Instructor Biographies



Cameron Taylor-Brown  

Cameron Taylor-Brown has immersed herself in the worlds of fiber, education and commerce since the 1970s. She studied fiber art at the University of California, Berkeley, with artist Ed Rossbach and textile design at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. She worked in New York City as a stylist of upholstery and home furnishing fabrics, taught textile design at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science and worked as an exhibition curator. Since 1985, Taylor-Brown has lived in Los Angeles where she maintains a studio and is active in arts and education. She is a board member of the Fowler Textile Council, was a founding board member of the Textile Group of Los Angeles and was a past President of California Fibers and Designing Weavers. She recently founded ARTSgarage, a textile resource center in Los Angeles. Her work is widely exhibited and has been featured in Fiber Art Now, American Craft and Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. She teaches color and design workshops at schools, guilds, museums and conferences throughout the United States.


Margaret Coe

Growing up in Bradford, Yorkshire, the center of the UK wool and worsted industry, is integral to Margaret's weave/design passion. Her early introduction to computers (1970s) along with teaching spinning, dyeing, and weaving, led her to focus on digital design and weave structures, prompting a return to college in the Digital Design department. She has completed college studies in graphic design with concentrations in web design and digital approaches to weave design. She is the author of four weaving-related books: Fit 2 be Tied ~ a digital approach; Designing 4 the Future—a digital weave primer; 2 be Tied, or Not 2 be Tied; and “4-8 . . . Weave!” She has received national awards in knit design and weaving.


Mary Hettmansperger

Mary Hettmansperger is the owner of Gallery 64.  Mary teaches in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, UK and Singapore internationally,  and across the US, at Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Art and Craft Schools, and private Guilds for the past 30 years.  She has authored and illustrated 4 books Fabulous Woven jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, fold and Rivet, and Mixed metal Jewelry workshop, and Heat, Color, Set and Fire.  She has produced 3 DVD’s for Interweave on surface design and jewelry.  Other books include, Jewelry Design Challenge, 500 Baskets, Fiber Arts Design Book 7, the Gourd Book, Creative Scarecrows, Pushing the envelope, Fabulous Found object jewelry, Teapots - makers and collectors, Beading with Crystals, and Creative Beading Volume 2.  Mary has had work exhibited at private Galleries, SOFA, and invitational exhibits.  She does segments for the PBS programming, on-line workshops and you-tube segments – with Beads Baubles and Jewels, and Quilting Art. She’s had her work published in many magazines, including, Quilting Arts, Art Jewelry, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot, and Crafts Report. 


Bobbie Irwin                    

Bobbie has been weaving since 1973 and teaching for guilds and conferences since 1986. In her studio in Montrose, Colorado, she particularly enjoys playing “what-if?” games, pushing the limits of traditional techniques using modern materials, designs, and interpretations. Her love of research is reflected by her numerous textile studies, resulting in new classes and publications. She has taught for more than 80 guilds in 40 states and two Canadian provinces. Bobbie has been a keynote speaker at six of the many conferences where she has taught.


Bobbie has written more than five dozen textile and craft-business articles, published in 15 different journals in three countries, and she is the author of four textile books. She has been a contributing editor, columnist, and/or editorial assistant for Handwoven, Spin-Off, Piecework, and Fiberarts, as well as having edited several books by other authors. For more than a decade, Bobbie’s most popular workshop has been about iridescent fabrics, her favorite research topic and the subject of her newest book (currently in production). Bobbie is a member of the San Juan Weavers Guild and Complex Weavers.


Robyn Spady

Robyn Spady learned to weave over 45 years ago and completed HGA's COE-W in 2004.  She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon weave structures, narrow warp weaves, and the many forms of passementerie.  Robyn is a well-known instructor and speaker who is always fascinated by the unlimited ways to manipulate fiber and fabric.  She is also the founder and editor of the weaving magazine Heddlecraft.



Diane Totten

Dianne Totten, a weaver for over 35 years and teacher for twenty, enjoys creating purses and bags of all shapes and sizes from her handwoven fabrics. Her expertise in sewing complements her passion for weaving.  Dianne’s award-winning work has appeared nationally and internationally. She teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School in NC as well as for guilds and regional conferences in the US and Canada, and at Convergence 2012.  She has two crimp cloth DVD’s available and has been published in SS&D, Handwoven, Weavers, Complex Weavers Journal, and VävmagasinetVäv chose her crimp jacket as “Best in Show” in its category at the Swedish National Convention Fashion Show.


