“Weaving Techniques of Guatemala” presented by Karen Searle

Thursday, February 13; 6:30pm presentation; 5:30pm, social


Join fiber artist and expert Karen Searle for a presentation on the weaving techniques of Guatemala, with slides, discussion, and plenty of samples to peruse. This talk is presented in conjunction with “Looms, Belts and Hair Ribbons, Bags and Utility Cloths: Guatemalan Textiles from the Collection of Karen Searle” on view in WGM’s main classroom. Karen’s collection includes samples of backstrap weaving, crochet, embroidery, and brocade.

Karen has been traveling in South America and writing about, learning, and exploring South American textiles for four decades. Her books include “Finishes in the Ethnic Tradition” and “Latin American Brocades: Explorations in Supplementary Weft Techniques” (with Suzanne Baizerman). Karen teaches at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota and the Textile Center; classes include inkle and card weaving, netting techniques, joomchi (papermaking) and scaffold weaving. Join us for a night of colorful and captivating textiles! Free.

About: Karen Searle’s sculptures in fiber and mixed media using various needlework techniques have been exhibited in the US and abroad. She has lectured internationally, curated exhibitions, and judged textile design competitions. Karen began her teaching career at WGM in the 1970s and has taught at St. Catherine University, Canberra School of Art, and at numerous textile conferences. As a journalist, she covers the contemporary crafts field. She has mentored emerging artists through the Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) Mentor Program since 1991.