Weave a Real Peace: Creating a Connected Textile Community
Annual Meeting 2017 Debrief
WARP Members, be sure to watch for your Fall 2017 WARP Newsletter, chock full of reports and reflections on our time in Oaxaca, Mexico this past June! We’ll have more information here very soon as well, including the draft 2017 Annual Membership Meeting minutes.
Annual Meeting 2018 – Save the Date!
Make plans to join us in Decorah, Iowa June 8 – 10, 2018! We’ll stay at the campus of Luther College, and we’ll have plenty of quality time at the Vesterheim Norweigian-American National Museum. If you wish to help with planning, please contact Rita Chapman.
WARP Young Members’ Initiative – New Webpage Coming Soon
Carrie Miller, WARP’s Student Intern over the last year, has been working hard to produce an excellent report and plan for attracting and engaging younger WARP members, the WARP Young Members Initiative. Carrie worked very closely with board member Judy Newland, who is also an adjunct faculty member at CU Boulder, so oversaw Carrie’s internship project. Watch for more information soon on this exciting new effort! Carrie won one of WARP’s Alice Brown Memorial Scholarships in 2016, and attended the annual meeting in Santa Fe. We’re delighted that she’s spent the last year working for us, and that she plans to stay involved!
WARP was fortunate to have many great applicants for this year’s Alice Brown Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship pays for registration and lodging for students to attend the annual meeting. It’s always a tough decision, to choose only one or two from several good applicants. But this year, the committee easily could have picked twice the usual number of students, or more. So they did the obvious – looked for more funding! Several very generous WARP members stepped up to make special donations to help cover costs, and we were able to host three terrific students. You can read about them in the Fall 2017 Newsletter, that should land in your mailbox before the end of August. They met and became instant friends with several other students and younger members who also attended the meeting this year. The group got together for an impromptu Young Members meeting while in Oaxaca – and we look forward to hearing more about their plans for WARP very soon!
WARP is an international networking membership organization based in the United States. Starting in 1992, we offer a forum for those who strive to support long-standing textile traditions as a means for cultural preservation and economic development. We foster a global network of textile enthusiasts, artisans, academics, wholesalers, retailers, tour operators, designers, teachers, and other interested supporters. We truly are creating a connected textile community.
WARP publishes a quarterly newsletter to highlight members’ projects from around the world. Once a year we come together for our annual meeting in an area chosen for its rich regional textile resources and history. WARP members are invited to share information in our members-only Google Group. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. We invite you to join us in our work!
WARP is on YouTube! You can learn more about WARP by viewing our two NEW wonderful YouTube videos. One is a two minute version of WARP’s fascinating work, background on our mission, and how we network together, What is WARP? The second is a longer 9 minute version suitable for sharing at gatherings, called “The World of WARP”. Both feature beautiful imagery, and may be used to educate your friends and family.
Work on these new presentations has been ongoing for a few years. First, Judy Newland created a PowerPoint presentation that was viewed by the WARP board and members who attended the annual meeting in 2013. That presentation was successfully shared with guilds in England by member Helen Brotherton.
Most recently, Liz Gipson just completed work to add audio and to move our presentation to a very attractive video format. Please check out our new videos and share them with your friends and family! Later, we will also have some DVDs available, so that we can share the videos without relying on an internet connection. Thank you to Liz Gipson for these two new terrific videos!