KAWS Upcoming Event“Spinning the Colors; Weaving the Hues”

KAWS 2017

June 2nd, 3rd &4th
Lawrence, Kansas

“Spinning the Colors; Weaving the Hues”

Kaw Valley Fiber Guild welcomes you to the annual conference of the Kansas Alliance of Weavers and Spinners. We are very excited that Lawrence’s own Traci Bunkers will be our keynote speaker. Many of us know and love her Bonkers Handmade Originals hand-dyed fiber.

Traci learned how to crochet when she was 4 and by age 7, she designed a granny square sweater for her unappreciative dog. Lucky enough to have good art programs in her schools, she became interested in textiles, photography, printmaking and ceramics. Then while studying graphic design at the University of Kansas, she learned how to knit and immediately started designing her own sweaters. Up through college, she most identified with photography and saw everything as black and white. But during her junior year in Nice, France she became enchanted with color and it became one of her passions.

After graduating from KU with a BFA, Traci opened her business, Bonkers Handmade Originals, specializing in hand-dyed yarns and fibers, knitted designs, and hand-dyed clothing. She also continued to challenge herself and to grow in her creative pursuits. Her visual journaling and book arts built on her passion for color and the inter-relatedness of creative pursuits. She is the author of three books on journaling and printing and wraps these artistic pursuits into her business and life.

Traci will deliver our keynote address on Saturday – “Color Makes Me Happy.”

KAWS 2017 information


We are committed to passing on the arts of weaving, spinning, dying, knitting and all things fiber to following generations.