Mining the Muse


ATA’s 2018 Members Retreat

July 10-13, 2018

Reno, Nevada

The Retreat is currently full. Please contact Education Committee Chair, Terry Olson:, for more information.

Get your weaving tools polished up and ready to mine the rich vein of knowledge tapestry sages Maximo Laura and Rowen Schussheim-Anderson will be offering at ATA’s four-day retreat, July 10th -13th, in the Silver State during HGA’s 2018 Convergence in Reno! Your jackpot will overflow with the bonus round of HGA’s attractions and the coinciding Complex Weaver’s Seminar, all of which, including the Retreat, will take place at the Peppermill Resort. Those tumbling dice won’t crap out with snake eyes if you take a chance and make the journey to the Biggest Little City in the World!

Maximo Laura

Máximo Laura, “Festival of the Goddess of Water”

Create a Multi-surfaced Tapestry with Laura Techniques

An introduction to Maximo Laura’s weaving and color blending techniques, as well as the design principles he uses in developing his cartoons. Participants will create a multi-surfaced tapestry, using up to 25 different kinds of weave structures, including ground weave techniques, interweave techniques and embellishment weaving techniques.

Máximo Laura, “Sacred Ritual to the Jaguar”

Máximo Laura is recognized as one of South America’s pre-eminent textile artists. He is known worldwide for his intricate designs, vibrant use of color and the creation of innovative textures within his works. His tapestries integrate and synthesize ancestral weaving techniques, symbols, memories, myths and rituals with contemporary art. He is also a consultant, designer and lecturer on art and contemporary Andean textile design. In 2010, Laura was designated a “Living Human Treasure;” this important award is given following UNESCO guidelines, to an artist whose role has been to preserve and elevate the culture of their homeland. Other awards include: Honorary Mention Award, 13th International Triennial of Tapestry, Poland, 2010; Bronze Prize, “From Lausanne to Beijing” 5th International Fiberart Biennale, China, 2008; UNESCO Prize for Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain, 1992; 1st National Craft Prize “Golden Hands”, Peru, 1991. His art has traveled the world with 170 exhibitions in more than 30 countries. Owners of his work include National Museum of Peruvian Culture, Peru; The World Bank, USA; UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France; Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, USA; The Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia. Máximo’s website:

Rowen Schussheim-Anderson

Rowen Schussheim- Anderson, “Thursday Market”

Off the Grid… going global…

Innovative pathways to new tapestry designs will be explored in this workshop appropriate for beginning through advanced weavers.  Inventive approaches will focus on textile techniques that can be combined with tapestry, including rug weaving and rya, coiling, wrapping, bead embroidery, and stitchery to add dimension, contrast, and depth to traditional tapestry surfaces. Shaping, “windows,” working in layers, experimentation with a range of yarns and other materials will be investigated.

We will also work with design to invent freshly original compositions as we look to organic lattices and rhythms found in nature, draw on inspirations from other cultures’ aesthetics and consider color usage through non-Western lenses—especially those of Latin America and West Africa!  Participants will be encouraged to incorporate their own drawings, travel images, and inner landscape of ideas to produce contemporary art statements to later turn into tapestries. Design methods will include collage, utilizing a viewfinder, and other inventive strategies to push boundaries.  Participants will develop several compositions and complete a series of experiments, not a finished tapestry.

The workshop will also briefly cover have loom will travel… some strategies on working on textile techniques while on the road—or in the sky!

Rowen Schussheim- Anderson, “Butterfly”

Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, chair of Augustana College’s Art Department, taught previously at Arizona State University, the Smithsonian, and in the National Endowment for the Arts’ Artists-in-Education program.  Her work is included in many permanent collections and in Exploring Fiber Art Volume on Wall Hangings, The Fiber Arts Design Book, 1,000 Artisan Textiles, American Craft, Fiberarts and FiberArt Now.  Works were juried into fiberart international Exhibition of Contemporary Fiber Art 2013 and 2010,  International Fiber Biennale: From Lausanne to Beijing in 2014 and 2012 and she has been in many other juried exhibitions and including the American Tapestry Alliance’s American Tapestry Biennial 11 traveling exhibition.  Most recently she received a second place in Fiber Celebration 2017 the Northern Colorado Weaver’s Guild 43rd annual juried show in in Fort Collins, Colorado and was accepted in artprize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She has traveled extensively with students in West Africa and Latin America. Rowen’s website:


Enrollment is limited. Registration opens November 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm PDT. All registration will be through our convenient online form. A link will be sent to your email before registration opens, but the webpage will not be available until November 11, 2017. Registration for Curator and Collector Circle ATA members starts approximately one month earlier.

Early bird registration must be received by March 1, 2018. Retreat fees for non-ATA members include a one-year membership to ATA. Full refunds, less a $75.00 administrative fee are granted until May 31, 2018. No refunds will be granted after that date. ATA is not responsible for any credit card processing fees, or currency transfer fees that you might incur while registering, or dropping out of the workshop. Upgrade your membership: email ATA’s Membership Chair, Pat Dunston.

Room and Board

Participants will arrange for their own hotel room and board. Both are available at the workshop location, the Peppermill Resort. The Peppermill has been selected as the “Best Reno Hotel Rooms” year after year. Please ask for HGA’s special room rate. Both single and double rooms are available. A wide variety of dining options are available on site.


Contact Education Committee Chair, Terry Olson:

Pricing Information

Registration Fee

Materials Fee


Materials Fee (Laura)
ATA member, Early Bird $475.00 $20.00 $25.00
Non ATA member, Early Bird $510.00 $20.00 $25.00
ATA member, late registration $525.00 $20.00 $25.00
Non ATA member, late registration
$560.00 $20.00 $25.00