Learn more about Irene Wood, a past WGM member, weaver, instructor and board member:

“Irene Kellogg Wood was born October 31, 1915 but didn’t begin to learn to weave until 1957 after her two children left home to attend a secondary boarding school. Wood joined the Weavers Guild of Minnesota in 1957 and was their president in 1968 when the Guild’s school was started. She joined the Midwest Weavers Conference in 1960 and served as their president in 1974 when the conference was held in St. Paul. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from Metropolitan State University. Work on her book of twill patterns for multiple harness looms resulted from her baccalaureate studies.

Wood taught her first class for the Weavers Guild in 1970 at the age of 55 and continued teaching at the Guild’s school for another 20 years almost up until her death in 1992. She also conducted numerous workshops and seminars and was instrumental in the 1980 formation of the Minnesota Federation of Weavers Guilds and Fiber Artists Conference. Wood served as a judge for the 1978 Handweavers Guild of America, for the 1984 Minnesota Federation Conference, and for the Minnesota State Fair from 1972-1988. She specialized in floor loom weaving and was especially interested in coverlets.” Biography and more information can be found here: http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/P2424.xml

A coverlet of Irene’s is in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Mia) collection and can be found here: