May 2016 Virginia Olson Awards

A highlight of the May meeting is the Virginia Olson competition, named in honor of a longtime member who nurtured and encouraged others. This year the theme “It’s a Small World” was chosen by committee members Judi Langholz, Elaine Lawler, and Colette Ubben. Throughout the year, members were encouraged to explore techniques and fibers from around the world. The winner of each category was chosen by the votes of members in attendance.

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Each weaving entry used a technique from around the world and was labeled with the area of its origin.

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The members selected this Scandinavian Krokbragd rug woven by Becky Metcalf to receive the award for weaving.

The handspun skeins were to be made from a fiber from around the world using any spinning technique.

The handspun skeins were to be made from a fiber from around the world using any spinning technique.

The members’ choice was Karen Agee’s skein of Rambouillet wool dyed Abusson blue. The Rambouillet breed originated in the Domain of Rambouillet, near Paris, France. Karen’s fiber came from a full-blooded Rambouillet who resides in Iowa.

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Items in the dyeing category were hand-dyed using a technique from around the world.

Items in the dyeing category were hand-dyed using a technique from around the world.

Shibori is traditionally thought of as Japanese, and indigo originated in India. Mary Kay Madsen used both of these elements in her award-winning dyed fabric.

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Any fiber process inspired by your world experience could be entered in this category.

Any fiber process inspired by your world experience could be entered in this category.

The project chosen in the Any Fiber Process category was Becky Metcalf’s felted jacket embellished with beads. The origins of felt go back to ancient legends, and Becky’s beading inspiration was Queen Anne’s Lace.

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The Audrey Stevens Award in Weaving is presented each year for a woven item submitted to the Virginia Olson competition that demonstrates exceptional craftsmanship. This year’s recipient is Diane Davison. The colors used in her woven basket were inspired by Native American weaving.

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The committee thanks all the members who participated in this year’s competition. The quality of the entries made voting difficult with every entry receiving some votes.

Elections for president and vice president were held during the business meeting. Diane Davison accepted the presidency, and Gail Murfey will be vice president.

A big thank you goes out to out-going officers Karen Kitchen and Jan Gallagher. We appreciate your leadership and inspiration during the past two years.

 

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