Early last week, we received the sad news that there was a fire early Monday morning in the building that housed Judith MacKenzie's spinning and weaving studio. Judith is a renowned spinning teacher, textile historian, and master weaver known to many of us through her classes, articles, and videos. She is unhurt, and no one was in the building at the time of the fire, but her studio has burned down completely along with the community theater and several businesses in downtown Forks, Washington. Judith's spinning wheels and looms were lost, along with equipment belonging to several other spinners. Three close friends of Judith's have created a URL to help coordinate relief efforts for Judith's studio. We'll keep you posted as we hear more about how we can Judith rebuild so she can continue to teach.
In the meantime, I'm sure many of you know weavers and spinners who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Now is the time to support the Red Cross and other relief organizations. Once the most critical relief efforts are accomplished and our fellow fiber artists are ready to resume their normal lives, if you know of guilds organizing to help their members or others in their area, please write and let us know.