Hosting the Artist Panel at Quilt National ’15

Getting accepted into Quilt National 2015 is an accomplishment many of us would envy. But FGP member Patty Kennedy-Zafred didn’t stop there. At the request of SAQA, the Studio Art Quilt Association, she jumped into the proceedings and hosted a panel of participating artists. We asked her to tell all and she graciously obliged…

By Patty Kennedy-Zafred

Lightening struck again, and the jury gods nodded in my favor. Dusting off the disappointment of two recent rejections, I was exhilarated by a fun filled weekend of art and activity at The Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio.

The Opening Reception was packed; a record number of 64 exhibiting artists from all over the world, along with many guests. But for me, the most exciting event came the next day when I hosted a panel of four exhibiting artists. SAQA had requested that the Artist Panel not repeat recent SAQA speakers, but other than that, I had free rein. Talk about a tough choice!

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Tina Williams Brewer

Inaugural Exhibition at the State Museum in Harrisburg

Tina Williams-Brewer, Governor Wolf, Laura Domencic

One of the great things about being a member of FGP is the opportunity to meet, know and learn from accomplished fiber artists.  Tina Williams Brewer, Master Visual Artist, is one of the most distinguished in our region.  I had a chance to chat with Tina recently about her inclusion in the special Inaugural Exhibition at the State Museum, Harrisburg, Pa  January 20, – February 15, 2015.

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PRINT FUN WORKSHOP

Over the past couple of years our programs committee has run this popular printing workshop several times, and it nearly always sells out. More and more fiber artists, may of whom already dye their own fabrics, are intrigued by the opportunity to control and create another element that goes into their work. In fact, guild member and award-winning quilter Patty Kennedy-Zafred has noted that quilters she meets around the country are so envious of the printing resource we have in AIR, right here in Pittsburgh. We asked Petra Fallaux, another amazing quilter, to take us along as she experiences the workshop for the first time…

By Petra Fallaux

AIR -3 at 9.12.20 AMRecently a handful of FGP members got together for a guild-sponsored “silkscreen on fabric and cloth” workshop at Artist Image Resources (AIR) on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Workshop leader Jennifer Rockage introduced us to the various steps in preparing a photo emulsion silkscreen from a drawing or photo. All of our screens were prepared in advance, so we were quickly off to making our own prints, one after another. Through multiple iterations, we figured out how much ink and pressure would make a perfect image from our screens.More Information

Hanging out at Touchstone Center for Crafts

JanSpring has finally sprung which means time to hit the road! Destination?  Touchstone Center for Crafts to drop off my quilt and lend a hand. Okay maybe it wasn’t so spring-like… actually it was more of a late-fall feel but it was my first visit to Touchstone, what a beautiful facility!More Information

Are you brave enough to self-curate?

Hey kids, let’s put on a show!  Camilla blog -4

Following Staci Offutt’s thoughtful review of Time and Materiality, we got to thinking about the process of self-curating an exhibition, especially when collaborating with fellow artists who happen to be friends. Would that be fun and exhilarating, an opportunity to see your work and theirs in a sharper light… or maybe not so much? As deadline stress set in, could fighting and biting break out? (OK so probably not in our guild, but one does hear stories.) Before our imaginations reached soap opera pitch, we asked Camilla Pearce to take us behind the scenes and unscrew the whole process. Here’s how Camilla tells it…

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Time and Materiality, a feast of textures and techniques

Laura Tabakman Trametes Polymer clay and paper bags Michelle Browne The Three Sisters/Dray Shvester Rusted, printed, stitched cotton blends, vintage lace, pillows

By Staci Offutt

Time and Materiality is a symbiotic collection of works by Michelle Browne, Camilla Brent Pearce, and Laura Tabakman. With 33 pieces, including a large-scale installation, these three artists have transformed the Spinning Plate Gallery in the East liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh into a feast of textures and techniques, fabric and ephemera.  

Photo right: Tabakman, Trametes, Polymer clay and paper bags; Browne, The Three Sisters/Dray Shvester Rusted, printed, stitched cotton blends, vintage lace, pillows

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Saturday potluck is super!

How many FGP potlucks have you attended?

Staci Offutt with Eloise and Kitty Spangler

Staci Offutt with Eloise and Kitty Spangler

Norma could answer that question Norma greets everyone at the door and gives out name tags.  Norma is our membership chair and she keeps track of attendance at every event.  Thank you Norma!

The beloved tradition continues every January it’s time to Clean out your studio and bring what you don’t want with a delicious dish to PCA.  BUT this year for the first time we held it on a Saturday.  Times they are a changing it’s harder and harder to schedule a day off, find a sitter or manage your own hours to be able to squeeze in a lunch with fellow fiber enthusiasts on a week-day.   But on the week-end?  ___ gathered together and brought all types o’ stuff gleaned from the studio.

 

 

 

 

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Construct Opening Night

Why fiber now? 

It’s the question contemporary fiberartists wrestle with, however subconsciously, every time they set to work. Why express my ideas with these methods and materials – often rooted in ancient, labor-intensive crafts – when there are so many easier, speedier alternatives? What am I building… and what am I building on?

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Left A Thousand Bats by Mary Towner

CONSTRUCT, the most recent FGP members’ show, seeks to explore these issues and show off some pretty spectacular artwork in the process. Juror Sandra Jane Heard, winner of the Fiberart International 2013 Directors’ Award, set herself the goal of selecting a “provocative and intriguing breadth of work.” Not satisfied with creating a “cohesive and stimulating experience,” Heard wanted the show to bowl the viewer over with a sense of the “diversity and creativity” pulsing through fiberart today. No problem. Our artists are so up to the task!More Information

Sherri Roberts Opening Celebration

SherriRobertsSHERRI ROBERTS invites everyone to the Opening Celebration of her solo exhibition, TURNING TOWARD THE LIGHT, on Sunday Feb. 1, 12:30 – 2:30p.m. The opening takes place at the Undercroft Gallery, in the First Unitarian Church which is located at the corner of Morewood and Ellsworth Ave. in Shadyside.  Sherri will display both her fiber cartoons and earlier work, including her Judaica.More Information

Three…two…one…GO!

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Welcome to the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh and the launch of our brand-new website!

Thanks to designer Cara Rufenacht, catalyst Donna Kearns, guru Laura Tabakman, and all the other guild members who made it happen. We hope you will find our expanded on-line presence a fun and user-friendly way to stay in closer touch with the guild and all things fiber.

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