WARP’s 2024 Annual Meeting

May 15-18, Golden, Colorado

WARP Members during the Welcome Circle at the 2023 Meeting

WARP’s 2024 Annual Meeting was held in Golden, Colorado May 15-18th. Golden is directly west of Denver, Colorado, at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to an exciting lineup of speakers from the region’s textile community, we had a number of fun networking opportunities including our annual Welcome Circle, live auction and fashion show, international vendor marketplace, and discussion groups. For those who could not watch the live events, program recordings are coming soon!

WARP’s 2024 Annual Meeting will take place in Golden, Colorado, just west of Denver.

2024 Annual Meeting Presentations

Lynda Teller Pete

Navajo tapestry weaver Lynda Teller Pete is originally from the Two Grey Hills, Newcomb, NM areas of the Navajo Nation, and she now lives in Denver. Weaving is a legacy in the Teller family. For over seven generations, her family has produced award-winning rugs in the traditional Two Grey Hills regional style. Along with her weaving, Lynda is collaborating with fiber art centers, museums, universities, fiber guilds and other art venues to educate the public about Navajo history and the preservation of Navajo weaving traditions. Lynda and her sister Barbara wrote Spider Woman’s Children, Navajo Weavers Today and How To Weave a Navajo Rug and Other Lessons from Spider Woman. Lynda’s Keynote presentation is entitled, Enduring Beauty: Weaving a Diné Family History.

2023 Scholarship Recipient, Ashley Juarez-Lopez

A highlight of the Annual Meeting is learning about the work of the Alice Brown Memorial Scholarship recipients via their presentations. The scholarship assists applicants ages 35 and under to attend the WARP Annual Meeting. Preference is given to students or recent graduates, but those pursuing non-traditional career paths related to WARP’s mission are also encouraged to apply. This year, the scholarship includes a complimentary 2-year membership with WARP, Annual Meeting registration costs, room and board, and travel expenses (up to $500 for domestic travel and up to $1000 for international travel).

Julia Gomez

Julia Gomez is an acclaimed Colcha Embroidery artist from New Mexico. Julia will open Friday’s program with her presentation, A Stitch Out of Time: A story of Colcha Embroidery in New Spain. Julia is among the few artists who spin Churro wool and weave sabanilla backing cloth for colcha embroidery. Since retiring in 2002, following a 36-year career teaching home economics in the Santa Fe public schools, Julia has devoted herself to colcha embroidery. She has participated in Spanish Market for eighteen years. Among many honors, she won Best of Show in 2010. Julia loves teaching children about hand-dying, hand-spinning, and hand-weaving.

Marilyn Murphy

Marilyn Murphy is an advocate for the preservation of vital craft-related communities, traditions, and knowledge around the world, and a lifelong supporter of textile makers and artists. She is currently a partner in Clothroads, an organization dedicated to supporting sustainable opportunities for Indigenous textile artisans, and was previously president of Interweave Media, owner of Chicago’s Weaving Workshop and the founder of the Textile Arts Centre in Chicago. Marilyn serves as board president for the nonprofit Andean Textile Arts, is a selection and standards committee member for the acclaimed International Folk Art Market, an advisory council member for the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, and a mentor and advisor to many in the global textile community. Based in Fort Collins, CO, Marilyn is herself an accomplished textile artist and maker.

Jill D’Alessandro

Jill D’Alessandro joined the Denver Art Museum as director and curator of the Avenir Institute of Textile Arts and Fashion in 2023. Prior to joining the DAM, Jill served as the curator in charge of costume and textile arts at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. During her 21-year tenure in San Francisco, D’Alessandro developed over 25 exhibitions on a diverse variety of subjects, ranging from world textile traditions to twentieth- and twenty-first century fashion design. Serving as a curator of global textile collections has greatly informed her worldview and Jill is expressively interested in the study of textile arts as a vehicle to draw connections across cultures.

Megan Osborne

Megan Osborne is the Collections Manager and Assistant Curator of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University. She has curated many exhibitions including Walking in Beauty: Designs by Orlando Dugi, 2019 and Mr. Blackwell: Inspiration to Innovation, 2022. In addition to her curatorial work, Megan is responsible for the daily management and care of artifacts in the Avenir Museum Collection. She directs an active volunteer program and facilitates research with undergraduate and graduate students and visiting scholars. Megan will speak from the local institutional perspective of Denver’s unique contribution to textile arts.

WARP Members during the Members’ Exhibition Reception at the 2023 Meeting

WARP’s mission is to foster a global network of enthusiasts who value the importance of textiles to grassroots economies. Our purpose is to exchange information, raise awareness of the importance of textile traditions to grassroots economies, mobilize textile enthusiasts and create conversations that result in action.

Please share this page on: