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HGA’s Convergence 2014 Fiber Conference

July 14 - 19, 2014

HGA’s Convergence conference is a many-faceted experience, including exhibitions, shopping, fashion, and meeting with new and old friends. However, surveys show that the educational experience, class selection, and inspiring instruction are the most important reasons for attending the Convergence conference.

HGA is delighted to present these instructors expert in their fields who will lead workshops, studio classes, and hands-on or lecture seminars in all fiber-related areas—weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, beading, braiding, business of art and craft, clothing construction, color theory, computer applications, design, embellishment, creative process, ethnic investigation, felting, fiber education, fiber history, knitting, knotting, metal interlacements, paper, rug-making, tablet weaving, tapestry weaving, and other fiber techniques. 

Anastasia Azure

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 in 2011. S6080, UF164

Suzi Ballenger

Pushing pre-conceived boundaries of weaving for her expression as a craftsman with specific choices of fiber and tools, Suzi Ballenger pursues the connection between craftsman and machine. She strives to realize the fullest expression of threaded order, disorder, function, and form to show the simple and amazing beauty of cloth, process, and movement. S5074

Martin Bide

Martin Bide teaches textile science, color science, and dyeing at University of Rhode Island. He is a past president of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists and a Fellow of the Society of Dyers and Colourists. SS1001

Eve Botelho

Eve Botelho’s informal training began as a young child watching her grandmother, who was a milliner, make hats. Eve loved to draw and sew, and she loved the English countryside of her childhood. These things influence her free-motion machine embroidery work now. Currently she sells her art at craft shows and galleries, and she teaches workshops throughout the United States and Canada. WT226

Lucienne Coifman

For thirty years, Lucienne Coifman has been exploring Rep Weave and beyond. She teaches, lectures, and gives workshops and seminars around New England and the Midwest. Presently she is researching and writing a book on this weave. WM307

Karen Donde

Karen Donde weaves textiles for sale and teaches weaving classes at Sutherland Handweaving Studio in Asheville, North Carolina. She also teaches workshops for guilds and conferences and is a frequent contributor to Handwoven magazine and Weaving Today. SS1002, WT227

Anne Emlein

Anne Emlein enjoys pursuing a life-long passion for textile and fashion design. Anne has earned a BFA in Textiles from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA in Textiles from RISD, where she has taught as adjunct faculty in the Textile and Apparel departments and has served as Teaching Faculty Fellow in the RISD Museum’s Costume and Textile Department. Anne is now professor and founding director of the new Textile and Fashion Design Department at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. WSU402

Deb Essen

Self-employed for 20 years, Deb Essen holds the C.O.E. in Handweaving, Level 1, the Montana Artrepreneurship Preparation marketing certification, and in 2011 was inducted into the Montana Circle of American Masters in Traditional and Folk Art. S6081, SS1003, SS2009, SS3017, SS4028

Diane Fagan Affleck

Diane Fagan Affleck is currently a consulting curator at the American Textile History Museum and works on a variety of collections and exhibitions projects. In her previous capacities as curator and director of interpretation, she focused her research on printed textiles and American handweaving. Fagan Affleck is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and holds an MA from The George Washington University. S1048, S2053, S3060, S4068, S5073

Cornelia Theimer Gardella

Cornelia Theimer Gardella weaves abstract tapestries using hand-dyed wool. She has exhibited internationally and teaches tapestry, color and design, and synthetic dyeing. UW136, WSU308

Brooks Hagan

Brooks Hagan is a textile designer, artist and researcher. His recent work explores advanced visualization in textile design and the fusion of Jacquard fabric to custom paper substrates. He has taught at RISD since 2006. WSU403

Joanne Hall

Joanne Hall is a weaver, teacher, and author with a Masters degree in Textile Design from the University of Minnesota. After teaching at the University of Montana and Cal Poly in California, Joanne started the Elkhorn Mountains Weaving Studio in Montana City, Montana, where she weaves tapestries and teaches weaving. S1049, S3061, UW137

Linda Hartshorn

Linda Hartshorn is an award-winning weaver known for unique dye work and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. Linda teaches weaving in Eureka, California, and travels nationwide presenting workshops in weaving and dyeing. SS3018, SS4029, UTH149, WM309

Robert Haven

Robert Haven is a tambour beading instructor who holds Professional Certificates from Lesage in Paris and the Royal School of Needlework. He teaches tambour beading and embroidery in the U.S., Canada, England, Mexico, and Italy. WM315

Karen Herbaugh

Karen Herbaugh is curator of the textile, clothing and pre-industrial machinery collections at the American Textile History Museum. She joined the ATHM staff in 1994, when she was hired as part of the project team to move the Museum’s textile and wooden tool and machinery collections to Lowell. She is active in the Costume Society of America and the Textile Society of America. Her current research interests are sewing diaries, textile designs created by the Associated American Artists during the 1950s, and Sino-Japanese influence on Western dress. S5075, S6082

