Creative Fibre New Weavers Award 2018

In 2000 the Society received an anonymous donation from a member to institute an annual weaving award. The donor was concerned at the number of looms being offered for sale and wanted to encourage new weavers (who often get no further than learning the very basics) to keep weaving. Although this funding has run out Council feels that the award is important in promoting the development of weaving and voted that Creative Fibre will now fund this award annually. The award is to be used for resources which may be equipment, yarns, books or further weaving education. The chosen recipient will receive $500. Conditions:

  • The entrant must be a New Zealand resident and a current Creative Fibre member. The entrant must present a portfolio/folder, to include a sampler or display piece and weaving records, showing a basic understanding of weaving theory. The form and amount of documentation presented is up to the applicant.
  • A new weaver is defined as one who has moved beyond the basics, has been weaving for less than two years, and shows enthusiasm to extend his/her weaving skills.
  • The winning portfolio/folder is to be displayed at the following national festival/event, and the award will be presented at the annual general meeting.
  • Tapestry weaving is not eligible.

There are two selectors for the award and their decision is final. Some or all of the tuition may have been given in a course or privately with a tutor. Tutors and course topics should be mentioned. For advice on presentation please contact the National President.

The Mason Charitable Trust Scholarship

The objective of this award is to give a member of the society the ability to extend their knowledge and push the boundaries of their capabilities and design skills. The scholar chosen will be a person showing potential, not necessarily one who is already proficient.

The Mason Charitable Trust Scholarship is awarded every second year (in odd years), and is advertised in the June and September issues of our quarterly magazine. The scholarship is awarded to:

  • Help with education costs
  • And/or help with costs associated with travel to learn from other cultures.
  • And/or help with costs of learning from an entrepreneur who is working in an area of expertise

Application for Scholarship
The person applying for the scholarship has to:

  • Be a New Zealand member of Creative Fibre
  • Supply a curriculum vitae including a portfolio of work, containing photographic prints of recent work, and samples.
  • Provide a detailed plan of what her/his aims and objectives are in asking for a scholarship; how they intend to achieve these aims, and how she/he will measure whether she/he has achieved these aims.
  • Show why the method of study is important, and provide a resume of the person(s) she/he will be learning from, and why this person is appropriate for the teaching of the applicant.
  • Provide a list of expenses associated with the application.
  • Provide a timetable for when this scholarship will be taken up, and when and where an exhibit will be held.

Conditions of acceptance, all of which must be fulfilled

  • The recipient must exhibit at the end of this scholarship with the Mason Charitable Trust being highlighted as the sponsor of the scholarship. This exhibition to be held within a year of completion of the scholarship.
  • The recipient must give workshops or lectures at the festival following the completion of their study.
  • An article on the recipient’s study must be written for the Creative Fibre magazine.

The Society will assist with the preparation of applications in any way it is able. For further information contact the National President.