2018-2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE – printable pdf

The Fiberarts Guild offers a lively, rich variety of activities each year. Our lecture and workshop series features regional and national artists, curators, and educators from September through June. Exhibitions are sponsored regularly. Critiques, Fiber Conversations, and Special Interest (Mentoring) groups meet throughout the year.

The Outreach Committee works to share our talents with the greater Pittsburgh area, and at skill sharing meetings members share talents and techniques with each other. All Guild programs are open to the public. Members are admitted free to most programs; guest fee is $5 for non-members. Workshop fees vary. Space may be limited. Register early to be assured a spot!

Show, Share and Critique – Fiber Conversations

Show, Share & Critiques are a great way to foster creative growth. They are scheduled regularly (usually the same day as our monthly meetings) to provide supportive response to FGP Members’ work. Members are encouraged to discuss both finished work and works in progress. Show /Share /Critique: you tell us which you prefer.

Fiber Conversations are usually held in a FGP member’s studio or home, and they allow FGP Members to meet in small groups to share experiences, solve technical and aesthetic problems, and network. They provide an opportunity to check out artists’ studios and see how they adapt their space to suit their needs.

Special Interest Groups such as Knit and Crochet Group, Felting Group and CAT/Cultural Anthropology of Textiles meet regularly and are not listed in the program. Contact Carol Henley to join a group or start one.

Lectures and Presentations feature regional, national and international artists, curators, and educators.

Workshops at Contemporary Craft : The Guild collaborates with Contemporary Craft to bring in the best instructors from around the country in fiber techniques and concepts at prices discounted to FGP members. All fiber workshops at CC between September 2018 and June 2019 will be co-sponsored by the FGP with a limited number of discounts. FGP Members can receive $25 off most one-day workshops. Members can receive a $30 discount on their first two-day workshop discount, and a $50 discount on subsequent two-day workshops. To apply for a discount, use the promotional code Fiberarts Member Discounts when registering (current membership needs to be up to date). Discounts applied on a first-come first-served basis. We will notify Members in the Eblasts when funds for our discounts are running low or no longer available.

To Register for CC Co-Sponsored Programs
Mail: CC attention: Jhenny Adams
2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh PA 15222
Phone: 412-261-7003 (credit card payment only)

About Programs

Check the FGP’s website (, Eblasts, and the FGP Facebook page ( FiberartsGuildofPittsburgh/) for changes and updates to the programs. All FGP events are open to the public. Members are admitted free to most programs; guest fee is $5 for non-Members. Workshop fees vary. Space may be limited.

Program Chairs
Michelle Browne, Chair • 412-576-5462 |
Petra Fallaux (Eblasts) •
Carol Henley (Special Interest Groups) •
Delli Speers (Show, Share and Critique) •
Sam Milford •

PROGRAM LOCATIONS (unless otherwise listed)
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
250 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15206
The entrance to the church is on Station Street. Parking is available behind the Church. To get to the church, turn
into Harvard Street from North Highland Avenue. The free, church lot is on the left; public parking is on the right. When you enter the building, you will sign in with the security guard and be directed to our meeting room.
Sixth Presbyterian Church (6thPC)
LOCATION CODE: 6th PC / Squirrel Hill
1638 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15217
Corner of Forbes and Murray in Squirrel Hill
Metered and free parking available on the street or in the garage across Murray Ave.
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA)
6300 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15232
Corner of Fifth and Shady Avenues in Shadyside
Metered parking available in PCA lots and on Shady Ave.
Contemporary Craft (CC)
LOCATION CODE: SCC / Strip District
2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh PA 15222
In the Strip District near Penn Ave.
In the strip district off Penn Ave. A paid, monitored parking lot is located on 21st Street, behind the building. Metered parking is also available throughout the Strip District.


2018 Member Exhibition
Sept. 23 – Oct. 18, 2018

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 23, 2-4pm Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill Arts Center Greensburg, PA

How are you INSPIRED? What are the experiences / relationships / subjects / objects / artists / styles / or ?? that inspire your work as a fiber artist? This exhibit will be a unique opportunity to share our work, while honoring the influences that motivate our creative practice. In addition to their original work, participating artists will be invited to con- tribute material – stories, images, or online reference – to introduce their inspirations. Through sharing these sources of inspiration, we may recognize ourselves as connected to a creative legacy greater than any individual work of art.


May 31 to August 24, 2019

Rae Gold, director

Locations: Contemporary Craft / Strip district – Brew House / South Side

Fiberart Forum: keynote Speaker Jane Sauer: June 1, 2019

The Fiberart International, sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild, is a triennial exhibition that draws fiber artists from around the world. The goal of Fiberart International is to exhibit the best of contemporary art and invites submissions that reflect a wide range of works related to the fiber medium. The exhibition will include innovative work rooted in tra- ditional fiber materials, processes, and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines.

