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What We Like

What We Like About Convergence

Here are some comments from surveys taken at previous Convergence conferences.

Tell us what YOU like about Convergence! hga@weavespindye.org

 

  • I had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the classes I took, the exhibits, vendors and people I met.
  • Wished I had attended a Convergence sooner!
  • Great speakers and workshops; nice venue. Wonderful opportunity to see, visit and learn.
  • My first Convergence was wonderful. I was challenged to learn more than I thought I could. Am inspired to learn even more.
  • I learned so much! I have material to study and work on for a long time!
  • It was my first Convergence, and I loved every minute. Everyone was so happy to be there and so helpful. I am hooked & can't wait for the next one.
  • My first Convergence and I LOVED it! Can't wait for the next one.      
  • The hands-on activities (Super Seminars, Art Sparks) were great.
  • Always LOVE the fabulous exhibits.
  • I had a great time, learned a lot. Didn't have enough time to do everything I wanted!
  • Association with a large group of individuals with similar interests.      
  • The exhibits, vendors and runway show and seminars.
  • Seeing the exhibits and listening to the skilled and talented weavers and fiber artists was inspiring.
  • I come to Convergence for the fellowship and laughter. The classes and the wonderful facility were a bonus.    
  • My workshops/seminars were exactly what I needed for my work right now. Have been putting what I learned into use since returning home.
  • I was very stimulated by all the classes, exhibits and speakers.
  • I liked the seminars I attended and got helpful hints for me to try at home. I have been able to try some of the things from seminars already.
  • … I love being around other weavers--that in itself is a great learning experience.
  • Was inspired by all the fiber items both in the exhibits and worn by participants and learned new techniques.
  • Community. Catching up with friends. Seeing what's for sale.Opportunityto speak to vendors about my needs, wants, issues.
  • I wanted to see the exhibits. I thought they were all very nicely displayed. The juried exhibits were very well done, the jurors were strong in aesthetic, and reputation.
  • The classes were exciting and varied. I liked being able to do a taster day of a class to see if I would like to do another class later in depth.
  • Great collection of workshops and teachers in one convenient location.
  • The fashion show was superb, and the CD of the creations was a terrific bonus. Most of the classes I took were good. The vendors were awesome and I spent a bunch of money. :-)
  • Stimulation of classes, abilities of people I met, collection of all those vendors in one place, chance to speak with people I've only read about, chance to view handwoven articles in person, the TOTAL experience.
  • Getting to know leaders and speakers … as well as talking to other weavers and often forming friendships with them.
  • The excitement of actively immersing myself in fibers and fiber people.
  • So much to see in the Vendor Hall, many exhibits at the conference center and around town, people to meet in classes, in the hall between events, at meals, wide variety of ideas about fiber, what it is and can be…
  • Reconnecting and networking with friends and contacts
  • Being able to learn several new techniques with such knowledgeable and skilled instructors.
  • Always a unique experience with wonderful instructors and vendor hallsGallery Exhibits and competitions!
  • I had the opportunity to hear inspiring key note addresses, participate in several excellent workshops, volunteer and meet other fiber craftsmen.
  • … to focus on why I was there - soak up all I could about weaving surrounded by others excited about working with fibers.
  • The classes were awesome and I enjoyed being around people who love what I love.
  • I am always in awe of all of the people I meet at these conferences. It is an important connection. Of course, the vendor hall is always a joy. Location and accommodations become second in importance.Excellent exhibits throughout the area.
  • This was the first time I was able to take a workshop and I loved it. I was able to try some different techniques and it allowed me to see who's who in the fiber world. I would like to see more young people. They are out there and if I had known about Convergence when I was in college, I probably would have come had someone reached out to me!
  • Convergence is always a great event - just being that much fiber talent is an inspiration.
  • INSPIRATION that came from classes. Contacts, purchases! Made very satisfying contacts with [instructors] that will continue. Also made my first attempt at entering items into shows. Both items accepted, and one won a prize. Loved the Vendor Hall--great materials & contacts made.
  • … Convergence is a renewal, and a way to touch related things.
  • Chance to meet fiber friends.
  • Renewing contact with weavers I had met at other Convergences over the years
  • Loved the workshops, exhibits and general excitement.
  • I came home with some new ideas and information.
  • 2 of 4 classes were what I preferred to spend my time doing once I returned home; enjoy being able to see the products before buying; and was able to buy the portable loom & take it home with me in my van, which the van was bought to accommodate; books, books, books; fiber, fiber, fiber.