Sherrill Hunnibell

The mixed media paintings and constructions of artist/educator Sherrill Hunnibell are strongly influenced by her love of landscape and fiber. She holds a BFA from RISD, is professor emerita of studio art at Community College of Rhode Island, and has taught at colleges, conferences and craft schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her work is included in private and public collections. She has received numerous awards, fellowships and artist grants and was featured most recently in Altered Books, Collaborative Journals, and Other Adventures in Bookmaking. SS6087

Sarah H. Jackson

Sarah Jackson earned a BFA, with an emphasis in textile design, at the University of Kansas. Passionate about weaving, color, and texture, she also loves to knit, dye fabric, and design reconstructed clothing. A frequent contributor and technical editor for Handwoven magazine, her work has also been published in Altered Couture and Haute Handbags. S3062, SS4030, UTH150, UW138

Carol James

Carol James’ passion is off-loom techniques. A patient yet dynamic teacher and author of two books, she has infected many others with the desire to create. Her works have been exhibited worldwide. S2054, UW139, WM221

Deborah L. Jarchow

Since 1996, Deborah Jarchow has worked full time as a weaver and artist, including teaching fiber arts, creating and selling wearable art, giving lectures, and showing in local, regional, and national exhibits. She has won numerous awards, written for national publications, and her work has been commissioned by several churches and is in many private collections. S3063, SS1004, WSU220, WT228

Sat Siri Kaur

(aka Beth Kiley-Kinder) has taught Kundalini Yoga for over a decade and is also a practitioner and teacher of the healing art of Sat Nam Rasayan™. She encourages students to enjoy the benefits of Kundalini Yoga, to start wherever they are, and to let the yoga work on them. She knows from experience that “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” In addition to teaching Kundalini Yoga and practicing Sat Nam Rasayan™, Sat Siri Kaur is also a Reiki Master in the Usui system of Reiki and an Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator. YW11,YT12,WF13,YS14

Mo Kelman

A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Mo Kelman has taught at leading New England arts institutions and shown her textile sculptures in more than fifty exhibitions across the U. S., Europe, Japan and Korea. She received a 2012 Artist’s Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Kelman, a professor of art at the Community College of Rhode Island, has also taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Massachusetts College of Art and RISD. S4069, WM404

Betty Burian Kirk

Betty Burian Kirk, trained as a fiber artist and art educator with an MA from Northern Illinois University, enjoys teaching and creating wearable art for the woman who appreciates high fashion. SS3019, SS4031, SS5037, UW140, WM222

Brecia Kralovic-Logan

Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a fiber artist and owner of pebble in the pond art studio in Santa Barbara, California, where she creates and offers fiber and creativity workshops. Her work has been exhibited nationally. S3064, UTH152, UW141, WM223

Aimee Lee

Aimee Lee is an artist, hanji expert, Fulbright fellow, and author of Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking, receiving the Eric Hoffer Book Award in 2013. She obtained a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Columbia College. SS5038, UF158, UTH151, WM310

Saberah Malik

Born in India, Saberah Malik grew up in Pakistan where she received her BFA and MFA with honors in Graphic Design from Panjab University, Lahore. Traveling to the U.S. on a national Merit Scholarship for overseas studies, she received her Master’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York. S5076, UTH153

John Marshall

John Marshall has spent the past 40 years immersed in Japanese textiles research, amassing a huge private collection of fabrics and techniques he is eager to share with others addicted to fiber beauty. S1050, S3065, WF401

Susan McGehee

Susan McGehee weaves with wire and metal. Her early work was primarily in fiber; in 1989 she started weaving with wire as both warp and weft. She has exhibited, won awards, and completed commissions nationally. UTH154, WT229

Rebecca Mezoff

Rebecca grew up climbing the mesas and red rocks in rural New Mexico. From her tapestry studio in Santa Fe, she dyes her own yarn and weaves contemporary art tapestries. She also teaches and does commissions. SS5039, UTH155, WT230

Dena Gartenstein Moses

Dena has been weaving for twenty-seven years, operates Vermont Weaving School and has a business selling her glorious handwovens. She delights in training weavers to make fabulous cloth with joy and ease. S2055, S3066, SS4032, SS5040, SS6044

Rosalie Neilson

Rosalie Neilson uses color and geometric design in her rep weavings and Japanese braids. An avid teacher, she publishes regularly in journals. She recently completed a third kumihimo design book, Kongō Gumi–A Cacophony of Spots– Coils–Zags–Lines. SS4069, WM311

Craig Nutt

Craig Nutt is the Director of Programs for CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources), a national organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists. (see p.3)

