Mary Meigs Atwater weaving

Guild Meetings are being held via Zoom during the Coronovirus Pandemic

September 2021 Meeting – 6:30pm via Zoom
Presented by Karen Donde

The Fascinating Life of Mary Meigs Atwater

Widely regarded as the unofficial dean of American handweaving, Mary Meigs Atwater, 1878-1956, did not start weaving until she was 40. Even then, she was not driven by a passion for making cloth. Her interests were more pragmatic. Inspired by handweaving industries in Berea, KY, and others in the South, she saw weaving as a way to help the women of her remote Montana mining community become more productive, as an occupational therapy tool for injured soldiers returning from World War I and as a means of supporting her family after the death of her husband. Beyond weaving, she was an artist, designer, world traveler, adventurer, writer, patriot, political activist, wife, mother and avid fisherman. Karen has long been a fan of Mary’s courage, adventurous spirit, keen observations and contributions to modern American handweaving. She will share some of her favorite stories and quotes from Mary’s autobiography and books.

Please note: In order to join the meeting you will need a link that will be provided in the next Fiber Focus newsletter. In order to prevent “zoom-bombing” we are not publishing the link to the meeting here.  We will have time to visit from 6:30 to 7:00 so don’t worry if you can’t join right at 6:30. The business meeting will start around 7:00 and the program with Deb Essen around 7:30.  If you are not currently a member of CHG, but would like to attend the meeting, please send a message to our Membership Chair membership@chgweavers.org , tell us a little bit about yourself and we will forward you a link to the program.Thanks

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