Linda Taft Walburn

Linda Walburn, an artist for 40 years, she’s been a “woman of the cloth” for 35 of those years. Workshops and a Liberal Arts degree pointed her in the direction that would be the main focus of her art throughout her career; cloth, color and nature. Linda has won many awards. It all began when, as a fledgling artist, she won “Best in Show” as well as Purchase Prize from Oakland Community College in, Royal Oak, MI, in 1982. She has exhibited and sold widely throughout the United States. Recent awards are: 2012, “Best in Show” at Fiber Art Show at the 577, Perrysburg, OH; Award of Excellence at Form not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, New Albany, IN; 2012 an exhibitor in ArtPrize in 2012. She was published in Surface Design, Spring 2007. Linda teaches art classes in color and design, art-quilting techniques, various screen printing methods and Photoshop. On the softer side of art, she also teaches, There is No Such Thing as Creative Block, and Dancing With Your Cloth.


Barbara J. Walker Fiber Artist H.G.A. Master Weaver Author

Barbara J. Walker is passionate about weaving and ply-splitting. She is an active member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen, has taught at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, holds HGA’s Master Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving, and has conducted workshops and seminars in the US, England, and Canada. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and two of her pieces are the only examples of ply-splitting in Lark Books' 500 Baskets. She is an enthusiastic educator and has had numerous articles published in major weaving publications. She published Supplementary Warp Patterning: Turned Drafts, Embellishments & Motifs in 2016 and Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns: Interpreting Weave Structures in Ply-Split Braiding in 2012.




Pat Brown

Pat Brown is a long time knitter, weaver, dyer and a true workshop junkie. She has taught this particular technique to guild groups in both Michigan and North Carolina. Each year she works with the students at the local DAR school to make these scarves for fund raising. Pat gives freely of her time and weaving knowledge by teaching beginning weaving at a local community center. 


Linda Harwood

Years ago Linda taught herself primitive rug hooking which  is an early American art.  She uses recycled wool material as well as new material and turn it into a hooked piece. Linda wants her  hooking and kits to appear old, therefore she over dyes the wool and use different textures to help build the hooked pieces.  I have been hooking since the early 1980’s and teaching since the early 1990’s.  In addition making up kits for other hookers, she sells hooked rugs  and does commission pieces.Linda enjoys this art and has been able to share it with others through teaching, demonstrations and kits, Linda always looks forward to making new friends through the shared love of this art.


Anne Kornow

Jewelry making is my second career.  I loved my first career in special education, and always incorporated art into my curriculum as a special education teacher and teacher/consultant.  I feel that children and adults embed new learning more effectively if they are actively involved in hands on related experiences such as art, crafts, or even cooking. While taking jewelry making classes at community college, art centers/guilds, community education, and bead stores, it was suggested that I sell some creations and I did so through art and craft shows. After retirement from the schools, I was asked to be a partner in a local art and gift shop, Artistica Gallery. I now show my work at Artistica Gallery in Dexter, Bier Art Gallery in Charlevoix, and Chasing Fireflies in Ann Arbor. 


Susan Moran

Susan Moran is a textile artist whose works incorporate shibori, silkscreen, and stitching to create work inspired by the natural world and common human experiences. She has been a faculty member of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit since 1986. Commissions include textiles for the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, United Technologies Automotive, and the Michigan Horticultural Society. In 2007 she was awarded a grant from the National Surface Design Association for travel to Florence Italy, to research Renaissance Italian silks and velvets. In 2012 she was Artist-in-Residence at Maker Works Ann Arbor, exploring laser cutting on fabric. Her work has been profiled in Fiberarts Magazine. Her most recent solo exhibition was at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort MI in 2015. She is represented by River Gallery in Chelsea, Michigan.


