June 2019: The Power of Adornment with Suzi Click
Suzi Click is a wearable art fashion designer. After receiving her master’s degree in Clothing & Textiles from Texas Tech University in 1972 she spent over 30 years working in the apparel industry as designer of junior sportswear and jeanswear in Atlanta, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 2001 she started SUZI CLICK, her current Artisan Apparel & Accessories line of one of kind wearable art pieces which she sells to specialty boutiques and at art and crafts shows. From 2007-2014 she designed TWO GIRLS DANCING, her own fashion jeans wear line of mostly embroidered lightweight stretch jeans for the baby boomer customer. Suzi is also passionate about travel and incorporates globally hand made ethnic textiles from her travels into her wearable art. Her mission is to buy directly from the weavers to encourage them to continue their craft and to expose her customers to the stories behind the textiles. Suzi Click’s website
May 2019: Beading and Its Historical Roots: a journey through time and place with Teddi Fine
Almost two decades ago, after a career in national health policy and communications, Teddi Fine took a leap of faith and returned to her first love. In what has become her second career, she revives a childhood passion first kindled by her maternal grandmother, Rose: creating bead-woven jewelry with needle, thread and glass beads the size of a grain of sand. The muse awakened those many years ago continues to fuel Teddi’s bead weaving today. Each piece is sewn one bead at a time, using one or more traditional beading stitches, most with roots in ancient times. The unique appearance of a piece is achieved by bead color, shape, finish and size, and by the inclusion of pearls, crystals or semi-precious stones. The work is inspired by travels, history, flights of whimsey and, in some cases, the Judaic tradition. Yet, at their core, her creations are about connecting an ancient craft with a contemporary art form we now call bead weaving. And, it’s also a connection of the heart across generations. Teddi Fine’s website
April 2019: Every Picture Tells a Story with Sue Stone
Sue Stone is a British artist who trained in embroidery at Goldsmiths College in London in the 1970s. Best known for textural, figurative compositions Sue’s work often features a fish which is a symbol of her heritage. She is the daughter of a Grimsby (UK) fish merchant and a talented seamstress who trained professionally as a tailor. As an exhibiting member of the internationally renowned 62 Group of Textile Artists and a Fellow of the UK Society of Designer Craftsmen Sue has exhibited her work widely throughout the UK, Europe, the USA, Pakistan and Japan. TextileArtist.org (Sue Stone)
March 2019: The Power of Designing Your Own Fabric with Becka Rahn
Becka Rahn is a digital fabric and clothing designer, specializing in engineered fabric prints. She is the co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, a how-to guide to designing your own fabric. She has received Jerome Foundation and MN State Arts Board grants for her work and was recognized with an emerging artist award by Fiber Art Now magazine. Becka has taught workshops and seminars at national conferences including Surface Design Association, Midwest Weavers Guild and Handweavers Guild of America, as well as Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Becka has served on the international Etsy Sellers Advisory Board, representing niche craft business owners and is a member of the board of directors at the Weavers Guild of MN and Hennepin History Museum. Becka lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two black labs. She spends a lot of time thinking about pixels. Becka Rahn’s website.
February 2019: The “Window” from Sculpture into Cloth: Some windows open a world view with Jim Hay
Originally trained as a sculptor, Jim was Professor of Sculpture at Olivet College in Michigan for many years. He has lived in Takasaki, Japan, for the past 29 years. He creates unconventional cloth collage artworks—art quilts. Hay is a featured artist in Masterworks: Abstract and Geometric, an internationally published book and traveling exhibition, and he has exhibited his art quilts on four continents. Since 2007, Hay’s work has won prizes at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival: in 2018, he won first place in the original quilt category. Jim is a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Representative for Japan. Jim Hay’s website.
January 2019: Storytelling Textiles with Rebecca A. T. Stevens
Rebecca A. T. Stevens is the retired Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles at The Textile Museum (now The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum) in Washington, DC, a position she held for over thirty-five years. Her work now includes numerous national and international curating, consulting, lecturing, and jurying engagements on five continents. The Textile Museum (Rebecca A. T. Stevens).
December 2018: Guild Potluck Brunch & Yarn/Book Sale
This is a biennial social event and fundraiser for the guild. Members and visitors spend time shopping, then socialize over a delicious potluck meal. The event features a silent auction of items donated to the guild, including art, books and equipment. There will be the ever-popular yarn sale where all yarn is $1.50 a pound. There will also be a sale of fiber books that were donated to the guild. New this year is a fashion show of wearables made by guild members
November 2018: Textile Exploration: The Quiet Beauty of Imperfection with Eva Camacho-Sánchez
Eva Camacho-Sánchez of Lana Handmade is a fiber artist who creates nuno felt by combining fine silk and the finest merino wool. She learned to create from her mother, who grew up in a poor, rural village, and had no choice but to make her own clothes, sheets and other textiles in the 1940s. Her passion for creating and the importance of self-sufficiency was instilled in Eva at an early age, though Eva’s artistic passion only came alive when, as an adult, she discovered the amazing qualities of wool and the wonderful art of felting. Traditionally, felt is created by using water, soap, wool and agitation. Felting takes time, physical labor and patience. Most of the artist’s items are made with wool from local farms, using Icelandic and Romney varieties for housewares, and Merino for wearables. She buys the fleeces directly from farmers, then washes, dyes and cards them herself. She usually starts by hand-dyeing the wool (with natural dyes she has created herself from plant matter), which is then felted together with fine silk. To create patterns on the silk, she uses techniques such as free motion embroidery, hand-stitching, beading and printing. Her work is the result of the fusion of the ancient art form of feltmaking with modern techniques to create new and elegant styles. Eva Camacho-Sanchez’s website.
October 2018: Hooked Rug Landscapes and Portraits with Anne-Marie Littenberg
Anne-Marie Littenberg is a self-taught rug hooker who works from her home studio in Burlington, Vermont. She writes, “Fiber has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. The touch, scent, and visuals of thread and fabric have always been there. Fiber put food on the dinner table and a roof over our heads when I was a child (I had a single mom and 6 siblings). As a young adult, my sewing skills allowed me to wear gorgeous, finely tailored clothes I could never have afforded to buy. In my late thirties when I ditched the world of offices and business suits, I learned how to use it as my medium for artistic expression.” Anne-Marie Littenberg’s website.
September 2018: Beyond a Series: Translating Written Ideas Into Art with Susan Lenz
Using needle and thread for self-expression and heat-activated processes, Susan’s work reflects her passion for historic buildings, especially stained glass windows and the colors and eco-friendly ideals of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a 20th c. Austrian artist and architect. Susan’s work is regularly accepted into national and international juried exhibitions. She is a professional level member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and an affiliate member of Through Our Hands in England. Her work has been presented in solo shows across the country. Susan is represented in several galleries including the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC. Susan Lenz’s website.