Vi Phillips Basketry Guild

Guild Meetings

2020 Guild Meeting Programs

  • 1/8    Melinda West – Weaving Nature
  • 2/12  Dorothy McGuinness – Conferences, Galleries & Exhibits.
  • 3/11 Cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • 4/8   Cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • 5/13   Yuri Kinoshita – Baskets of Light
  •  6/10  TBA
  • Meetings are open to anyone and are held on the second Wednesday of the month, except for July, August, and December; 6:30-9:00 PM 
  • Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center Room 6 (upstairs), 6532 Phinney Ave. N Seattle, WA 98103.
    Click HERE for a map.
  • 6:30 – Socialize, Library
  • 7:00 – Show and Tell.
  • 7:15 – Announcements
  • 7:30 – Program Begins

Next Meeting

April 8, 2020 : Annual Guild Meeting - Board Elections

NEW: Royalwood Gift Certificate Drawing!  Royalwood has generously donated a $50 gift certificate to our Guild and we want to give you the chance to take it home. During our March 11th meeting we will have everyone put a ticket in a basket for a drawing. One lucky person will have $50 more to spend on basket stuff.

The Annual Business Meeting is held the same night as our regularly scheduled March Guild meeting. Vivien Sharples, Joan Gallagher and Sue Van Wassenhove will be nominated to and voted on by the Guild Membership as new Board Directors. There are no other matters currently proposed for Guild Approval.

There will be no other presentations that night, except for show and share which will take place while the Board meets. Please bring baskets to share (from recent retreat or workshop or home); discuss techniques and materials for those less familiar.

The Board consists of at least 9 Directors, each serving up to 2 three-year-terms and elected by the Guild membership at the Annual Business Meeting; the Board of Directors elects specific Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary) from among its ranks. 2019 Board Directors were, David Chambers, Jill Green, Joyce Lem, Jenny Lidington, Karen Engel, George Hart, Vicky Nickelson, Lynne Nork, Gay Vogt, Richard Vogt. For 2020, Jenny Lidington is stepping down as a Board Director.

Past Meetings

Dorothy McGuinness will share her extensive knowledge on conferences, galleries, and exhibitions.  Conferences she has attended include the one that started the National Basketry Organization in 1999 and was hosted by the Handweavers Guild of America, as well as the latest NBO conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  She will talk about her experiences at these conferences, and what to expect if you are thinking about attending one yourself.

Dorothy will also talk about entering juried exhibits and dealing with galleries, including where she finds exhibits and galleries to show her work, and the drawbacks and pitfalls to look for when applying.

Winter is the best time to do the hard work of transformation, especially if you are a Western Red Cedar Tree. This is the season when the layer of leather-like inner bark, that generations of Salish weavers have gathered each spring, will become a layer of wood, in a growth-ring that may one day be counted. 

Melinda West will share a presentation that highlights some of the transformative experiences and lessons she has learned from the plants, and from her students, over the nearly four decades of sharing the art and culture of plant fiber weaving.

Melinda will take us on a short power-point journey through the seasonal round of gathering materials, with examples of how those plant materials can be used in various projects to help students gain skills, have fun making things, and develop their knowledge of culture, science and art.