A Nigerian master dyer, in residence at Penn Center, now a conference center where the 2005 meeting was held, and originally the first school for freed slaves in South Carolina.   Photo by Adrienne Sloane.

A historic Gullah house of worship on St. Helena Island.  Photo by Adrienne Sloane.

Board member Deborah Brandon, retiring board member Hope Thomas and board member Adrienne Sloane enjoy the scenery on St. Helena Island.


May 29 - 31, 2015

Plan to join us for our next Annual Meeting - May 29 to 31, 2015, at the Mercy Center Retreat, Burlingame, CA, in the San Francisco area.

We are requesting proposals for presentations and workshops, due October 30, 2014. Click here for details.

This year's meeting was held May 9 - 11, 2014 at the Pallottine Renewal Center in Florissant, Missouri.

We began the weekend on Friday afternoon at the St. Louis Art Museum. We visited with Zoe Perkins, the curator of the current textile exhibition, Mother Earth, Father Sky: Textiles from the Navajo World.

We had a dynamic day planned for Saturday, and invited local and regional guilds and students at universities surrounding the St. Louis area to attend.

Saturday's featured speakers included a morning talk by Linda Ligon and Joe Coca about the making of Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes, a book of portraits that features weaving elders from the highlands of Peru published by Thrums Books. Linda Ligon is the founder of Interweave, the largest publisher of spinning and weaving media in the world and of Thrums Books, publishers of books on traditional artisan-made textiles. For over thirty-five years, Joe Coca has maintained a popular photography studio in Fort Collins, Colorado. He travels the world photographing people, places, and things, in particular handcrafted textiles.

In the afternoon, attendees were invited to participate in a natural dye potluck hosted by WARP members Karen Searle and Judy Newland. The presenters gave participants a hands-on introduction into the fascinating world of adding color to cloth. Attendees of the afternoon event were invited to bring a small piece of cloth or skein of yarn to dye in a number of dye vats.

During Saturday's public market hours, there was a book signing by Joe Coca and a display of portraits from Faces of Tradition. In the evening, local guests were invited to stay for dinner and the auction fund raiser.

To learn more about Thrums Books visit www.thrumsbooks.com.

For information about the Pallottine Renewal Center, please see www.pallottinerenewal.org.

Past WARP Annual Meetings:

    1992 Convergence '92, Washington DC
    1993 Ellizabeth Harvat's cabin high in the Rockies near Kremmling, CO
    1994 Stonehaven Ranch, San Marcos, TX
    1995 Stonehaven Ranch
    1996 Windswept, Berea, KY
    1997 Casey Conference Center, Whidbey Island, WA
    1998 New Windsor Conference Center (SERRV International), New Windsor, MD
    1999 Grailville, Loveland, OH
    2000 Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM
    2001 Sargent Camp, Hancock, NH
    2002 Black Forest Camp, Colorado Springs, CO
    2003 YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC
    2004 The Presentation Center, Los Gatos, CA
    2005 Penn Center, St Helena Island, SC
    2006 north of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
    2007 Panajachel, Guatemala
    2008 Casey Conference Center, Whidby Island, WA
    2009 Mennonite Central Committee Offices, Akron, PA
    2010 Spirit in the Desert, Carefree, Arizona
    2011 YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC
    2012 Outlook Hotel and Conference Center, Boulder, CO
    2013 Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
    2014 Pallottine Renewal Center, Florissant, MO