Berry Handicrafts Network
Connecting over one hundred years of alumni & staff for the purpose of maintaining the art and presence of weaving & handicrafts on the Berry College campus.
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The Handicrafts Network provides former student workers and staff from the Berry handicrafts department a way to reconnect with each other as well as the campus. This group strives to identify and find former students and staff of Berry's Sunshine Shanty, Sunshine Cottage, the Weaving Room, Handicrafts, or any other Berry weaving student work opportunity. The Handicrafts Network will primarily provide handicrafts alumni with a campus identity and a method to receive handicrafts communications. Joining the Network does not obligate members to anything other than receiving communications. Add your name and class year by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
Louise Mulinix was director of the Berry Handicraft Department from 1965-1986.
How We Got Started: Sunshine Room
The Sunshine Room weaving group was started by Joy Padgett Johnson (73C), Louise Mulinix (40H, FFS), and Mary Ellen Evans (63C). Jennifer LeCroy (93C), former handicrafts supervisor, also contributed her expertise. Joy and Louise got the first looms up and running in 2005, and Mary Ellen joined the team in 2006. Together they make sure all the supplies are where they need to be and that all Sunshine Room operations run smoothly. The Sunshine Room group is a work crew that meets every year during Alumni Work Week.
Handicrafts at Berry
Weaving has played a significant role in Berry's history. It was one of the original crafts taught at the school, and remains one of the oldest occupational traditions on campus. During Martha Berry's days, weaving served four fundamental purposes: it generated income through the sale of utilitarian products, it provided an opportunity for creative expression, it served as a link to the Appalachian craft tradition, and it provided a perfect metaphor for worthwhile work.
See "Then and Now" photos.
JOIN OVER 120 ALUMNI AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE ALREADY JOINED THE HANDICRAFTS NETWORK.
If you hear something you like and want to be more involved; we invite you to join us in an activity or event of your choosing.
ANNOUNCEMENTS, EVENTS & SERVICES
NEW WEB SITE: As a visitor to our Berry Web Site we invite you to visit our Berry Handicrafts Alumni Network Shutterfly Site. It provides us a way to share pictures and communication as our network grows. We hope this photo album brings you home to Berry, so they can share our fun. To enter the site: Go to this link:
Enter this password: handicrafts (Use lower case and be careful don't leave off the "s")
NEWSLETTER: The newsletter is emailed and/or mailed three times per year. It always contains announcements of events, updates and great pictures of recent events sponsored by the Alumni Association for you.
HANDICRAFTS NETWORK LIST: If we can add your name and class information to our
Network Members List. This list of former Handicrafts employees will be a great way track our history and let your former classmates know you still support weaving and handicrafts at Berry. If you do not want your name and class year on the list simple email
ANNUAL ALUMNI WORK WEEK: May 2017 - The Handicrafts Room is open again as alumni of all ages gather to weave and make hand work products that are then sold at Mountain Day and other events to support alumni association projects. Join us in the “Sunshine Room”. Come for a day or a week and you will be hooked. It is the most fun you will ever have working.
Click here for the Alumni Work Week page.
BERRY WEAVING on FACEBOOK: You are going to LIKE this! Thanks to Suzanne Bellamy Anderson ’72 we have a Facebook page. Log on to browse our photo albums, LIKE our page and of course comment.
Click here to see our Facebook Page.
STUDENT ENTERPRISE SUPPORT:
“Viking Creations” is one of Berry’s newest Student Enterprises is dedicated to weaving. Network members will be given the opportunity to support the students in this effort. As their planning continues we will hear more about opportunities to contribute financially, volunteer time and talent and how we will share the new weaving room in the Hoge Building. You can contribute through the Berry advancement office and direct your contribution to weaving and “Viking Creations”.
For more information about the Handicrafts Network, please contact one of the officers listed below.
Suzanne Bellamy Anderson (72C)
1010 Porter Springs Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533