki. He is internationally known for his use of color and line to create truly unique art-to-wear— contemporary treasures for daily life that reflect his immersive study of ancient garment construction and his private collection of Japanese textiles. As a teacher, he is recognized for his ability to distill complex methods into easy-to-understand steps. Marshall’s books and DVDs include: Make Your Own Japanese Clothes, Cloisonné Designs for Artists, Journeys in Japanese Dye Techniques, and Journeys in Katazome.

Exhibit Chair: Catherine Marchant, New Jersey


Small Expressions 2014McGonagle

Exhibit: July 15  July 12—October 4, 2014, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts

Small Expressions is the international juried exhibit of small-scale fiber pieces sponsored annually by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., showcasing fiber art not to exceed 15 inches (38cm) in any direction. Small Expressions seeks to present work, which is not only of the highest caliber in craftsmanship and technical ability, but which also expresses creative design beyond process, is visually exciting, speaks to the intimacy of design; work which transcends the ordinary.

Small Expressions Featured Artists

Juror: Gerhardt Knodel, renowned textile artist, began his exploration of the possibilities of fabric at the University of California, Los Angeles, followed by graduate studies at California State University at Long Beach. His research of the aesthetic and psychological implications of cloth architecture led him around the globe to exhibit, produce commissioned works, assemble a large historic textile collection, and invest in the education of 230 graduate students during his 25 years of leadership at Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan). Knodel has received special recognition for outstanding achievement in the visual arts through grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Maryland Institute of Art, and is an Honorary Fellow of the American Crafts Council.


NishigawaraA Lively Experiment: All Media Exhibit

HGA’s Convergence 2014 Providence international juried exhibit open to work created in any media using a fiber arts technique.

Exhibit: July 16–19, 2014, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island.

Let the inspiration of outside influences, change of environment, new materials, and the incorporation of neighboring ideas inspire you for this multimedia fiber arts exhibit, which is open to artists using any fiber arts technique.

Juror: Anastasia Azure combines ancient weaving, traditional metalsmithing, and contemporary materials to create sculpture and jewelry in Providence, Rhode Island. She completed her BFA in Jewelry Metals Arts, at California College of the Arts in 2005 and earned her MFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Exhibit Chair: Patricia Savignac, New Mexico


CoatneyAll That Jazz: Wearable Art Fashion Show & Exhibit

HGA’s Convergence 2014 Providence Runway Fashion Show: July 16, 2014

Exhibit: July 17–19, 2014, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island

An international exhibit featuring juried, invited artists and Design Challenge wearable art fashions. Let the creativity, colors and textures of the area inspire you to create beautiful wearable art.

Jurors: Bradon McDonald and Noël Palomo-Lovinski

Bradon McDonald is an American fashion designer whose career began in the performing arts. He toured 14 years as a modern dancer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, then worked as a patternmaker creating costumes prior to attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. While a student, he was selected to be a designer on the FIDM Student Design Challenge team for HGA’s Convergence 2012 Long Beach where his final work was shown on the runway and at the exhibition that followed. He identifies his design strengths as “fabric manipulation, embellishment, and uncommon hand-sewing techniques” which he demonstrated nationally as a finalist during Season 12 of Project Runway. McDonald has also received the Best Use of Textiles Award (2012) from the Textile Association of Los Angeles and the FIDM Fashion Design Award (2012).

Noël Palomo-Lovinski, Associate Professor, Fashion Design at Kent State University, teaches Fashion, Design, History and Pop Culture, Sustainability in an Interdisciplinary Design Approach, and the graduate course—Theories in Fashion. Her research examines the future of fashion including the changing role of the designer and innovative design curricula to prepare students for the 21st century. She is the author of The World’s Most Influential Fashion Designers: Hidden Connections and Lasting Legacies of Fashion’s Iconic Creators and has won awards in several prestigious exhibitions. Palomo-Lovinski has a Masters of Fine Art in Textiles with Honors (2009), a Master of Arts in Visual Culture from New York University (2001), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design (1994)

Exhibit Coordinator: Joy Berg, Wisconsin; Registrar: Linda Rhynard, Rhode Island.


AmediOther Exhibits to See at the Rhode Island Convention Center

Compass Rose: Leaders Exhibit

Wednesday, July 16–Saturday, July 19, 2014; Rhode Island Convention Center

This invitational exhibit of work created by the Convergence 2014 leaders, speakers, and jurors will feature the recent work of those who teach and inspire in all areas of fiber art.


HGA’s Certificate of Excellence (COE) Exhibit

Wednesday, July 16–Saturday, July 19, 2014; Rhode Island Convention Center

This exhibit will showcase the work of recent recipients of HGA’s COE Program in Handweaving, Handspinning, Dyeing, and Basketmaking.

Exhibit Chairs: Mary Ann Sanborn, New Hampshire & Sandra L. Swarbrick, Washington.


Open Exhibits


Friday, July 18, 2014 Noon—1:00 p.m.

Rhode Island Convention Center, Marketplace Vendor Hall Stage

Fashion, Accessories, Functional Work

Come and share your inspirational garments, accessories for the home, and functional work with your fellow fiber enthusiasts. Everyone, whether beginner or advanced, is encouraged to model their latest wearable art creation or to show their functional designs. The only requirement is to have fun. Advance registration is not necessary. Entry forms may be picked up at the Convergence Registration Check-In Desk upon arrival.