COWG’S 80th Anniversary Book
Overview: The idea is to publish a book of woven projects to document the guild’s first 80 years. With 80 years comes 80 elements in the book, 40 of which are newly created projects by current COWG members. The projects are to be inspired by a woven sample from our archives that was produced by a guild member. In the book, we would feature the original woven sample, its drawdown, and a short bio about its weaver. This would be followed by your inspired sample. Ultimately, your sample and the original may look quite similar or may look very different. The swatch and drawdown of your fabric will be featured as well as the final project you created from the fabric. A bio of you and a description of your creative process to go from the original sample to the final project will be shared. In this way, we will feature 40 old samples and 40 new samples with projects. The samples themselves will be shared ‘recipe style’ while your project will be described and shown but not detailed with specific directions. The projects (and your creative process) are meant to inspire others.
Others needed: Many others are needed in the production of this book so even if you are not a weaver, you may collaborate with a weaver on the project, the sewing, the added elements, etc. We need help to keep the projects on schedule, to research the history of the guild, to write, and to proofread. All members are encouraged to participate!
First goal: To have 1/4 of the projects completed in 1 year. Hence, we need 10 projects ready for the Fashion Show slated for April 2014.
Step 1: Choose a sample to inspire your project. Once a sample is chosen, we’ll place a stick-it-note on the page and make a reference to your name, address, email, phone number on a sheet of paper so that we can color photocopy the sample for you and email and/or mail it to you. We want to maintain the sample books and files in their integrity so while you may consult the sample in person in the library at the Cultural Arts Center, you may not take home the sample itself. Pat Bullen will have samples at the Apr 28 retreat and Amy Swanson will have them at the May 18 workshop/guild meeting.
Meeting: In the next year, we’ll ‘regroup’ and share our progress on the projects as well as brainstorm and give feedback on the layout of the book itself. One idea has been to organize the past/present samples across the 8 decades and to show a timeline of history of the guild in this way. Trends in colors and weave patterns and the types of workshops in vogue can be highlighted just by the samples presented from the various decades. Also, some members went on to become famous in the fiber arts and we can feature their contributions to us/world in some way. At any rate, the ideas are in flux and this first year is key in determining if we will have the discipline to come through with our 40 projects in 4 years, giving us 1 year to wrap up and publish. So watch for meeting dates — the first one is will be sometime in June.
Thank you for your help!! Any questions? Contact Pat Bullen, firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Swanson email@example.com