Please note changes—we will not be hosting Wednesday evening due to conflict with Fair Trade sponsors events.
The Northeastern Ohio Weavers community will be hosting a weaver from Oaxaca, Mexico between October 25th and November 2nd. Medina Spinning & Weaving Guild will be hosting him on Thursday, October 30th at Kent State University and then that evening at Jan Pesek’s home.
We will spend the day at Kent State University for a graduate student tapestry exhibit, a demonstration of their jacquard loom and a weaving demonstration by our guest in the morning. After lunch on your own, we will meet at the Kent State University Museum to view the American Tapestry Alliance exhibition. As time allows, we can view the felted and nuno felted exhibit as well as the highly recommended the master jewelers’ exhibit. The museum is open until 8:45 pm so you won’t be rushed! To see the listing of all the exhibits offered, look online at www2.kent.edu/museum/exhibits.
Thursday October 30th’s timetable
10:00 am – We will assemble inside the back door of Terrace Hall Annex located on Baumgardner Circle off Midway Drive that can be entered from East Main Street. From there we will walk to Merrill Hall via the Esplanade (5 minute walk). Located within Merrill Hall is the permanently installed tapestry designed by textile grad students from a couple years past.
From there, we will walk to Oscar Ritchie Hall to view the tapestries of current grad student, Liz DeBellis. This exhibit entitled, Mapping Threads, represents her MFA Thesis Show. See lizdebellis.net.
Then we will move next door to the Textile Department on the second floor of Terrace Hall Annex. A grad student will provide a tour of the studio with a demonstration of their jacquard loom. Our guest, Marco Vasquez, will then present his Zapotec weaving for all to see.
Lunch time! We will be on our own for lunch.
2:30 pm – We will gather at the Kent State Museum, 515 Hilltop Drive (corner of East Main and South Lincoln Streets). There is parking next to the building. The American Tapestry Biennial 10 exhibit will begin our afternoon. Following that, we can continue on to see all the other exhibits as time allows. There is a $5.00 ($4.00 for 55 or older) entry fee for the Museum.
For an interactive map to assist you with directions within the Kent State Campus go to www2.kent.edu/campuses/maps/map.cfm.
Following our day at Kent State, everyone is invited to come to Jan’s home, for a potluck dinner. The invitation is open to all Guilds regardless of participation or lack of at Kent State. We will begin with appetizers when we arrive and dinner will start between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm to allow for folks that work to arrive. Marco Vasquez will have a loom to demonstrate his Zapotec weaving. Please remember to bring a woven item to show Marco.
For other activities please see Western Reserve Spinners & Weavers guild website wrspinweave.org.
Marco Antonio Bautista Vasquez’s story embodies a beautiful combination of traditional Zapotec ways and contemporary life. He learned to weave at age nine from his father and mother. As a child, he enjoyed making toys from found objects and later transferred the creative skill to playing with yarns, weaving and unraveling them to become beautiful rugs. He developed as a weaver over many years while completing his primary education in village schools and later commuting by bus to Oaxaca City. Vasquez has an engineering degree from the Technical University in Oaxaca City, made possible by selling the rugs and bags from his loom. He continues to weave along with his mother and father who also maintain a subsistence farm. Vasquez maintains a Zapotec life, and travels to share his work as weaver. One day he dreams of an advanced degree or creating his own business. (from OhioFairTrade.com)