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.

The Mountains and the Sea
By: Paul Lyons
- 22 Mar 19

RETRO - SPECTIVE: Cash & Carry Sale of Silkscreen Prints
By: Malcolm Warr
- 22 Feb 19

SUMMER FLIGHT: New Zealand Birds and Landscapes
By: Jayeta Valentine
- 25 Jan 19

By: Michele Theobald & Val Jones
- 30 Nov 18

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018
- 12 Nov 18

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

“Licorice All Sorts”
By: Georgia Lambert
- 11 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
By: Manawatu Art Teachers Association
- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

“A Bouquet of Paintings”
By: Mary Mulholland
- 03 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“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

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

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

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

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

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

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