  • Good classes & great shopping
  • There is no other conference that features all the venues of the fiber community in one location. There is a level of great leaders as well as outstanding lectures and the exhibits bring together fiber enthusiasts from all areas of the world.
  • It is the first time I have ever attended a conference of any kind that the leaders and workshops were as good as they were billed.    
  • I liked the juried shows. They were a great way to see gorgeous things and get new ideas.
  • Exhibits were outstanding!
  • Besides the classes, workshops and exhibits, I love being able to interact for several days with people that I have so much in common with.
  • The runway fashion show was great.
  • It's a vacation from work, with weaving, what's not to like?
  • Connection with others who share my passion for weaving and other fiber arts. and getting to learn new skills
  • Good workshops--all ofTampawas motivated with museums and galleries exhibiting the finest artworks.
  • … brilliant idea to get all the exhibits on CD!
  • I like the opportunity to explore areas related to weaving that I would other wise not have access to in my area.
  • An opportunity to meet with other weavers, become re-inspired to try new things and take chances with my weaving, to hear about what is happening in the larger community of weavers, and of course, to shop!!!
  • Ability to spend a week with other fiber enthusiasts, sharing ideas, inspirations, and tips.
  • I learned so much and was able to meet with others who love the world of fiber.
  • This was my first Convergence, and it was a fabulous experience. The venue was wonderful, speakers exceptional, and the teachers were not only good, but were also accessible.
  • I greatly enjoyed being with so many people with my interests in classes with wonderful teachers and a beautiful venue.
  • Loved that I was totally immersed in the fiber world for a few days. My passion for weaving and interest in all things fiber was fed and satisfied. I enjoyed the lectures and seminars which inspired me to try new techniques. Although, I went by myself, I met so many other fiber junkies that I was never alone.
  • I particularly liked the "super seminar" format.
  • Seminars, opportunity to meet other weavers, and vendors were why I wanted to go. The keynote speakers were the icing on the cake!
  • Wonderful workshop; superb studio; great seminars; and meeting and mixing with friendly and like-minded people.
  • Meeting people face to face that I have been communicating with over the years. Having been involved in similar type events in other countries it was great to be at a Convergence in person.
  • When I go to Convergence I get educated and inspired.
  • I was able to meet other dyers and persons interested in textile crafts.  I enjoyed seeing the results of artists work in the juried shows.
  • Variety of classes that met a wide range of fiber arts.
  • Plenty to see and do, and all of it inspiring!     
  • So many resources.
  • This was my 8th Convergence. I would have gone no matter where it was if I did not have a family conflict (that's happened a few times). I always enjoy seeing other weavers and I love the shows.     
  • I love being around all the wonderful members of HGA.
  • Being able to take classes on weaving.
  • Having the opportunity to network with other quality fiber artists; listen to quality featured speakers (fiber artist in the field) and wander with delight through the most currently available fibers and equipments- all under the same roof!
  • Enjoy spending time with friends and other weavers, sharing our common interests and experiences.
  • Wonderful classes, great exhibits - especially love the way the yardage exhibit was displayed. Gorgeous!
  • Variety of classes offered and quality of instructors. 
  • I also realized that my work is at a level on a par with some of what was in the exhibits. I liked meeting the people behind the wonderful SS&D, Learning Xchange, and other HGA programs.
  • It was amazing to be around so many other weavers, to shop at all the vendors and to have access to the classes. The art show was inspiring.
  • The pre conference sessions provided a true learning experience. I enjoyed the entire conference, workshops and vendors because of the ability to be totally immersed in weaving and fiber arts for a full week.
  • The stimulation of seeing such beautiful works and meeting the artists that created them. The possibility of taking classes from such artists. Being with so many people with the same interest.
  • The speakers where just fabulous, I did not expect the level of excellence in the speaker programs, I was blown away.
  • It is inspiring to see the work of other weavers and to spend time with them. I come back from Convergence with ideas and renewed vitality.
  • Having been a weaver in an area that has been weaverfree for many, many years, it was tremendous to be among a vast amount of other handweavers.
  • It's always amazing to see what other fiberfolks are doing. We can talk "fiber" with someone who understands what you're talking about! The exhibits are wonderful, the vendors are an opportunity to see new things - there's no weaving shop close … to me.
  • Seeing other work and talking with other artists and craftspersons inspires me to elevate my game. I enjoy being apart of the community.