Fiberart International 2019

You are all invited!

The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh did it again!

The show is up, we are just finishing a few details and we are ready for the opening! Of course it couldn’t have been possible without the help of all the volunteers!

Some even had time to do a little yarn bombing at Contemporary Craft!

Thank you for all the hard work, see you at the opening!

The New Collective – Call for Entries

Every three years Guild Members of the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media are invited to submit work for a juried group exhibition called The New Collective. All forms of work will be considered, including 2-D, 3-D, film, video and other media, performance and interactive works, wearables, collaborations, etc. This year, a guest-curator, Tina Dillman, was invited to organize an exhibition around selected guild members. For more information on the exhibition, and how to submit your work, please visit https://pfpca.org/open-call-pcam-affiliated-guild-membersMore Information

Upcoming workshops

There will be two great workshops taught by FI19 artists.

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Intro to Sculptural Peyote with FI2019 exhibiting artist Beth Blankenship sponsored by Contemporary Craft.
Add a new skill to your art practice toolbox. In this workshop, students will be introduced to a technique that will give their beadwork a new dimension. Sculptural peyote stitch uses just beads, thread, and tension to create 3-dimensional objects.
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August 12-16, 2019
Knitting with Glass with FI2019 exhibiting artist Carol Milne sponsored by Touchstone Center for Crafts, 1hour from Pittsburgh in Farmington, PA.
Learn to knit with glass! Working with strands of wax, you will knit small objects to transform into glass using the lost wax casting process. Carol will cover all aspects of glass casting: wax-working, spruing waxes, mold-making, kiln schedules, divesting, and cold working. All levels are welcome, but beginners should be prepared to be challenged.
Combining her passion for knitting with her love for cast glass and sculpture, Carol is the lone pioneer in the field of knitted glass: creating knitted work in glass for over a decade.
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Guiditta Brozzetti

Written by Deb Brandon

There it was: Laboratorio Guiditta Brozzetti, the Guiditta Brozzetti workshop, a hand-weaving museum and school hidden inside the imposing church of San Francesco delle Dome in Perugia, Italy. I’d made an appointment to visit the studio months earlier, when I decided to travel to Perugia for a friend’s wedding. If I was going to travel that far, I definitely wanted to scope out textile-related landmarks in the area.More Information

Feathers and Finery

written by Deb Brandon

The first is Portrait of Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena holding the feathered royal kahili, by Robert Dampier

We treasure gold and diamonds, silver, rubies, and emeralds. But what if precious metals and gemstones didn’t exist? Would we have looked to other natural resources to treasure? Or to something completely different, such as handmade items or special artistic skills?More Information

Weaving for the King

Written by Deb Brandon

Can you imagine weaving for the king?More Information

For the Love of Textile Arts

written by Deb Brandon 

I learned to knit from my mother when I was seven. Knitting was followed by needlepoint, crocheting, felting, and spinning, all fun and interesting. Learning to weave when I was 35 felt as if I’d come home, as if I’d been a weaver in a previous life. At the loom, I felt connected to weavers everywhere, through space and time. With weaving, my love for textile arts soared. I wanted to see (and feel) it all: scrumptious raw cashmere, hand-spun silk, gorgeous hand-wovens, an amazing range of ethnic textiles—silk scarves from Laos, felted slippers from Turkey.More Information

End of the year Report

The end of the year approaches and I’d like to share what happened this last few months.

We organized our annual exhibition, Inspired! at Harlan gallery. Go to the Inspired! page to check out the work. Our guild has amazing artists!

 

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Inspired! Opening and Catalog

!!Hey Everyone!!

Please save the date Sunday, September 23 for the opening reception at Harlan Gallery.
A reception will take place from 1-4 pm, and awards will be announced at 2pm.
The Harlan Gallery is on the 2nd floor of the Seton Hill Art Center. The address is 201 W Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601

Catalogs for Fiberart Membership Exhibition: INSPIRED! will be available at the opening on September 23rd via pre-order only. Cost per catalog: $20 Please order it here.

 

 

Susan Shie Lecture

The room was packed for the June meeting, held at the Eastminster church. Our guest artist Susan Shie had several large quilts spread on tables to view, painted in soft turquois, mango yellows and pinks.. The quilts were peopled with hand drawn, whimsical faces and bodies, densely surrounded words written in fine black script,

She began her talk by reminding us that we all, as children, were natural artists. Somewhere along the way many became fearful of drawing and making mistakes. Her mission is to help her students recapture the joy of drawing and throw away the erasers.

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