Instructor Bios

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. She attended College for Creative Studies and graduated from Wayne State. Since 2012, Joan has volunteered and consulted to The Henry Ford Museum’s conservation department.  Long Thread Media released a video of Joan’s Turned Krokbragd on the Inkle class in 2020.  She has been published in Handwoven, Spin-Off The Wheel, Little Looms and other magazines.

Dawn Edwards

Dawn Edwards is a felt artist and tutor based in Plainwell, Michigan USA. She sells her work under the label ‘Felt So Right’ and teaches extensively within the USA and internationally. Her felt art has appeared in numerous exhibitions, shows, magazines and books, including Ellen Bakker's book Worldwide Colours of Felt, several issues of the Australian 'FELT' Magazine, the International Feltmakers Association ‘Felt Matters’ journal, the HGA journal ‘Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot’, the Russian magazine 'Felt Fashion', her 'Blue Coral' felt hat was chosen to appear in the summer 2019 ‘Fiber Art Now Felt: Fiber Transformed’, and most recently several of Dawn’s beaded felt hats appeared in the International Feltmakers ‘Reconnect’ Exhibition. 

 

Dawn is a member of the Signature Artists’ Cooperative in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is also the co-coordinator of the not-for-profit group, 'Felt United', which currently has over 7,300 members, with the goal of uniting feltmakers from all around the world through a yearly themed project. Felt United is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of October, uniting feltmakers through various forms of celebrating all things felt.

Jennifer Gould   
I grew up playing with fabric, thread, and yarn. I learned to sew at an early age and made clothes for dolls, hats and dresses for my mom, ties for my dad, and clothes for myself. Then in high school I taught myself to weave tapestries. As a junior in college, I spent a year in Japan and had the opportunity to study weaving at a kimono factory. I began designing dolls in the early 1980s after spending years both hand-spinning wool and tapestry weaving.

    

Doll making has allowed me the opportunity to explore my love of fabric. I am continually fascinated by the techniques and fashions that our cultures have worn to express themselves – from medieval and Renaissance clothing to today’s experiments in spinning stainless steel into thread. I take my inspirations from nature in my garden, to people walking down the street, and from my own personal experiences.

    

I make a wide variety of dolls, both production pieces as well as one-of-a-kind dolls which have needle-sculpted faces, often including articulated hands which have all five fingers that are poseable and my own hand-printed and hand-painted fabrics.

    

I also love fabric collage which not only appears on my dolls’ clothing but in collage cards as small abstract studies or special seasonal cards, such as my favorites: hearts for Valentine’s Day and Christmas trees for holiday cards.   

 

Martha Town

Martha has been weaving for 40 years, and am a member of Michigan League of Handweavers, HGA, Complex Weavers Guild, and several local guilds. She is a self taught weaver who has benefitted from many workshops and conferences over the years. Martha has earned the Handweavers Guild of America Certificate of Excellence - Level 1 in 1986. As a fan of twill structures, she quickly moved to multi-shaft weaving and currently weaves on an 8 shaft Baby Wolf, 8 shaft Gilmore, and a 16 shaft compudobby AVL. Martha loves to weave functional items for the home, as well as scarves, and yardage. Her work has been accepted in HGA’s Small Expressions Exhibits and Convergence Yardage
exhibits. She has won several awards, including Complex Weavers awards at MLH Conferences and Midwest Conferences. Martha lives in Hillsdale County, Michigan on a 100 acre farm, with her husband and a flock of sheep that provide spinning fleeces, and fiberto dye. Being in the countryside with wildflowers, a wide sky, and quiet wonder, provides lots of inspiration for her weaving.

Linda Hartshorn 

Linda Hartshorn is a weaver and dyer, known for her unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. Linda weaves and dyes in her home on the redwood coast of northern California, and teaches weaving at the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka.  Linda enjoys leading workshops and brings her positive, fun and supportive teaching style to events all over the country.  She is a two time recipient of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award for spinners, weavers and dyers.

Denise Kovnat

I'm a weaver, dyer and "free-range seamstress" who loves painted warps, collapse techniques, and extended parallel threadings -- all to make colorful, textured cloth used in garments for teaching, shows and sales. My pieces have been juried into the HGA Convergence fashion shows since 2008. About 20 years ago I started teaching at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center here in Rochester, NY, and now I also teach on Zoom and at conferences and guilds in Australia, Canada and the United States.

 

Working out of my home, I weave on a 32-shaft Louet Megado, 16-shaft Toika Eeva, a 16-shaft Germaine table loom and a 12-shaft LeClerc table loom. 

Ruby Leslie

Ruby Leslie is a full-time weaver and studio artist in northern Vermont, designing handwovens as Ruby Charuby Weavings. Using off the shelf commercial yarn, Ruby has developed design techniques for creating stunning textiles that appear custom-dyed or hand-painted. Her experience designing swatches for Handwoven magazine’s ‘Color Forecast’ series, and her deep-rooted enthusiasm for sampling and experimenting led to the development of her classes. Ruby has taught above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway and Greenland, at Convergences, regional conferences and guilds throughout the US. She was one of three weaver/designer teams invited by the Handweavers Guild of America to create a collaborative runway ensemble for the second Design Fashion Challenge at Convergence 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. 

    

The rhythms of her looms inspired her children to produce a rap music video “Getya Loom Goin” for their “Ma, the Weava”:  http://www.youtube.com/user/WFLLTV 

Deborah Silver

Deborah Silver graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art as a Fiber major. Her works have been shown in many national juried exhibitions and have received numerous awards, including First Place and the award for excellence in complex weaving at “Complexity 2018”. In 2019, she published The Technique of Split-shed Weaving, a book for 4-shaft weavers, illustrating the split-shed weaving process and the myriad structures that can be woven with this method. She is a 2015 recipient of a Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Fellowship Grant and the winner of a 2019 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

 

Publications:

“The Technique of Split-shed Weaving”, Windjammer Publishing, 2019
“On Creativity During the Pandemic”, Complex Weavers Journal, Issue 123, June 2020, pp. 5-8.
“Split-Shed Double Weave”, Complex Weavers Journal, Issue 125, Feb. 2021, pp. 13-16.

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