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Special Events


Special Events

Fully immerse yourself at Convergence® 2016 Milwaukee by joining HGA for one of our many special events. These events give you the opportunity to learn a new skill, deepen your knowledge, and interact with other members in a fun and social environment. Registration opens December 15, 2015 at 10 AM EST. For priority registration, opening December 1, 2015, join the Fiber Trust.


Wednesday, August 3 – Saturday, August 6, 2016 

Community “Fun Weave”

Warped and waiting, these looms are ready for you to stop by and place a few (or many) threads. Feeling fidgety? Find a loom! Feeling lonely? Stop by and chat with someone about weaving. Feeling creative? Dig through our baskets of wefts and make your mark. Do you have some spare odds and ends of threads that you would like to contribute? Bring them with you to weave into our community tapestry. We are excited to see what will develop during our time in Milwaukee. 

A special thanks to John Colony of Harrisville Design for the loan of these looms. If you have so much fun you want to take one home with you, stop by the HD booth visit the Marketplace and talk to with the friendly folks at Harrisville Design.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016 

Bistro Dinner

6:00 – 7:15 PM, The Wisconsin Center


Join HGA for a Bistro Dinner. By making your dinner plan now, you have time to meet new (to you) members and/or join your friends for a lovely dinner to start off the fun-filled evening.


Moving Forward Runway Fashion Show

7:30 – 8:30 PM, Ballroom, Main Level

$75 or Free with CVP

Join HGA for our most popular Convergence® event, a spectacular fashion show featuring wearable art selected from fiber artists from around the world. Prior to the show awards will be presented by Juror Monica Obniski for Small Expressions and following the show by Juror Sarah Eichhorn for Moving Forward.


Fiber Trust Reception, A Celebration of Philanthropy

8:45 PM, Exhibit Hall, Upper Level

Open to Fiber Trust Members, Invite Only

Members of the Fiber Trust are invited to join the HGA Board for an informative and festive dessert reception. During this event students will have the opportunity to thank the generous men and women who have supported HGA through scholarship endowments and annual contributions.


Thursday, August 4

Can Nano Textiles be Fashionable?

presented by Juan Hinestroza, Ph.D.

8:00 – 8:45 AM, Ballroom, Main Level

$35 or Free with CVP

Dr. Hinestroza and his team at Cornell University’s Textiles Nanotechnology Lab merge nanotechnology and textiles, creating the potential for a traditional material like cotton to function in new ways such as conducting electricity, killing bacteria, changing colors, and sensing gases. Exploring the development of cotton-based transistors and batteries, this technology can become an integral part of the textile. Learn about Professor Hinestroza’s pioneering work via the manipulation of nanoscale phenomena that may influence the future of textiles.

Juan P. Hinestroza is a tenured Associate Professor of Fiber Science and directs The Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at the College of Human Ecology of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Professor Hinestroza works on understanding fundamental phenomena at the nanoscale that are of relevance to Fiber and Polymer Science. Hinestroza has received over 6.1 MM USD in research funding (Federal and State agencies as well as Industrial Consortiums) for his pioneering work in exploring new pathways for creating multifunctional fibers via manipulation of nanoscale phenomena.


HGA’s Certificate of Excellence (COE)

4:15 – 5:00 PM, The Wisconsin Center


Join HGA’s COE recipients, mentors, registrars, scribes, chairs, COE Hosting Guild Committee members, and HGA Board to learn more about HGA’s Certificate of Excellence program in handweaving, handspinning, dyeing and basketmaking. In this informal setting, attendees will have the opportunity to share about their experiences in seeking the COE and ask questions.


Mixed Bag Juror’s Talk

5:15 – 6:00 PM, Exhibit Hall, Upper Level


Always a highly interesting exhibit of mixed media, Juror Beverly Gordon discusses the diversity in technique, theme, materials, technologies and color use on display and the exploratory approach taken by many of the artists chosen in this collection.


Ice Age Juror’s Talk

6:00 – 6:45 PM, Lobby, Upper Level


Look through the eyes of Juror Marcia Weiss as she talks about the craftsmanship and technical ability which fiber artists convey in this yardage exhibit of hanging works that focus on drawing the viewer towards visual, emotional or intellectual responses.


Twilight Madness, Shopping Extravaganza

7:00 – 10:30 PM, Exhibit Hall, Upper Level

Free with CVP or Thursday Day Pass

Take time to relax, shop, mingle and meet friends at the Marketplace. Find the perfect yarn, the exact tool you have been seeking, or discover something new to add to your fiber collection during this evening dedicated to our attendees.



Friday, August 5, 2016

Strut Your Stuff, Informal Show

12:00 – 1:00 PM, Exhibit Hall, Upper Level

Free with CVP or Friday Day Pass

All fiber enthusiasts, whether beginner or advanced, will have an opportunity to share their inspirational garments, wearable art, accessories for the home, and functional work. Participants are encouraged to model their latest wearable creation or to show their functional designs in this fun and supportive environment. To participate pick up an entry form at the Convergence® Registration Desk, the Marketplace entrance, or by the Marketplace stage.


Navajo Rug Auction presented by R.B. Burnham & Company

1:30 – 5:30 PM, Auction Preview, Lobby, Upper Level

5:30 PM, Auction, Lobby, Upper Level


This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about, view and acquire beautiful authentic Navajo art while directly benefitting the artisans who create it. The R.B. Burnham & Company family has been trading with the native people of the Four Corners area for five generations and are noted for their encouragement of innovation and quality in Navajo textiles. Auctioneer Bruce Burnham will give a short lecture about the Navajo weaving process, types of weaving styles and how to judge the quality of weaving. Proceeds from the auction benefit the native artists and HGA’s Fiber Trust, a nonprofit fund dedicated to promoting excellence in textile arts.


HGA Annual General Meeting

4:15 – 4:45 PM, Meeting Rooms


All HGA Members, whether or not you are a Convergence® registrant, are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.



Saturday, August 6, 2016

Moving Forward Juror’s Talk

8:15 – 9:45 AM, Exhibit Hall, Upper Level


Poised at the junction of art, craft and fashion, artwear has both challenged and blurred cultural boundaries as works of art made to adorn the body. Take a walk through the fashion show exhibit with Juror Sarah Eichhorn as she discusses the impact that color, design, fabric and construction has in creating designer show pieces.