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Convergence Reflections

Last week was a wonderful whirlwind of meeting people, selling looms and soaking in the merriment that is HGA’s Convergence.

For me, the best part was meeting people. From famous tapestry weaver’s like Janet Austin, people we’ve been in touch with for years but have never met like fabulous weaver/teachers Rebecca Mezoff and Janette Meetze, some  of the great people from the American Tapestry Alliance (seriously, what an amazing group), some of our retailers and even customers we’ve talked with many times but never had faces to put to names. I also got to spend a lot of time with my wonderful mother (you may know her as Claudia) and my second-mom Miss Joni Parker-Roach of NOA Gallery, which was pretty awesome.

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Meeting the fabulous Rebecca Mezoff, and teaching Claudia & Rebecca what “photo bombing” is. 

We got to see a fascinating, eclectic small format tapestry show put on by the American Tapestry Alliance and another  show in the same building by TWINE (Tapestry Weavers in New England). Being brought up in the world of tapestry this probably makes sense, but I enjoy seeing tapestries at galleries and museums more than any other art form. You can sit there for 30 minutes and stare at one tapestry and be totally fascinated.

powertreadle

At the show we got to introduce our new Spencer Power Treadle, which was a huge hit. I had a great time showing people how it works.

powertreadle booth

Here’s our booth, with the new treadle all set up (left). 

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In the picture you can see the security we needed there for crowd control! 

In honor of Mirrix’s 18th birthday (which we were celebrating), we had a drawing to win a Mini-Mirrix. It was a huge draw to our booth, as was the birthday chocolate we were giving away. Above is a photo of the drawing. We had John Marshall, known for his antique and original kimonos and metallic threads -he’s the guy we buy the gold from- (who had the booth across the aisle) choose the winner from almost 300 names. The winner was named Ginny and was from NH! She had actually taken Rebecca’s tapestry class at the show, so it was a great fit! Congratulations again, Ginny!

claudia weaving

Thank you to everyone who made this show such a success. The people at HGA were dedicated, helpful and even managed to give us hugs and smile on always-crazy moving-out day. The teachers and weavers were amazing. The people there were amazing. It was a great show! Until next time!

-Elena

2 Responses to Convergence Reflections

  1. Rebecca Mezoff - Reply

    July 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    It was fantastic to see you all! Ginny was a perfect recipient for the loom! She came with a borrowed loom that doesn’t work all that well and was watching all the Mirrix looms in the class (16 out of 26 looms!!!)… so now she can have her own! Whoot! Also, I am going to start a photo bombing practice. Thanks for the education.

  2. mirrixlooms - Reply

    July 22, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    She ended up trading up for a 16″!

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