Jeanne Sarna

Textiles have always played an important part in her life and career; from weaving, spinning, sewing, knitting, crocheting, felting, hand dying, Kumihimo, jewelry making and all sorts of hand work have been a passion. Thriving on challenges she enjoys working with new media and incorporating those ideas into her textile work. Selling her work over the last 25 years has given her the experience that transitions into teaching. Sharing techniques that are designed to push the envelope and help the students understanding the media, process, and steps involved. Jeanne has taught for many guilds and all sorts of groups. A few of the guild/groups I have taught for are: The Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild, the Needlework & Textile Guild of Michigan, the Michigan Weavers Guild, several American Sewing Guild chapters, the Village Fine Arts Gallery. Jeanne, currently is in two galleries, the Detroit Art Institute Museum Shop in Detroit, MI, (since 2012) and the Village Fine Arts Gallery in Rochester Hills, MI (since 2011). Her work is also available at a number of shows like the Ann Arbor Art Fair, Spotlights Market and shows with the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild.


Joan Sheridan

Joan Sheridan is a weaver, knitter, spinner, fiber explorer and owner of Heritage Spinning and Weaving since 2000. Trained as an educator and curriculum developer by the US Army, she is a natural teacher. Joan volunteers in the textile conservation department at The Henry Ford Museum. She has taught and presented at TNNA, MFF, CNCH, NML&WF, Midwest Fiber & Folk, The Clearing Folk School, Sauder Village Fiber Arts Festival, on-tour in Norway, SOAR and at guilds and shops. She has more than 50 published knitting patterns and has had articles in Alpaca, Handwoven, Wild Fibers, and Spin-Off magazines. 


Lenore Snyder

Lenore grew up in Jackson, Michigan, and has lived in several states and two foreign countries. But, Michigan has always been home, so she and her husband, George moved to Hillsdale in 2011. Lenore found her artistic expression when she was introduced to triangular weaving in 2004. Then, a workshop at Carol Leigh’s Hillcreek Fiber Studio provided valuable information and techniques for her to continue creating innovative and unique fabrics. Since then, she has participated in several art and fiber shows in Illinois and Michigan. Her shawls have been featured in shops as well as on display at the University of Illinois Spurlock Museum in Champaign, IL.When Lenore lived in Illinois, she was active in the Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers Guild. Currently, Lenore leads CSW study groups as a member of the Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo and Jackson Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild. Lenore’s background in education enables her to communicate the “how’s and “why’s” of continuous strand weaving in an organized, relaxed and fun atmosphere. She has taught classes in Illinois and Michigan. Most recently she conducted a class on rectangular weaving at the Michigan Fiber Festival. She loves combining colors and fibers with various weave structures. Enabling others to discover the possibilities of continuous strand weaving fulfills Lenore’s passion for weaving. Visit Lenore’s website for more information and samples of her work: 


Terry Tarnow

Terry Tarnow has been a fiber artist for over 45 years. Her biggest love is all types of Shibori on and off the loom and working with dyes. She is an active member of the Northland Weaver’s and Fiber Arts Guild and Store Manager/Buyer for the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City.


Julie Hurd and Linda Van Andel

Linda Van Andel and Julie Hurd both weave to sew and enjoy creating one-of-a-kind garments featuring fabrics they design. Linda and Julie enjoy participating in fashion shows at fiber conferences and festivals. Their handwoven garments have received awards at recent Michigan League of Handweavers and Midwest Weavers conferences and the Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival. They have taught classes in sewing with handwovens to guilds and in fiber studios. Both are members of the Lake Charlevoix Area Weavers (Michigan), the Michigan League of Handweavers, the Handweavers Guild of America, and Complex Weavers Beyond Plain Weave Garments Study Group.



Michael White

Michael White is the owner of the Georgia Yarn Company an online yarn company that sells yarn to weavers,  spinners,  knitters and fiber artisans with them not having to break the bank to buy yarn and fiber. Here you can buy a large amount of yarn at a discount price. He sells to you at a little over cost. Today there are only a few places selling yarn in shops and online and they love to “mark up” their price. Yes, they have over-head and other expenses and cost. Michael keeps his cost as low as he can and passes the savings on to you. This is a one person operation, that packs it and ships it. Michael is a former Marine, electronics expert, Vo-Ag teacher and cabinet maker, he repair looms, and builds electronic devices for the textile trade.


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