Notes from SCTAG’s President

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SEPTEMBER, 2019 We had a wonderful "season opener" with very high attendance at the September meeting. After a short business meeting, we got down to what I consider the most fun all year: loads of show and tell.

We started with a recap of the Santa Cruz County Fair, and congratulations to all who entered & won recognition. The beautiful entries from award-winners Kris Nardello, Joan Vierra, and some of the Yarnettes were displayed. Plus, we saw Laura Ryder's rugs made during the weaving demonstration for the public. Fair coordinator Cathy Walls did say that entries were down this year, so she's hoping more of us can plan to enter items next time around.

Others shared textile items from summer trips around the world, and items made from FabMo recycled textiles, along with eco-dyed, flower-printed, felted, woven, handspun and tapestry works of art. Truly inspiring. We are an amazing bunch of artists I tell ya.

I was also thrilled to see so many of us bringing a bag lunch and staying for lively conversation around the picnic tables. Another place for true inspiration, as techniques were questioned and details fleshed out about the projects.

I'm also heartened by the response to the Weaving Study Group. There's a huge range of skill level in our new group, from newbie to experienced. So we decided to start at the beginning and put some towels on our looms. We'll do a straight threading in a stripe, and play around with plain and twill weaves on our 4 shaft looms. We have a warping demonstration scheduled as well: please see the announcement on the calendar page. Everyone is invited, not just the study group members.

And that brings me to an invitation: there is plenty of room in the building for more study groups to meet! There was some interest in tapestry, and other disciplines. It's easy to get an email list of people and then just show up! The more the merrier!

And that's me, your merry President, Joan Near nearfiberarts@gmail.com

JUNE, 2019 We had a great turnout, wonderful sharing and fabulous food at our June year-end party! Plus, it was refreshingly cool among the redwoods at Martha’s studio. Thanks, Martha, for once again hosting!!

We also had an active indigo dye pot (thanks, Kris!) which I’m remembering fondly as I try to get the blue smear off of my arm. Haha

We unanimously elected a new Board for the Guild: Joan Near (moi)  moves up from Vice President, Jennifer Dyer is now Vice President and guild Liaison to CNCH, Lyn Chambers will take on Secretary’s duties (and in September will begin taking notes in the business portion of our meetings, plus record our board meetings), and Rachelle Weiss continues as Treasurer, which is great because she’s so good at it.

The Board will review next year’s budget and have it available for members to view.

We usually get an update on next season’s exciting programs from Marilou, but she had a family issue and so you can peruse the upcoming events elsewhere on this site. The Programs position is not easy so a big thank you to Marilou for again lining up such a great year. Anyone who wants to help Marilou, please email her. She needs the help and we’d all be so grateful to you for stepping up!

We also had a fantastic response, from new and old members alike, to the idea of a beginner/refresher study group. The idea right now is to extend our stay at the Aptos location so that right after the meetings there,  this group — and even a second study group, there’s room! — can gather at a convenient and inexpensive location and time.

I plan to email all the sign-ups (right after the CNCH Conference, she said sweatily!) to get ideas for the first meeting. If you want to be on this email list, just contact me & you’re in.

I was thinking of perhaps a warping demo for the first meeting, and also it helps if everyone is on the same page, so maybe a simple project like towels that everyone can try. Over the summer I’ll arrange loaner looms and other details for those in need.

We also had a great response to our investment plan for the John Marshall classic indigo collection. But, alas, so far, not enough. We have 11 out of 20 slots filled. For $45 you get to “own” this incredible book-and-samples set for a full month as it rotates through all investors. Such a deal! We’d love to buy it directly from John when some of our members are at his workshops this summer, so think about helping us make it. happen!

Okay, see you in September! And do email me with any and everything!! —Joan Near nearfiberarts@gmail.com