2020 Annual Meeting – Bozeman, Montana

Grassroots: Yarn and Tales

May 28-31, 2020

Bozeman offers something for everyone. There is outdoor adventure in every direction as well as art and cultural offerings in the vibrant historical downtown. The WARP meeting will take place on the Montana State University (MSU) campus which is locally situated and easily accessible. Registration will open in January.

The 2020 WARP annual meeting will be a Celebration of Cloth. Cloth is woven in communities in need around the world by artisans who grow or raise the fiber and continue through every step of working with that fiber until a completed weaving is cut off of the loom. The Montana settlers brought west with them their weaving culture and the first full day of the 2020 conference will be spent visiting family businesses to learn about the successes and struggles of raising and breeding quality animal fiber and the processing of that fiber into yarn.  WARP members will visit Sentinal Ranch Alpacas and LaVonne Stuckey’s Wool Mill and farm. The programming committee is planning presentations, a panel discussion, and round-table discussions centered around the grassroots efforts of the production and creativity of handmade cloth and the passion it inspires.

 

Bridging the Divide with Conversations About Cloth

WARP has rented the historic Ellen Theater in downtown Bozeman to show Marilyn and Rainer Romatka’s documentary, “Interlacements: Threads & Lives”, an event that will be promoted and open to the public. The lobby will be open 1.5 hours prior to the showing, and that is time for WARP members and the public dressed in their “Textiles that Tell a Tale” to start conversations. The documentary portrays the passion of makers of cloth and those who acquire handmade cloth. The event will serve as an opportunity to connect potential weavers and textile aficionados with local resources as well as WARP’s global perspective of the importance of handwoven cloth.