Greater Vancouver Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild (Canada)

The Greater Vancouver Weavers' & Spinners' Guild (GVWSG) was founded by nine women in 1935. Throughout the years, the purpose of the guild has been "to promote, encourage, and improve the art and craft of weaving and spinning." The guild holds monthly meetings and programs, sales, exhibitions, and workshops; has hosted conferences, including Convergence in 2002; built an extensive library; and publishes a newsletter averaging twelve or more pages an issue. Most recently, the group wove the samples for the Guild of Canadian Weavers Newsletter. In addition, the group took a challenge to create items out of hanji paper, yarn and cloth, when a presentation by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts demonstrated the joomchi papermaking process inspired a traveling exhibit entitled "Fibre, Naturally." The group will celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary with the Interlacement Symposium to be held this year at Capilano University in May. As a prelude, a juried exhibition of innovative handweaving and spinning will take place at Crafthouse on Granville Island. The symposium week will end with the gala party opening of the exhibition of seventy-five scarves and shawls with tapestry and basketry accent pieces held at Seymour Art Gallery, Deep Cove.

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