Plying the Arts in Georgia

 

Members of the Peachtree Handspinners Guild are able to explore a wide range of textile skills at Plying the Arts. Photo: Eric Hoar.


 

The members of the Peachtree Handspinners Guild (PHG) in Georgia have been celebrating the group's thirtieth anniversary with fibery camaraderie and skill-sharing. Early in the guild's history, this enthusiastic group of southern handspinners held an event called Plying the Arts. It is not an annual gathering, but has continued to grow and evolve each time it is held. PHG member and fiber arts instructor Paula Vester tells us a bit about this year's Plying the Arts and the guild she loves so much.

 

"This year was the third time we paired with the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Georgia, to host Plying the Arts. A beautiful arts center in a great town, the Lyndon House Arts Center opened its doors and we took over. We had vendors from Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia; our thirteen instructors were all members of the PHG Family. Fifty-five folks signed up for 126 sessions of classes that included dyeing, spinning, knitting, crochet, papermaking, bookbinding, and other techniques that excited the students. The participants included preteens, teens, as well as adults of all ages.

 

Over one hundred class sessions were offered at this year's Plying the Arts event. Photo: Eric Hoar.

"Both days we had great door prizes made available not only from the vendors but from companies from all over the United States. Some of our donations came from WEBS, Paradise Fibers, Yarn Barn of Kansas, Georgia Cotton Commission, John C. Campbell Folk School, Atlanta's High Museum of Art, Booth Western Art Museum, and Emory University's Michael C. Carlos Museum. The weekend ended with folks taking home new inspirations, ideas and projectssome done and some in progress. Each time we hold a Plying the Arts event, everyone goes home and says, 'We can't wait for the next one!'"

 

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