UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
NWG is an association of fiber arts guilds located within the Pacific Northwest United States and Western Canada. ANWG does not have individuals as members but each Member Guild is composed of individuals. Individuals pay dues to their Member Guild and the Member Guild pays dues to ANWG.
ANWG provides services and support to its Member Guilds with the idea that combining resources and providing an economy of scale, services can be provided that would not be possible for the individual guilds to provide on their own.
Each Member Guild appoints an ANWG guild representative and ANWG holds an annual general meeting (AGM) of its representatives. During conference years, the AGM is held in conjunction with the conference and at the conference location. In off-conference years, it is held somewhere within the region.
The primary focus of ANWG and Member Guilds is weaving but also includes spinning, felting and other fiber arts. As with all types of artistic media, technology has played a key role in the growth and expansion of the fiber arts beyond its ancient beginnings.
Oregon College of Art & Craft traces its origins to 1907 when Julia Hoffman founded the Arts and Crafts Society to educate the public on the value of arts and crafts in daily life. Through art classes, visiting artists, lectures, and exhibitions, the best educators and artwork of American craft were brought to Portland.
Today Oregon College of Art & Craft is a private, accredited independent craft college offeringstudio classes in Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing/Painting, Fibers, Metal, Photography and Wood. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a Certificate in Crafts, a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Crafts, or enroll in the College's Extension Program of classes for adults and children.