President - Joan Vierra
Guild President since 2016. Previously Secretary.
“I have been weaving for almost fifty years. The first time I was in a weaving classroom it was my mother who was taking the class. I was too young for school, so I got to go along.
Twelve years later I returned to that college and signed up for beginning weaving, Turned out to be the same instructor. I've woven ever since then, and love it for it's never-ending vistas of possibilities. The great ‘what if’.”
Vice President/CNCH Coordinator - Joan Near
“I’ve been weaving for around 15 years, and went to my first SCTAG meeting way back then. I absolutely loved the guild meetings because of the inspiration, the wealth and diversity of knowledge, and the true dedication to pursuing excellence in the fiber arts. The show & tell each month gave me goosebumps!! However, it took several more years and (finally) retirement to be able to make the meetings regularly.
At that point I really wanted to give back to the guild, so I got involved. At first I just showed up early to help set up the chairs and tables. I brought my finished items and shared about them. Then there was an opening on the Programs committee and that’s where I’ve been contributing for the past 3 years, along with some outreach efforts. I’m also active in the guild’s umbrella organization, CNCH, helping to plan regional conferences. It all comes back to Santa Cruz fiber artists one way or another!”
Treasurer/Membership - Rachelle Weiss
Guild Treasurer since 2016. Previously Publicity Chair.
“When I first approached the guild, my purpose was to find folks with dyeing experience -- and did I ever luck out! At that time, weaving was not a focus, but stitching, collage and beading were along with my good, old go to -- knitting. Then came an introduction to Japanese braiding via the guild since braiding/narrow wares are, after all, a subset of weaving. From there, on to other Japanese textile traditions -- shibori using stitch resists and fold/clamp techniques with a focus on natural dyes. Then, a year ago or so, my interest in weaving was reborn and this is where I am now with more options than I will ever be able to explore.”
Secretary: Barbara Boone
I come from a family of quilters, knitters, seamstresses and every other kind of fiber work you can think of except weaving. So, in the early 80s I satisfied a lifelong desire and bought a four shaft Gilmore. After my retirement in the late 90s I joined the guild and have served as program chair, vice president, president and finally, secretary.
It must have been in the late 90s that I attended a lecture on Kumihimo and Peruvian Braids by Rodrick Owen at the De Young Museum. Soon after I had an opportunity to study with Makiko Tada. Braiding offers many avenues for exploration and will continue to fascinate me for years to come.
Program Directors: Joan Near, Marilou Moschetti
Workshop Coordinator: Mibs Somerville
Librarian: Janet Pollock
Historian: Laura Rider
County Fair Liaison: Cathy Walls
Webmaster: Marsha Hein
Past President: Marion Sticht