Sharing a love of learning
|Verna Wulfekammer pictured in 1963. Photo courtesy of the Columbia Weavers and Spinners' Guild.|
The Columbia Weavers and Spinners' Guild (Missouri) was established in 1947 as the Columbia Weavers Guild. The name was changed in the early 1980s to include those interested in handspinning. Since then, guild members have continued to expand their interests and expertise into a wide variety of fiber arts.
One reason the guild has been so successful in educating and developing the skills of its membership is the Verna Wulfekammer Memorial Trust. Ms. Wulfekammer (1900-1994) was a member of the guild for forty-seven years and professor of art education at the University of Missouri for four decades. The trust was established in 1996 "to provide support for fiber related educational activities for the benefit of guild members and other artists." Guild president Maggie Walter says that since the trust was established, "the guild has distributed more than $90,000 to its members to pay for a variety of learning experiences. Some individuals have attended the Midwest Weavers Conference and studied sorting and grading alpaca fiber and Jacquard weaving techniques. Study groups have hosted workshops such as color design with rag rugs, natural dying , designing sewing patterns, contemporary fiber arts, basketry, ripsmatta, early traditional weaving techniques, knitting, and feltmaking, all taught by nationally recognized artists. Some money has gone to support Access Arts, a local arts school accessible to everyone. We buy books for the guild's library and for several years, funds were used to support a Youth Fiber Arts workshop."
To learn more about Verna Wulfekammer's work, writings, and legacy, visit the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection at the University of Missouri-Columbia.