WARP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1992. Our Board members are elected at each year’s Annual Meeting and serve 3-year terms.
Susan Weltman, President
Susan is a weaver, and enthusiastic natural dyer. She had a long career in community mental health as a social worker and family therapist and has taught and written about family therapy. An avid hiker, she loves to travel and visit fellow weavers and artisans. Connection – between family, friends, community and fellow travelers – has always been a large part of her life, so WARP’s mission of Creating a Connected Textile Community felt like a perfect fit. And Susan loves entertaining WARP members visiting NYC.
Judi Jetson, Vice-President
Judi is a spinner, dyer, weaver and fiber-activist who likes yarnbombing and creating with friends in the Asheville, NC area. An economic developer with a love for rural areas and small towns, she created a rural initiative for the US Small Business Administration, consults internationally on community revitalization based on arts, founded and co-ran a fine craft gallery in Tampa’s Ybor City, served as Economic Development Director for Handmade in America, and established Local Cloth, a nonprofit to grow the fiber economy in her region. Judi’s passion is finding ways for fiber artists around the world to make a decent living.
Karen Searle, Secretary
Karen is a sculptor in fiber and mixed media who exhibits internationally and lives in St Paul, MInnesota. She is a teacher, mentor, writer and former publisher in the arts field. Her articles have appeared in Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot and many others. Karen directs a mentorship program for women artists and leads textile tours to Guatemala. She served on WARP’s founding board.
Philis Alvic, Treasurer
Philis is an artist, weaver, and writer living in Lexington, KY. Her woven wall textiles have been in over 300 exhibitions. Two of her books have been published – Weavers of the Southern Highlands and Crafts of Armenia – and she has written over 120 magazine articles. Philis has served as a design and craft-marketing consultant in thirteen countries.
Janice G Knausenberger is a weaver and educator. She grew up in California, completed her graduate degree in biology in Virginia, and then lived in the Caribbean, Maryland and Africa, before returning to Maryland. A former consultant on silk with ICIPE (International Consortium of Insect Physiology and Ecology) in Nairobi, she continues to consult with groups in Kenya about designing for production and production efficiency. Janice embraces WARP’s focus on youth and hopes we can more heartily find ways to learn from and encourage groups who bring different ways of seeing the fiber arts and weaving.
Sara Lamb has spent over 40 years as a spinner, weaver, and dyer, and is the author of 3 books on spinning and weaving published by Interweave Press. She also lectures and gives workshops in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. She is a longtime member of WARP, having joined to support and enable traditional textile work all over the world.
Judy Newland lives in northern Colorado and is a museum anthropologist, textile historian, weaver, spinner, natural dyer and a mom! She has created over 100 exhibitions during her museum career and currently manages the studio and blogs for ClothRoads, a textile company that supports artisans around the world. Sharing cultural stories, connecting artisans and bringing in young members keeps her going.
Barbara Scott is a hobby weaver, gardener and community activist living near Philadelphia, where she retired from work as a college and non-profit administrator and occupational therapist. Her love of hand-woven fabric was born while doing human rights advocacy in Guatemala in the 1980s, and nurtured while writing grants with a Maya women’s group. With both an academic background in international studies and experience with diverse small non-profit groups, Barbara brings a wholistic view of WARP’s potential and skills to help it bloom.
Rita Chapman is WARP’s Administrative Coordinator, responsible for answering emails, paying bills, keeping the website updated, and managing registration and logistics for our Annual Meeting. She loves her home and family and animals in beautiful Michigan. A detail-oriented “people person”, a problem-solver, and adept at using technology, Rita enjoys using these skills to serve WARP’s mission and members.
Linda Temple is a retired librarian, has been involved in numerous fair trade endeavors for the past 30 years. She weaves and spins for fun, and has been a member of WARP for 25 years.