Visiting Artist Series Welcomes Rachael Mayer

Published: February 4, 2021

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Visiting Artist Series is proud to welcome artist, Rachael Mayer, for a virtual talk and cardboard loom weaving workshop Friday, Feb. 19.

Mayer is a fiber artist based in Boise, Idaho. Bridging her Bachelor of Art in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, she creates work themed around communities, social networks, and systems. She uses her experiences traveling across the country with her family as a child and young adult to contextualize social constructions within landscape and topography. Mayer’s work has been exhibited across the United States. She has interned at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and has been published in the Surface Design Journal.

All are invited to join us Feb. 19 from 1 – 3 p.m., via Zoom, as Mayer discusses her work with textiles and weaving, as well as her professional development as an artist. Her talk will be followed by a cardboard loom weaving workshop which will cover the basics of tapestry design, weaving with texture, and finishing stitches will be covered. At the completion of the workshop, participants will have created a wall hanging they can display in their home and will have the knowledge and resources to continue to weave in their free time. 

Participants are asked to assemble the following materials for the workshop:

  • Flat piece of cardboard (approximately 8 x 10 inches) + cardboard scraps
  • Scissors
  • Skinny yarn or twine
  • Variety of colors, textures, and thickness of yarn
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tapestry needle (optional)
  • Masking or painters tape (if not purchasing a tapestry needle)

CWI’s Visiting Artist Series is made possible through a grant from Idaho Commission on the Arts, which is supported by National Endowment for the Arts. Visiting Artist Series workshops, featuring visual and performing artists, are free and open to the entire CWI community. Mayer’s talk and virtual workshop is suitable for all ages and will be sign interpreted in American Sign Language.

Zoom Link: Cardboard Loom Weaving Workshop
Meeting ID: 971 9776 9392
Passcode: 072958

Contact Brenda Fisher at to learn more or with questions.

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