2015 Annual Meeting – Here’s What Happened!

Thank you to everyone who attended WARP's 2015 Annual Meeting.

Our theme was Blending Tradition and Textiles.  There were textile scholars, community developers, students and fiber activists, with plenty of opportunities for education and networking.  Our Annual Meetings are golden opportunities for making new friends and for renewing our relationships with other fiber enthusiasts from across the U.S. and around the world.

The day-long program included the following speakers:

  • Kathleen Mossman Vitale on Challenges of Documenting the Maya Textile Tradition
  • Maggie Leininger (Industrious Anarchy) and Rebecca Burgess (Fibershed) on Engaging Communities through Sustainable Textiles
  • Amanda Smiles (Ruraq Maki) on Synthesizing Traditional Textiles and Fashion Design in Peru & Bolivia
  • Rocio Mena Gutierrez (read her blog) on the Importance of Textiles to Grassroots Economies in Guatemala
  • Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein (Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art) on the Weaving Culture of NE Laos

The 2015 WARP annual conference also featured presentations by student scholarship winners, hands-on workshops, a celebration of new books published by our own members—in 2015 we celebrated with Deborah Chandler—as well as an international marketplace and evening dinner and auction fundraiser.

Past WARP Annual Meetings:

2015 Mercy Center Retreat, Burlingame, CA
2014 Pallottine Renewal Center, Florissant, MO
2013 Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
2012 Outlook Hotel and Conference Center, Boulder, CO
2011 YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC
2010 Spirit in the Desert, Carefree, Arizona
2009 Mennonite Central Committee Offices, Akron, PA
2008 Casey Conference Center, Whidby Island, WA
2007 Panajachel, Guatemala – WARP’s First Annual Meeting outside the U.S.
2006 north of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
2005 Penn Center, St Helena Island, SC
2004 The Presentation Center, Los Gatos, CA
2003 YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC
2002 Black Forest Camp, Colorado Springs, CO
2001 Sargent Camp, Hancock, NH
2000 Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM
1999 Grailville, Loveland, OH
1998 New Windsor Conference Center (SERRV International), New Windsor, MD
1997 Casey Conference Center, Whidbey Island, WA
1996 Windswept, Berea, KY
1995 Stonehaven Ranch, San Marcos, TX
1994 Stonehaven Ranch, San Marcos, TX
1993 Ellizabeth Harvat’s cabin high in the Rockies near Kremmling, CO
1992 Convergence ’92, Washington DC – WARP’s First Gathering