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