Here is the press release about an exciting project that we have been invited to be a part of - The Journey to the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Course. This has been developed by Arlene Ciroula (SpinArtiste) and Suzy Brown (Woolwench). More news and pictures will follow but I wanted to share this as soon as I could.
The Journey to the Golden Fleece
Spinartiste.com and Woolwench.com are excited to announce the impending launch of their new co-hosted creative space, www.fiberygoodness.com and its first offering, The Journey to the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Course.
With The Journey to the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Course, we are thrilled to be able to offer an opportunity for fiber enthusiasts to join us on a path of exploration, revitalization, learning and inspiration. This course is designed to provide participants with their own fiber hero journey, to reboot their creativity, work towards finding their own unique creative voice, and to celebrate uniqueness.
We are proud to bring this new and exciting learning opportunity to the fiber community with the support of Majacraft, creators and suppliers of amazing and innovative spinning and fiber preparation tools and equipment. We share their desire to help people be creative!
In conjunction with the launch of the Journey to the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Course, Majacraft will be releasing a custom designed Circle Loom developed especially for this course.
All details on the course and enrollment forms will be available with the launch of www.fiberygoodness.com on November 1, 2013.
With Arlene Thayer at the helm, Spinartiste.com is an online publication focused on making and using artisanal fibers and yarns with a focus on indie fiber artists and is read widely throughout the international fiber community.
Woolwench.com is the online home base of the internationally known fiber artist, Suzy Brown, who holds the Creative Fibres (NZ) Certificate in HandSpinning and possesses an extensive educational background.
For those who are fans of Facebook and are interested in the new Majacraft Dynamic Heddle Loom, you might be interested in checking out "Manic Dynamic Majacrafters". This is a page set up by three of our weaving heroes, Donyale Grant, Esther Rodgers and Suzy Brown. It is dedicated to weaving on the Majacraft loom. People are posting their work, using it as a forum and taking part in the challenges offered to build a very cool community.
Here is a small selection of pieces being created:
As I have mentioned before, I feel very proud to have been able to have a little part in the amazing things that talented people from around the world are creating - so thank you all. I can't wait to see what you do next!
You can visit the page here Manic Dynamic Majacrafters
Lately we have been following the progress in USA of our friend, Michelle Snowden , aka Wooldancer.
Michelle hails from Australia and is teaching her particular brand of woolly goodness – Spin to Wear – to enthusiastic spinners around the country.
She started at Yarnival and has since taught at the SWAY guild in Florida and is due at Madison Wool next.
You can see what Michelle is up to on her personal web site www.wooldancer.com
Arlene Ciroula of Spin Artiste has written an neat article about Michelle on the road with plenty of pictures www.spinartiste.com
Until next time
As many readers are likely aware, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Princess Catherine) recently had their first child. New Zealand presented a gift of a merino shawl to the new family. We were very excited to see this news as the shawl had been created by a local fibre artist, Cynthia Read. The shawl was hand spun and knitted based on a design by Margaret Stove. Cynthia estimated it took around 270 hours to complete!
As well as being an amazing piece of work and certainly a gift for a prince, we were delighted to notice that the yarn had been spun on a Rose! We are very proud to have had a connection (although a very small one ) to the shawl Cynthia has made and this significant gift from New Zealand.
Congratulations Cynthia, your work is fantastic!
Until next time,
So this is what they mean by being behind the 8-ball! Needless to say I have been rather busy recently simply helping to get products into boxes and into the postie's van. There has been a bunch of news to share so here goes.
Majacraft on Facebook
Yes, we have a Facebook page finally! It is being managed by the lovely Donyale Grant as our resources in the factory are already tapped out. Included on the page are tidbits from the workshop as well as inspirational resources, people and ideas from the wide world of the internet. You are welcome to come and join in the conversation!
Patsy and Rich Zawitoski
Patsy Zawitoski and her husband Rich visited us recently at the workshop and we had a lovely time sharing spinning...stuff with them both. You can read about their international adventures on their blog here or alternatively go straight to the Majacraft bit here.
Dynamic Heddle Loom
As more of our very unique looms make their way around the world, we are seeing some very interesting and creative work coming from different artists. If you are keen to see some of the amazing stuff that weavers are making, try visiting these web sites
Rather than edit this post for days getting it just so, I think the wisest choice is to publish it quick to let you know that we are indeed still alive at Majacraft! Hopefully I will get back to the blog real soon and maybe I will be able to share something about the progress of Blue Sun.
Recently we had the opportunity to engrave another custom wheel, this time a Rose for our friend Anna Josefsson. I was very pleased with how it came out, particularly the little frog on the handle nut! This was the first time we had tried engraving on to the nut and it was very encouraging to see it work so well.
Until next time
Over the past few days we have had the pleasure of hosting the lovely Joan Ruane, cotton spinning guru from Arizona USA. She has been in NZ teaching some workshops and catching up with friends made during her time living here in the 70s.
Joan was a wonderful source of information and ideas which she freely gave. We spent quite some time working with her making little tweaks to our lace spinning tools to refine them further still. What was fascinating for both her and us was the amount of things that Majacraft make that she and spinners around her didn’t know about. The stylus, High speed head and flyer varieties were all a pleasant surprise for her.
She also gave our local club an excellent talk and demonstration of cotton spinning and the members were buzzing afterwards. Cotton is not spun a lot in NZ and this was a real eye opener to the possibilities.
In the evening we had Pat Old (past Creative Fibre President, author of “In A Spin”, and tutor of note) around to chat with Joan further. We had a great night and Joan was very generous with her knowledge.
She was a wonderful guest and if you are interested in inviting Joan to teach, we would wholeheartedly recommend her. Find her at www.cottonspinning.com
Until next time
Our friend Wooldancer (Michelle Snowdon) in Australia posted a very nice video to YouTube recently of Fibre Art Rolags she is producing. The work she is creating is very beautiful and I have included the link below. I found it really inspirational what talented people like Michelle are creating on their Auras.
I have also added a link to this video in the video resources area of the Majacraft web site - it can be found under "Inspiration".
You may wish to keep an eye on her YouTube channel as she is indicating this is the first of a series. Thanks Michelle!
Rob has been in India for the last week and from what I have seen on Facebook, it looks like he has been having an awesome time around Rajastan and Northern India. Here are a couple of pictures he has shared recently.
If you are ever interested in taking part in our journeys to India, drop us a line. I went about three years ago and found it to be a fascinating and quite profound place to visit so, if you are on the fence ... Do IT!
Several years ago, we created a custom Aura for our good friend Therese Cruz. She provided the design which was drawn by a Dutch artist Mark Storm.
So anyway, long story short , I am looking around for inspiration on Bing images this morning and I come across this site amongst the search results!
I recommend visiting the link below to see more of the images.
Until next time