I have been following a lengthy conversation about the problems of the HGA's COE program on a popular weaving group site. This morning I put my toe in the water and posted a comment - not something I like doing as just about every time I say anything on this group website I get very negative comments.
People are complaining that the COE is not run well and that weavers can cheat on the submissions and get away with it. It has been stated that the COE judges are arbitrary in deciding what is good weaving and what is not and do not adhere to the COE rules. After hearing these types of comments for years I basically have decided that the program is not for me. Don't get me wrong I would love to say officially that I am a Master Weaver, but if the program is as flawed as it is -- I feel the title is not worth the paper it is written on. Why bother with submitting myself to the unprofessional rigamarole if the title is now meaningless.
I am wondering why we don't make a change and let the local guilds develop and grant a Master Weaver title to their deserving members. Local weaving guilds in 16th century England, Italy and Spain did just that - no nationally run program was needed. Yes there are arguments for both programs...I will leave those arguments for others to discuss.
Ah well, so much for kicking the hornet's nest....
Don't have any pictures of weaving this week. Thought I would show you a picture of our new ATV taken last Fall up in the Wasatch Mountains near my home. Right now there is so much snow still covering the mountain trails we cannot get up there to ride. Snow Bird Ski Resort is still open and people are skiing - over 100 inches of snow on the ground up there! It is mid June! WOW
Hope to finish the towel warp I have on my Gilmore this week, we will see ...