Grassroots: Yarn and Tales
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Annual Meeting has been postponed to 2021 (Exact dates TBD). The health and safety of our members is our priority, and we look forward to gathering in Bozeman, Montana in 2021.
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 2021.
The 2021 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 2021 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 Stucky’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 evening 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. We are thrilled that the event will include a book signing with Thrums Books, and representation by the Bozeman Weavers Guild.