Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild presents Glyn & Will Ruppe-Melnyk on May 18th for a presentation on Liturgical Weaving in the Judaic and Christian Traditions at our regular meeting.  The program is open to the public. 

DeKalb Cultural Arts Center – Room 4
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30338

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Meet & Greet                   10:00am
Business Meeting            10:30am
Program                           11:00am

Glyn & Will, married 32 years, are retired Episcopal priests who maintain a weaving studio in Monteagle.  Their weaving studio is adorned with unique prayer shawls, altar cloths, scarves, table runners and other items that they have created as the business expanded during retirement. They maintain a shop on Etsy where these pieces can be purchased.  But weaving is an art for them and they try to avoid production weaving, preferring unique pieces for people.

The name of the Melnyk’s business comes from an Ephod, a garment or breastplate that the Old Testament says some priests wore in ancient Jewish culture, and the pomegranate, a prominent symbol of Israel. The Melnyks are co-founders of People of the Mountain https://amhahar.com, a local Jewish group.

They presented last October at the Mississippi Liturgical Arts Conference, speaking on Weaving for Prayer and Spirituality and will return this year with workshops on Weaving an Altar Cloth or Table Runner, Weaving a Clergy Stole, and Weaving a Fringed Prayer Shawl.

As we weave, we invite the Holy Spirit to lead us in the spiral dance of pattern, texture and color. We enter the spiritual alchemy of turning yarn and thread into fabric to be used in prayer, worship and liturgy. The process, from design to production is rhythmic, contemplative, experimental, and above all, joyous. As we work, our prayers become incarnate expressions of the heart’s deepest yearnings translated into praise and celebration in which fibers are transformed into prayer shawls, altar cloths, wall hangings, or stoles.

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