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.
Dorinda Dutcher, Vice President
Dorinda lives in Bozeman, Montana, recently resettled after living 11 years in Independencia, Bolivia working with rural weavers. The work is called PAZA, and began as a Peace Corps development project in 2008. In 2018, the program reached a point of local sustainability except for the marketing of the hand spun, natural dyed weavings which can be better handled from the U.S. Although not a weaver, a passion for indigenous textiles was kindled and grew during repeat trips to Guatemala and Indonesia in the 80’s and 90’s. Dorinda joined WARP in 2010 which kindled friendships and support that allowed PAZA to grow and thrive to this day.
Sara Lamb, Secretary
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. Specializing in beautiful hand-made leather and woven-wool handbags, Sara 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.
Philis Alvic, Treasurer
Philis is an artist, weaver, and writer living in Lexington, KY. Her woven wall textiles have been featured 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 Knausenberger, Membership
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.
Judi Jetson, Marketing & Development
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.
Carrie Miller, Marketing & Development
Carrie Miller is a textile artist whose current work focuses on sewn sculpture/installation as well as weaving. She has been an art instructor to students of all ages. Her work was recently exhibited at the 12thBiennial International Textile Exhibition in Ukraine and featured on the cover of Shuttle, Spindle, Dyepot magazine. Carrie received her MFA in Fibers from Colorado State University, did her internship with WARP helping to develop the Young Members Initiative and blogposts, and is starting work at the Schacht Spindle Company in Boulder, CO in fall of 2018.
Mariana Mace, Artisan Textile Resource Guide
Mariana has been a loom weaver for almost fifty years and a basket weaver for more than twenty. Her academic background is in anthropology, textiles, Native American art history and museology. She was a special Education teacher and testing specialist for fifteen years, then became involved with the Jensen Arctic Museum at Western Oregon University as a volunteer, board member and finally curator/director for fifteen years until she retired. Susan joined WARP very early on and remembers being totally awestruck at the breadth of experience and commitment evident from the first conference she attended. She delights in the influx of new and younger members, especially students. Mariana has loved collecting and then regifting world textiles for a very long time.
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 WARP’s Newsletter Editor, responsible for creating 4 high-quality colorful informative issues every year. Linda 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.