Fiber cloth project
Nancy Duncan, Linda Hartig & Sheila O’Hara – May 2021

Lecture: Creative Journeys in a Difficult Year
May 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM (during the guild meeting)
Non-guild members are welcome
Online Zoom meeting

After the fires, the pandemic struck and Nancy Duncan was reminded of the illustrations done before the year 1,000, millennium, when they expected the world to end. Nancy was inspired to create a small book using illustrations that she’s always liked from that era.

Linda Hartig was inspired to use her time to weave a wall hanging based on a trip she and her husband, Bruce, took to Italy in 2019. Linda and Bruce collaborated to create a 17” X 60” pictorial weaving.

When the pandemic struck, Sheila O’Hara was concerned for the whole planet. In her immediate circle she was sorry to have to cancel her Tuesday home studio weaving classes but happy to comply with the regulations. Fortunately she was able to help several of her students with projects at home. In July she spotted the news of the Handweavers Guild of America Kitchen Towel Exchange and signed up. Little did she know it would lead to 3 warps and 51 towels that would bring her focus and peace throughout these trying times. She was thrilled when the guild started up Zoom meetings.

Join us to see and hear about Nancy, Linda, and Sheila’s creative journeys in a difficult year.

NANCY DUNCAN Nancy began weaving in 1978 in Houston. She was a member of the Houston Guild and then the Tamalpais Guild after moving to Marin. Nancy began weaving wall hangings about 25 years ago and that is still her main interest. Nancy no longer weaves wall hangings, but satisfies her art by weaving small notecards, bookmarks, coasters and books on her small laptop loom. Nancy joined the Redwood guild in 2002 and is moving to Santa Fe, where she is considering joining the Santa Fe guild. Nancy is going to miss the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts, but will keep being involved as long as the meetings are held on Zoom.

LINDA HARTIG Linda has been weaving for over 10 years, but has much more time for this passion now that she has retired to Sebastopol. While her early training was in detailed pattern weaves, she is now branching out to colors, textures and representational works inspired by West County teachers Marta Shannon and Nadine Sanders.

SHEILA O’HARA. Art became a part of Sheila’s everyday life because her parents encouraged their children to take art classes. Sheila first learned to weave at age ten and then received a BFA in Textiles from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA, in 1976.  She has woven on many types of looms including a 16 harness AVL compudobby loom and an AVL 672 hook hand jacquard loom. Her artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are in numerous corporate, private and museum collections. She feels very fortunate that her career as a weaver has brought her around the world to experience the cultural wonders that make up our planet of amazing beings. Sheila lives with her husband in Lake County, CA.

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