A fashion showcase
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent April 9, 2013 1:04PM
Attendees of the Duneland Weavers Guild art exhibit and fashion show examine a scarf Sunday at the Chesterton Art Center. | Michael Gard~For Sun-Times Media
For more information on the Duneland Weavers Guild, go to www.dunelandweaversguild.org. The guild’s Fiber Art Exhibit will continue at the Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. Fourth St., through the end of the month. Visit www.chestertonart.com or call 926-4711 for information.
Updated: May 11, 2013 6:14AM
More than 75 people crowded into the Chesterton Art Center on Sunday for a different sort of style show.
They came to see eight women from the Duneland Weavers Guild model more than 40 creations by the guilds’ members, from scarves to an ornately woven jacket.
The fashion show has been a guild staple for more than 25 years. The guild, which includes members from throughout the region, is celebrating is 65th anniversary this year.
“Each year we work on creating new products, trying new techniques and expanding our repertoire as artists,” said Chris Acton, the guild’s vice president, who lives in Chesterton. The style show “is kind of like our public show and tell.”
The show also creates awareness about weaving, Acton said. While it may bring pioneer days to mind, weavers now use natural as well as high-tech materials and dyes, as well as computer technology to design patterns and even run looms.
“It can be so much more modern looking, and it’s not just coverlets,” she said.
Lisa Paulopoulos, one of the eight models for this year’s style show, has been a member of the guild for about eight years.
The show, the Hobart resident said, is always a big hit.
“It’s fun to see what everybody’s doing because everyone’s so excited,” she said, adding the audience is excited to see each piece. “The people who are here are really interested in hand woven fabric.”
The guild includes newer weavers like Acton, who started about eight years go, and those who have been doing the craft for longer like Sue Degnan of Schererville, who joined the guild in 1990.
She likes seeing the same people each year at the style show, as well as weaving.
“I enjoy the whole process of it, the designing and figuring out the pattern,” she said.