Weave Houston: Celebrating 71 Years of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston

January 9, 2021 — March 7, 2021
Asher Gallery

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present Weave Houston: Celebrating 71 Years of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston. Weave Houston showcases the history and diversity of Contemporary Handweavers of Houston’s membership, featuring works from emerging practitioners and longtime fiber artists. Noted fiber artist Dr. Mary Ruth Smith juried several awards for works that highlight exceptional craftsmanship and innovative use of materials.

The Contemporary Handweavers of Houston (CHH) was founded in 1949 as a chapter of the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas to provide a common meeting ground for weavers throughout the state. In its 70 years as a guild, the non-profit organization has promoted the education of and interest in handweaving and fiber-related crafts. This is accomplished through regular gatherings and demonstrations at schools, museums, and festivals throughout the Houston community, including the Livestock Show and Rodeo. CHH has an ongoing relationship with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and sponsors a scholarship for its resident artists who are weavers and demonstrate or lead activities at HCCC events.

Former HCCC resident artist and CHH member Molly Koehn benefited greatly from this scholarship. “It was an unexpected blessing to be awarded the Tilly Marchwinski Scholarship for Excellence in Handweaving when I first arrived at HCCC. The scholarship funded supplies during my residency and allowed me to create without worrying about finding additional funding. It was also such a pleasure to learn about Tilly and her involvement in weaving and the guild!”

Visitors to Weave Houston will delight in the variety of fiber works on display–everything from traditional wall hangings to unconventional sculpture–all celebrating the contributions of this time-honored artist guild.

Learn more about the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston at www.weavehouston.org.

About Juror Dr. Mary Ruth Smith
Dr. Mary Ruth Smith is a former CHH member and current professor of art in fiber arts and fabric surface design at Baylor University in Waco, TX. Starting with coursework in home economics, her career has led her to a variety of disciplines from art education to the visual arts. At Baylor, she created a studio concentration in fabric surface design. Over the past 35 years, her hand-stitched artwork has been exhibited extensively internationally.

Image credits:

  1. Photo of Weave Houston juror, Dr. Mary Ruth Smith. Photo courtesy Krista Latendresse.
  2. Images 2-5, Contemporary Handweavers of Houston members lead attendees of HCCC’s Hands-on Houston Family Festival in an indigo-dyeing activity. Photos by Katy Anderson.