Margaret Ordoñez

Margaret Ordoñez, a University of Rhode Island professor, has taught textile conservation courses and researched conservation topics over three decades. She has written numerous articles on treating textiles owned by institutions and private collectors. SS3020,SS4033

Marcy Petrini

Marcy Petrini has been teaching weaving since 1980 and enjoys being challenged by students’ questions, problems, and especially their creativity. She is the regular columnist for “Right From the Start” in HGA’s Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot. S6083, SS1005, SS2010, SS3021, UW142

Erminio Pinque

Erminio Pinque is founder and director of BIG NAZO LAB, a larger-than-life-sized, audienceinteractive, international touring troupe and creature-making studio based in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, that employs a variety of puppet, mask, and wearable sculpture techniques to create mobile spectacles and alien configurations. WSU222, SS099

Jean Power

Jean Power is an award-winning jewelry designer and author of four successful jewelry instruction books who has taught her unique beading creations worldwide. A previous Designer of the Year for Beadwork magazine, Jean loves working in varied mediums but always returns to her main love of beads and adores working with peyote stitch. You can see more of Jean’s work on her Web site <www.>. UT160, UW161, UTH162, UF163

Marilyn Romatka

Marilyn Romatka is a fiber artist specializing in preserving and teaching ethnic textile traditions. She has taught at conferences and schools and has a passion for sharing her knowledge with others. S1051, SS2011, SS3022, UW143

Robin Russo

Robin Russo lives in Bradford, Vermont, where she teaches spinning, dyeing and felting. She writes regularly for Interweave Press. She has been a fiber enthusiast for more than 40 years and takes every opportunity to explore its potential. SS3023, UW144, UTH156, WM224

Michael Savoia

Michael Savoia has been embroidering fabrics for the nation’s top interior designers for over 20 years. Among his clients are Michael Smith, Thomas Pheasant, and The Wiseman Group. His company, Villa Savoia, includes stock and custom embroidery designs as well as a collection of fine linen and prints. WSU405

Susan Sklarek

Susan Sklarek’s work has included freelance design for industry, handwoven fabrics, woven illustrations for advertising, and sculptural work. A weaver for over thirty years, she teaches weaving at RISD and was a visiting professor at Duksung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea, and CEDIM Art Institute in Monterrey, Mexico. She was the 2010-2011 RISD/CE Teacher of Excellence. WSU406

Norma Smayda

Norma Smayda, past president of HGA and a weaver, teacher, exhibitor and juror, learned to weave in Norway. Her interests include Scandinavian weaving, WHH Rose, and Bertha Gray Hayes. She coauthored Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes. In 1974 she established and continues to run the Saunderstown Weaving School. SS6084

Robyn Spady

Robyn Spady learned to weave over 40 years ago and completed HGA’s C.O.E. in Handweaving in 2004. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon weave structures, and narrow warp weaves. S4070, S5077, S6085, SS1006, SS2013, SS3024, UTU135, UW145

Laurie Carlson Steger

Laurie Carlson Steger began weaving with optical fibers in 1996. She earned a BFA in Textile Design and an MFA in Artisanry/ Fibers from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her work represents a blend of science and textiles and is featured at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA. UW146

Cameron Taylor-Brown

Cameron Taylor-Brown has immersed herself in the worlds of fiber, education, and commerce since the 1970s. Known for her hands-on collaborative approach to learning, she conducts fiber workshops throughout the country and is the founder of ARTSgarage, a textile resource center in Los Angeles. SS2014, WM312

Jannie Taylor

Jannie Taylor is both a handweaver and an educator. She weaves for her own satisfaction and enjoyment, always fascinated by the interplay of color, fiber and structure. She teaches in order to share her knowledge and enthusiasm. UF159, UTH157, UW147, WM225

Walter Turpening

A self-taught woodworker and weaver, Walt Turpening began making woven seats in 1992 and has worked professionally since 1998. He began color cord braiding in 2002. S1052, WSA313

Diane Villano

Diane holds two degrees in art education and has conducted polymer clay workshops since 1995. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in international juried shows and has been published in numerous books and periodicals. SS3025, SS4034, SS5041, SS6045

Marcia Weiss

Marcia Weiss, a professor of Textile Design at Philadelphia University, has been weaving for more than thirty years with a special focus on multi-layered textiles. Her current body of work involves double cloth warp ikats. S2056, WM314

Linda Welters

Linda Welters is Professor of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island. Her research topics include ethnic dress, Rhode Island quilts, and fashion history. S5078, S6086


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 features the recent work of those who teach and inspire in all areas of fiber art.

Instructors, the deadline for submitting proposals is passed. We invite you to submit propoposals for the 2016 conference in the spring of 2015.