Last Sunday was the most recent meeting of SDA Michigan. There were four of us in attendance. Xia Gao came all of the way from Lansing to participate. We had a lovely visit, snacks and show and tell. We were all fascinated with Xia's latest work which was made from lutradur and cut with a cricut machine. She had two delicate lace like bowls, one dense black and the other white. Kay Lister had two toss pillows made from yardage she discharged on her driveway using the purchased thickened bleach as well as a very large and colorful snow dyed piece. Kay says the bleach left "crop circles" type marks on the drive! Terrie Voight was wearing a silk and wool hand printed shrug in blues and purples. The fabric was very soft and draped beautifully. She also showed us a long jacket she made from black discharged cotton. I (Susie) showed two garments from the Ann Arbor Fiber Feast as well as an indigo dyed shibori sampler.
I had expected to discuss another offer from The Edsel Ford House Gallery for an exhibit in November. However, I learned that there had been a personnel change. I tracked down the new exhibitions coordinator and they have once again withdrawn the offer. They say there has been too great a turn-over in personnel to even consider an exhibit at this time. I do not intend to pursue this venue again.
Diane Nunez was unable to attend the meeting. I do hope that she will, as she hopes, be able to take up her responsibilities as your representative in the very near future. She has assured me that she intends to do so as soon as she is able. Please hang in there with her. If anyone would like to volunteer to help her get started by proposing a workshop or speaker, I am sure she would be happy to accept that sort of help.
Meanwhile, please keep in touch. I am still in the same place, same e-mail, and look forward to hearing from you. I will be teaching classes and trying to produce some new work. I would love to hear what you are doing and would also love to see more smiling faces on Michigan's section of the SDA website!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
April 8 & 9, 2014
April 8 Morning Speaker – KATHIE BRIGGS - is an award winning artist exhibiting quilts in galleries, art centers and at national and international quilt shows; and has been featured at the Fiber Artists Coalition, Loose Threads, and in books and magazines. She is a member of, the Jordan River Arts Council, Crooked Tree Art Council, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, and a professional artist member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates.
Kathie is fascinated by the interplay of color, form and texture. Her realistic to abstract art quilts sometimes include tactile elements like beading and layering as well as dimensional components such as wired leaves. She enjoys combining her own hand-dyed and painted fabric with a wide variety of commercial fabrics. She will speak on “Dancing With Your Muse”.
April 8 Afternoon and April 9 Workshop - KATHIE BRIGGS – “Driven to Abstraction”
Kathie will provide lessons on creating the quilt as abstract art. She will help attendees explore the continuum between realism and total abstraction with a series of exercises. Attendees will work quickly to create several small fabric and/or mixed media compositions.
May 13 & 14, 2014
May 13 Morning Speaker – JUDY PETROVICH – is a designer, seamstress, and fiber artist from Holly, Michigan. She aspires to create truly wearable art that's unique and elegant, but flattering to all, regardless of size. She spent the majority of her working career in the technical illustration field of the automotive industry. Her precision drawing skills and appreciation for structure drove her to always look for that "extra something" to make her creations truly different. She found her unique niche when she used a newly designed dry felting machine called the FeltLOOM together with alpaca fiber to produce custom high quality non-woven fabric as yardage. She won the 2009 Adult division of the Michigan Make It With Wool Contest. Today she has expanded her line of custom designs to include blends of silks, wools, cottons and bamboo. The FeltLOOM sparks creativity and new ideas in her mind, and Judy loves to share the knowledge, as well as her passion for sewing, with others.
May 13 Afternoon and May 14 Workshop - KATHY JACOBI – “Fine Art Felting”
Kathy will lead workshop attendees in felting by machine and by hand, incorporating a variety of gorgeous wools, fibers, yarns, beads, and embroidery, and any other art related materials that will make their work individual and out-standing fiber art pieces.
June 10, 2014