June 2018 – Textile Inspirations: Hand-stitched Responses to Textile Treasures with Julie Booth
Julie will present the results of a 7-month challenge in which she and 19 other participants were inspired to create stitched artworks in response to a selection of fiber pieces from the Textile Museum’s collections and traveling exhibitions. Participants took advantage of programs sponsored by the museum, along with docent tours and arranged sessions at the Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center that houses many of the Museum’s textile treasures. Julie designed a series of creative challenges to guide participants in their approach to responding to their “muses”.
May 2018 – Wearable Woven Art by Inge Dam
Inge Dam is the author of Tablet-Woven Accents for Designer Fabrics: Contemporary Uses for Ancient Techniques. She has taught workshops in the US, Canada, and England, as well as Convergence and Complex Weavers. She weaves on a 32-shaft dobby loom and specializes in weaving unique fabrics. In most of her fabrics she incorporates tablet weaving and other embellishments and she has won many awards for her work.
This program will be a fashion show! Inge’s variety of garment and shawls will be modeled by participants. The items have been made using many different weaving techniques and have been decorated with various types of embellishments. Six of the garments have been in the Convergence Fashion Show. During the show Inge will explain how each piece was woven and how some of the embellishments on the garments were made. Most of the items have been made with a combination of tablet weaving and loom weaving. Inge’s Website
April 2018 – TKGA Master Knitter and Renowned Sock Maker Charles Gandy
CHARLES D. GANDY, a The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) Master Knitter learned to knit at the young age of four from his mother, a designer and shop owner. He designed his first sweater three years later and continues to create today. A two-time winner in Knitter’s Magazine “Think Outside the Sox” contest, three of his designs are featured in the book of the same name: “Dread Sox”, “Snake in the Grass” and “Pedicure Polka Socks”. His own book, The Embellished Sock: Knitted Art for the Foot” features eighteen creative patterns and numerous techniques and is available in yarn shops nationwide. His latest collections “Crazy Socks” and “MORE Crazy Socks” for REGIA Yarns have been received worldwide. Numerous other designs are widely published in leading magazines, book, and on Ravelry. He is a popular teacher at workshops and conferences nationwide. His most recent work, BEYOND THE SOCK, was an overwhelming success at The Bascom, A Center for The Arts in Highlands, NC that was on display from March 12 – June 12, 2016. His work placed as a semi-finalist in the 28th Annual World of Wearable Art in Wellington, New Zealand and later was on display at the 7th Wearable Expressions at the Palos Verdes Art Center in California. Charles’ Ravelry Page
March 2018 – A Historical Look at Rughooking with Barb Twig
In this month’s program, Master rughooker Barb Twig will discuss the history and materials of rug hooking. Barb will be sharing over twenty years experience with a variety of rug hooking techniques and materials. She will bring several examples of her work for viewing. Those in attendance will have a chance to win a door prize!
February 2018 Program with Conant Grant Winner Erika Cleveland
Viewers will learn the history of flip dolls, a powerful medium for transformation. Flip dolls are two-headed dolls connected in the middle by a shared torso, sometimes separated by a skirt that flips from one side to the other. These dolls, with their two connected sides, are a symbol of the union of opposites.
The history of flip dolls began with their construction by slaves during the Civil War era. However they evolved into much more over time, here and abroad, into mediums for story telling, mass-produced but also crafted at home. More recently, contemporary artists have used the flip doll as a means of expression. Cleveland will share images showing the historical span of these dolls and discuss her use of flip dolls as a healing medium in workshops with homeless women. She will share images of her own flip doll creations and images of contemporary artists who make flip dolls, and were interviewed as part of this project. Come away with an understanding of why Cleveland is so obsessed with this medium and be filled with a desire to learn more. Erika’s Website
January , 2018 – Program with Susan Levi-Goerlich
Susan’s fiber artwork celebrates texture, color and the myriad possibilities fiber offers to “paint” an image using fresh and unusual techniques. She uses free-motion machine embroidery, bobbin embroidery, needle-felting and silk-painting to create paintings in fiber.
Susan shows and sells her work at national and regional art shows and have exhibited nationally and internationally and teaches workshops and classes. Today’s program will include a Powerpoint on the techniques and artwork used in her projects. Susan’s Website
December, 2017 – Program with Lesley Riley
Lesley Riley is an internationally known writer, mixed media artist, art quilter, instructor, creative coach and mentor who turned her initial passion for photos, color and the written word into a dream occupassion.
Her art and articles have appeared in many publications, including her eight craft books. As former Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and the host of BlogTalk Radio’s Art & Soul show, Lesley developed a passion for showcasing talented creatives who make time for art.
In an ongoing effort to find the best ways for fiber and mixed media artists to get permanent photos on fabric, paper, wood and more, Lesley introduced Transfer Artist Paper™, named Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) 2011 Most Innovative new product, the state of the art technology for iron-on transfers.
Her passion and desire to help everyone reach their creative dreams and potential have led her to focus on motivating and empowering women to take their creative life into their own hands. Drawing from her own experience, conversations with women all over the globe, years of insight, and her intuitive knack for seeing the creative potential in the day-to-day of our busy lives, Lesley writes and blogs on the creativity gap, the obstacles that keep us from taking and making the time to gift ourselves with more creative and spiritually fulfilling activities. Her presentation will focus on the hidden and unexplored reasons why we Quilt; with samples. Lesley’s Website
November, 2017 – Program with Neroli Henderson
Australian artist Neroli Henderson had a remarkable journey on her road to becoming a textile artist. From beginning work as a corporate designer to a serious back break at age 25 with a long road to recovery. Neroli will detail her ascent from not knowing how to sew a thing to being an international award winning textile artist, tutor, writer, social media exploiter, and editor of an international fine art textile magazine.
Regularly featured in textile magazines and exhibitions world wide and the group owner of the Facebook ‘Textile Arts’ group with more than 17,000 members Neroli has found a unique niche. She believes strongly in the use of textile and fiber as a valid fine art medium. Her multi-media artworks are highly personal and introspective, used as both a method of catharsis and social commentary. Neroli’s Website
October , 2017 – Program with Leslie Pearson
Leslie Pearson is a multimedia artist who utilizes many fiber based materials, processes and techniques to create sculptures, installations, encaustic paintings, and handmade books in which she explores themes of memory and identity. She pursues art as a studio artist, community arts advocate and educator. Her 1.5 hour presentation will focus on the processes and various fiber art mediums that inform her work. Powerpoint presentation with plenty of opportunity for Q & A. Leslie’s Website
September, 2017 Program with Charlotte Sehmisch
Charlotte is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed felt artist and textile designer from Weimar, the home of Bauhaus, in Germany. She has exhibited her work worldwide in Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, USA and Australia, and is regularly invited to run workshops and masterclasses across Europe and the USA. Charlotte’s Website