We have close to 300 active members from 22 states and provinces. We have a FaceBook group with many more followers, who we invite to join the guild and participate in events and shows like this one.
Our Team for this Show
In 2020 Barb Ackemann built the rug collection section of the Virtual Show by herself, as she figured out how to use the Word Press theme. She knew if we did this again, that she could involve more people in various aspects of the process and she assembled a team who met back in February and March via Zoom, carefully looking at the 2020 show and listing the changes that would make it better.
We did not hire a photographer, nor set up photo shoots this time around, with the exception of offering to photograph rugs that were dropped off for our in-person show last fall in Montpelier. Barb and Kris took photos of about 65 rugs that day.
Another change was that the registration form was set to “automagically” create the pages for each rug, and the team submitted early registrations so we could test the systems.
Then we waited. Barb copied all text that arrived by email into Google docs where multiple editors/proofreaders could access the text and make changes. Belinda, Deb, Mary Jo, Tricia, Piper and Ildi spent hours reviewing and revising.
Barb opened and prepared all of the images that were submitted by the artists and after carefully naming them, uploaded them to the Word Press site, where they were easy to find to assign to each rug.
Tricia volunteered to “wrangle” the missing content – and she made phone calls and sent emails to registered artists, reminding them to submit their text and photos.
Another zoom session with a few brave volunteers (Sharon and Ildi) resulted in the “data entry” team who looked at every single rug, and copied the short answers submitted into the right “project detail” boxes to display beautifully on the pages. They crafted the links to “more works by this artist” when appropriate, and ticked off the appropriate categories – including one for the artist’s name. That checkbox set up our ability to offer the cross reference to other works by the artist.
Barb created the special collections and added links to navigate from a rug page back to the collection.
Another zoom training session with Nancy who learned to copy and paste the text from the edited Google Doc into the page for each rug. Many questions arose, because we didn’t always have any text submitted, or artist bios, we filled in the blanks as best we could with submitted captions from the 2022 show.
Then the category checkers (Jenn and Ildi) were asked to review and make or suggest changes so that rugs should show up where they belonged, and the categories would be most useful to our show visitors.
Sharon and Mary Jo worked together on the video/slideshow about her rug “Happy to See Ewe”.
I really appreciate the team who did so much to make this show come together. What a pleasure, and what an accomplishment! — Barb