Laura Viada on Textiles & Tea

by | Jan 29, 2021

Textiles & Tea

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The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.’s (HGA) exciting new program for 2021, Textiles & Tea, takes place every Tuesday at 4 PM (EST). We’ve invited some of the most respected fiber artists in the field today to join us for an hour long conversation where we will discuss their artwork and their creative journey. Make a cup of your favorite tea and join us as we talk about fiber, creativity, inspiration, process and so much more.
February’s Featured Artists
February 2, 2021: Laura Viada
generously sponsored by The Textile Museum Journal
Laura Viada is an artist who works in the medium of fiber, primarily as a handweaver. Using linen, silk, cotton, and metallic threads as her “paints”, Laura creates visually complex works using the simple elements of geometric form and the interaction of color. She employs many different weaving techniques, but her “go to” favorites are diversified plain weave and transparency. She has taught both topics widely over the last 15 years, including numerous regional and three Convergence® conferences. Her most recent works explore color using Theo Moorman technique.
February 9, 2021: Nathalie Miebach
generously sponsored by The Woolery
Nathalie Miebach explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores/performances. Her main method of data translation is that of basket weaving, which functions as a simple, tactile grid through which to interpret data into 3D space. Central to this work is her desire to explore the role visual and musical aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of complex scientific systems, such as weather.
February 16, 2021: Lucienne Coifman
generously sponsored by Made in America Yarns

Lucienne Coifman has taught weaving for almost 45 years at the Guilford Art Center (Guilford, CT), The Creative Art workshop (New Haven, CT) and in her own studio. She’s also conducted workshops throughout the Northeast and the Midwest, including the last 4 Convergence® conferences. For 35 years, Lucienne has been studying Rep Weave, experimenting with different fibers. Her main interest has centered on color interactions and patterns, using up to 8 harnesses and using pick-up techniques when needed. She has researched many unusual ways to weave Rep Weave that do not follow the traditional path. Her weavings have appeared in Shuttle Spindle & DyepotHandwoven, and have been included in many juried exhibits. Her book, REP – RIPS – REPS Weaves (2015), is a complete workshop for both beginning and advanced weavers.

February 23, 2021: Robbie LaFleur
generously sponsored by Meridian Mill House
Robbie LaFleur has been following a thread of Scandinavian textiles since she studied weaving at Valdres Husflidsskole in Fagernes, Norway in 1977. She has continued her study with Scandinavian instructors at workshops in Norway and the U.S. Recent projects include interpreting Edvard Munch’s “Scream” painting into a variety of textile techniques (British Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers’ article) and weaving tapestry portraits of her relatives. She was awarded the Gold Medal in Weaving from the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in 2006. Robbie coordinates the Weavers Guild of Minnesota’s Scandinavian Weavers Study Group and is the editor and publisher of the quarterly Norwegian Textile Letter.


Textiles & Tea is a complimentary program of the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. By registering you receive links to view the broadcast simultaneously on Zoom and Facebook (no account necessary). HGA’s Zoom subscription permits up to 500 guests to watch the program on Zoom while Facebook viewers are unlimited. Because the Zoom platform will fill quickly, registration does not guarantee entry into Textiles & Tea on Zoom. If Zoom is full we encourage you to watch the program live on Facebook. These broadcasts are recorded, free to view, and open to all. You can support our programming with a donation to HGA’s Fiber Trust. For more information about Textiles & Tea, our programs, and membership, visit or call (678) 730-0010.
Be a Textiles & Tea Sponsor
Put your company in front of our audience with a sponsorship while helping HGA to promote the fiber arts and support the artists who create. Purchase your sponsorship online or call (678) 730-0010. Sponsors receive:
  • Recognition at the beginning and end of each broadcast (also to be recorded and shared on Facebook Live and HGA’s YouTube channel)
  • Emails sent to HGA’s mailing list of nearly 11,000 promoting the event with you listed as a sponsor and a link to your website
  • Promotion of the event along with your sponsorship on HGA’s social media platforms: Instagram (2,500+ followers), Twitter (1,300+ followers) and Facebook (6,000+ page likes and 6,800+ followers)
  • Identified as event sponsor on HGA’s website and on the event listing on the HGA Fiber Art Calendar
HGA is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN #06-08661. Our organization and programs are supported in part by generous contributions to HGA’s Fiber Trust.