The Oneota Weavers Guild of Decorah is hosting the Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, third floor of the Westby-Torgerson Building, 502 West Water Street in Decorah.

Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m., and costs $20 for adults, and $10 for students in grades 7-12 and Luther College students.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the first lecture will be given by Mary Hark on her Creative Practice: Situated Somewhere In-between.

Mary Hark is associate professor of design studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a fiber/mixed media artist, and an advocate for sustainable papermaking in Ghana. She is proprietor of HARK! Handmade Paper, specializing in producing small editions of high-quality flax, linen and abaca papers in her studio located in Saint Paul, Minn.

Hark will speak about her own artwork, such as a series titled Driftless Reveries. The artworks respond to the physical topography of Central Minnesota and South-Central Wisconsin, and the built environment of Kumasi, Ghana, where she spends several months each year. Made from handmade flax and linen papers, linen cloth, and other materials that carry a variety of surface qualities. Hark also explores the intrinsic properties of handmade paper. She will also talk about some of her projects in the US and abroad to grow flax and teach papermaking. A question and answer period will follow.

Beginning at 2 p.m. the second lecture will be given by Maria Amalia Wood – Tengo un Nombre (I Have a Name).

Maria Amalia Wood holds a bachelor’s degree in General Art (with a minor in Visual Communications) from Judson University and an MFA in Textile Art and Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A native of Honduras, Maria Amalia maintains a studio in Madison, Wis., and enjoys working with textiles, papermaking and community-focused storytelling. With a creative process that embraces a personal and socially engaged art practice, her work delves into the complexities of a life lived between Central America and the Midwestern United States.

Her presentation showcases her creative research making use of handmade paper and mixed media informed by a collaborative art project, Soñé una Milpa (I Dreamed of a Corn Field), that celebrates the important, though often hidden experience of ten Latina immigrant women. Her body of work refers to elusive memories of a remembered place and a life lived between cultures. A question and answer period will follow.

During the day, there will be a display of handwoven, handspun and handknit textiles by members of the Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners.

For further information, visit Oneota Weavers and Spinners Guild on Facebook.