Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild

With the theme of ‘Anything Goes’ the members of the Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild are sure to please visitors to their Annual Exhibition of handwork crafted by talented weavers, spinners, dyers, knitters, crocheters and felters from this local crafters society.  “The Guild is a community of people who enjoy creating with fibre,” states Maureen Anderson, Guild President. “Workshops, organised or impromptu, add to our skills. The things we make are beautiful, functional and definitely different!” As the show’s title indicates, the members were free to create anything which showcased their creativity with fibre; with no set theme it meant ‘Anything Goes!’  Among the fibres that can be spun and twisted into yarn and used as natural fibre or dyed for weaving or knitting are dog and goat hair, rabbit and possum fur, alpaca and sheep’s wool, linen and silk, as well as man-made fibres such as acrylic and nylon. The variety of hand-made items include scarfs, gloves, blankets, cushions, rugs, hats, tea cosies, tea towels, adult and children’s clothing and more. Hand-spun wool jerseys are a favourite item produced by many of the Guild members and popular with purchasers.

 A special feature this year in place of an invited guest artist is the ‘Shoe Box Challenge’ where the crafter takes a shoe box full of fibre, bling, fabric, wool skeins and a host of other possibilities and makes something from this motley collection of bits and bobs. A challenge it truly is! Anderson says: “Imagine making something from a randomly assigned shoebox filled with odds and ends. The Shoebox Challenge was a highlight of the Guild year and was the source of the exhibition title.”

The public is warmly invited to view Anything Goes at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North from Monday September 28th through Saturday October 10th. The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to purchase gifts for oneself and for others, particularly with the holiday season not that far ahead.

 The Manawatu Guild of Spinners & Weavers began in 1967 and members have been meeting regularly ever since. The Guild is one of a number of groups that are part of the Manawatu Region; one of the fifteen areas that make up the New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcrafts Society.  Guild members are a diverse group of local women and men who enjoy learning about and practicing a range of textile crafts and techniques

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions.

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

LAND & SEA
By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

Animalia
By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

“ECLECTIC IMPRESSIONS”
By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

Dot's Nice
By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

TEXPLORATIONS: Paintings
By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

WATERCOLOUR ASPECTS: New Paintings
By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15

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