March Guild Meeting - Speaker is Margy Norrish

Central Asia – Long Before the Silk Road Presented by Margy Norrish

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe

Most of us are familiar with the historic trade route called the Silk Road that existed for nearly 1000 years. Many have visited the trade cities of Bakara and Samarkand and Merv as they have become popular as tourist destinations. What most do not realize is that there existed a widely used trade route through Central Asia nearly 3,000 years BEFORE the so-called Silk Road. Three distinct cultures participated in this endeavor: Middle East nomadic pastoral groups, the highly civilized culture of China, and Mongol and barbarian hordes from the north. Each group made enormous contributions to textile history with their dress and costumes, from simple garments to the elaborately embroidered and surface embellished. In addition to a brief history of Central Asia and the geography of this vast land we will discuss each of these three groups to discover their textile techniques and traditions.

Margy Norrish has studied, researched, and appraised textiles for more than 20 years. A member of the Textile Society of America, Textile Museum, and former Friend of the Textile Department of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston she has attended numerous seminars and workshops in textile history and identification. Currently, Margy is researching and writing an introductory course in Textile History, from prehistoric to modern textiles.


Color Indulgence Workshop with Ted Hallman

This is a not to be missed opportunity to learn from this master weaver in a relaxed atmosphere with other beginner to advanced fiber aficionados.

For fiber persons there is nothing like studying our favorite subject, COLOR, in an experiential way. In this workshop, we are fortunate to have a source of yarns to “work with” so that we can carry out our color tests, ideas and theories in yarn. What a rare indulgence!

Besides which, you are welcome to bring in some lengths of your own yarns, adding to your own personal enjoyment. Some of the areas covered include: What are we wanting to express in our color choices when we make a piece—whether woven, knitted, crocheted, collaged? What are the possibilities? How do we choose the appropriate color? Together we will begin to explore these and other ideas with color sketches in yarn. We will question color rules and color theories and see if we can discern wherein lies the magic of color.

When: May 30-31, 2012, Wednesday & Thursday, 9:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe, NM
More Info: Full information can be found in the online flyer.