Rug/Tapestry Study Group Minutes July 13, 2013

Present: Catherine Eastman, Mary Howell, Sue Ranta, Linda Carlson, Jane Marie.

Pictures will be used for publicity so if you have pieces ready, Sue will photograph them. Call her for an appointment. 402-423-5178. She would like to do this on Thursday, August 15.

Sue will be printing the show brochure which will include information about the Guild, the show, and contact information for each artist. We need to be sure everyone is listed with the contact information they choose. Please get this information to Sue by August 1.

Jan will make them, they will be 4 X 6 size. The following information needs to be given to Jan by September 1: Title of piece, artist name, fiber, weaving structure, inspiration for the piece, price or NFS. If you’re using handspun yarn, must specify what percentage of the piece is handspun yarn.

Lori is organizing food for the Reception including paper goods. Everyone will need to bring finger foods (nothing requiring forks or spoons) beverages will be coffee, tea, ice water.

Linda is organizing cleanup which will primarily include washing serving pieces and cleaning up trash

Postcards: Sue will be making postcards for each exhibitor to mail to family & friends. Let her know by Aug 1 how many you need. We will also give postcards to those attending the Studio Open House to let them know about the upcoming show.

Sue will also do a poster (8½ x 11 size) that could be posted on bulletin boards in churches, coffee shops, etc. We will post them in the neighborhood store windows and anyone who wants to take one (or more) to post should plan to do so.

Cheryl will post information in the church bulletin and newsletter, Jan will send info to her by Sept 15 (include postcard).

Jan will notify news outlets, community calendars, etc. including:
Neighborhood Extra, Ground Zero, Lincoln Art Guild, Lincoln Arts Council, Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Wendy Weiss at UNL’s Hillstead Gallery, College View Neighborhood Association, Country Club Neighborhood Association (the church belongs), Bread & Cup (poster), coffee houses like Meadowlark, the Mill, The Yarn Store, Hillstead Gallery, International Quilt Museum, Omaha Weavers Guild, Hastings Weavers Guild, Southeast Community College, and will list the opening reception in the “First Friday” listings. She will see if Cindy Lange-Kubick will do an article on the show. Also Handwoven has a news release that we will use.

Hanging: Catherine and Cheryl (we each don’t need to supply our own fishing line). Hanging will be in the morning on Sept. 30. Linda and Mary will help.

Jan has contacted Wendy Weiss who is willing to do it – she has asked if she could do the judging prior to 6:00 p.m. on Sept 30. Need to coordinate with those hanging the show. Need  someone from the guild to “host” Wendy, unlock the door, explain things, have the awards ready and post them on the pieces once she makes her choices. We will pay a stipend of $50 to Wendy for judging.

Names on hangtags will be covered during the judging and pieces will be numbered for this.

Taking down: Lori & Mary will take the show down on Friday, November 1.

Finishing workshop:
July 27 – 10:00 – 3:00
Steaming – Cheryl before lunch
Hanging techniques – Cheryl with wood, Jan with Velcro, Sharon with sleeves
Presenting pieces to the hangers – Catherine 

Costs: We need to calculate all costs soon so we can give people adequate warning before payment is expected.

Awards – The actual awards will be printed on nice paper like a handmade paper as a border, with the name of the award printed on it, and will be hung on the wall next to the hangtag for each winning piece. (Criteria for each award is posted in the May minutes on the website.)

People’s Choice
Best Decorative Piece
Best Wearable Piece
Best First Entry
Best Weaving Using Handspun Yarn                    
Best Handspun Yarn
Handwoven’s WEAVING FOR THE HOME Award of Excellence

Deadlines: Please mark your calendar – you will need to remember these!

August 1:
Everyone let Sue know how many postcards they need. Also give Sue your contact information to be listed in the brochure.
August 15:
Sue will be photographing any pieces that are ready at the Studio. Call her for an appointment: 402-423-5178.
September 1:
Hangtag/placard info to Jan. Postcards ready to distribute for mailing
September 28:
Pieces due to the studio – weavings, wraps, tubes, etc. all must have weavers’ names on them. All items must be marked with their titles or other identifying information so the correct hangtag/placard is put up with the correct piece.
September 30, am:
Hang the show
September 30, pm:
Judging the show
October 4:
Opening reception 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Food must be brought to the church by 4:00 p.m.
November 1:
Take down the show
November 2:
Pieces ready to be picked up at the Studio

Is anyone still interested in trying out any of the weaving structures we learned about in the Rug Basics Class? If not we’ll take them off the looms.

Announcement: Looms will be going on sale at the UNL Surplus Inventory Sale this Saturday, July 20. About 8 4 shaft Ullman looms. Please spread the word. Working order, light weight. Weaving width about 36".

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