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.
Kate Colwell, Vice President
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.
Mary Joan Ferrara Marsland, Treasurer
Mary Joan Ferrara Marsland studied art and specialized in weaving and fiber arts. Her art focus changed more to international indigenous crafts and weaving after living and working in Botswana for 5 years where she was originally a Peace Corp volunteer teaching weaving and other handwork skills to people with disabilities. After another year in the UK she returned to the USA and through her WARP network, in 1998 got involved in Fair Trade doing the US distribution of handmade crafts for 2 cooperatives in Guatemala, UPAVIM, for 20 years, and Mayan Hands for 14 years. Now retired and living in the mountains of WV, loves world travel, camping, reading, the outdoors, supporting artisans through collecting textiles, baskets and folk art and is finding her way back into being creative again.
Philis Alvic, Membership & Newsletter Liason
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.
Sara first joined WARP in 2007 and has attended 6 WARP Annual meetings. She lives in Hudson, NY with her partner Dillon and their daughter Luna who has also been to a couple meetings now. Sara has loved textiles for a very long time and grew up cross stitching gifts for family, friends and teachers and learning how to do basic sewing with her mom. In 2005 she had the opportunity to learn how to weave in a Camphill Community in PA and is now working with her 4th Camphill Community working with weaving, felting and knitting-all skills learned in the various Camphills she has lived in. Sara doesn’t do the crafts herself as much as set up and support people with different abilities to make the crafts their own. She loves the work she does and enjoys the area where she lives!
Maren, traveling with her husband and two young sons in 2005, fell in love with rural SE Asian textiles and cultures, and transitioned from being a project manager in the health care field to being a businessperson importing personally selected handcrafted traditional textiles from Laos and Vietnam. She and her husband founded Above the Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art in 2007 in order to document, support, and introduce to the world the incredible traditional textiles arts and cultures of this region. She and her husband are authors of Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos, published by Thrums Books. They live in Eugene, Oregon, and Maren leads village textile workshop tours to Laos and Vietnam.
Kelsey Wiskirchen is WARP’s Administrative Coordinator, responsible for WARP communication, keeping the website updated, and managing registration and logistics for our Annual Meeting. Kelsey joined WARP in 2010 as a scholarship recipient, and has remained actively involved in WARP ever since. In addition to the work she does for WARP, Kelsey teaches community textile workshops and works as a studio artist.
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.