2018-2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE – printable pdf


September 21 Friday
Show, Share & Critique 3:00 – 5:00
Guild Meeting / Opening Season Event: Presentation by Jim Arendt 7:00 – 9:00 Location: EM PC / East Liberty

Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through materials that resonate with work and the people engaged in it. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapers in which he was raised, he investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. His work currently on display in Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materi- als at the Contemporary Craft, won the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize.

September 22 Saturday 10:00 – 5:00
Workshop: Jim Arendt. Rise Up! 3D Fiber Techniques
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $115. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: or 412 261-7003

Explore traditional and experimental fabric manipulation techniques to give your art a new dimension. This workshop will address applique, resin forming, couching, dimen- sional folding, and rivet smocking that can be adapted to your art practices.

September 23 Sunday
Opening Reception: Membership Exhibition “Inspired!” 1:00 – 4:00
Artist Talks, Awards and Tour of the Art Center 2:00
Exhibition Dates: September 23 – October 18
Location: Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill University, in Greensburg, PA.

Sept 29 & Oct. 6 2 Saturdays 10:00 – 5:00
Workshop: Amber Coppings—Surface Design: Handmade to Digital
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $185. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: or 412 261-7003

Students will learn to create a sampler of shibori hand-dyed fabrics based on their simple sketches from the first session. Then use their fabric samples to create digital pattern designs that can be used with print-on-demand websites such as Spoonflower. Some experience with Adobe Photoshop is necessary. Bring laptop, and a smartphone or tablet.

October 12 Friday 6:00 – 9:00
Crafts and Drafts featuring Nisha Blackwell Bow Ties
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $35
Registration: or 412 261-7003

Get ready for a night on the town with a new handmade bow tie, or one for your date! Bow ties also make fashionable pet accessories!

October 19 Friday 2:00 – 3:30
Field Trip to McCarl Coverlet Gallery, Fred Rogers Center
Location: St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA

The McCarl Coverlet collection is comprised of over 724 “figured and “fancy jacquard” woven bed covers. The bulk of the collection originated in Pennsylvania and neighbor- ing states from 1820 – 1860. The gallery houses over 100 different pieces of textile and weaving equipment. Carpooling will be organized with departures from sites conve- nient to the drivers and passengers. Arrival at the museum is scheduled for 2:00 pm. To sign up for carpools contact Barbara Kubala by Oct 16. If members want to have lunch before the museum tour there is an active art center in Latrobe featuring a café and regional art work on display.

October 25 Thursday
Show, Share & Critique 3:00 – 5:00
Guild Meeting / Laverne Kemp Celebrating 40 years of Weaving! 7:00 – 9:00
Location: PCA / Shadyside

Celebrating Laverne Kemp’s 40 years of weaving with a fashion show of her work, and testimonials and stories from her friends. Also, the best darn birthday cake from Laverne’s favorite bakery! Let us know if you have a story to share.

November 3 Saturday 10:00 – 5:00
Workshop: Kitty Savel — Crochet Wire Beaded Necklace
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: Tuition: $55. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: or 412 261-7003

Explore how to crochet with wire and create jewelry using a simple chain-stitch tech- nique. Students will learn how to pick the right wire to use and discover how to con- nect wire in delicate and intricate ways. Beads and stones can be incorporated resulting in a colorful, unique necklace.

November 9 Friday
Show, Share & Critique 3:00 – 5:00
Guild Meeting / Speaker: Yemisi Ajayi  7:00 – 9:00
Location: EM PC / East Liberty

Creative Director at Arisimi Designs and currently working at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia, Yemisi Ajayi has won a reputation as an innovative textile designer work- ing within the realm of traditional Yoruba cloth and motifs. She is also a teacher of batik, adire (starch resist) dye method, and Yoruba patchwork quilting. A native of Lagos, Yemisi maintains a small workshop and collaborates widely with Nigeria’s many talented visual artists. In 1995, Yemisi and a group of her friends started the Rainbow Women’s Arts Association (RAWA). Explaining the organization’s mission, she says, “I believe women are burdened with heavy responsibilities which prevent them from expressing themselves. We want to provide the opportunity for them to express them- selves through the arts, and also gain some economic independence, which will help preserve that opportunity of expression.”

November 10 Saturday 10:00 – 5:00
Workshop: Yemisi Ajayi Batik and Adire Indigo Dyeing
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $155. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: or 412 261-7003

This workshop provides an overview of batik and adire (tie-dye), two traditional Yoruba cloth-dyeing processes. Students will learn immersion and compression dyeing, as well as resist techniques using melted wax. These processes have over 1,000 years of his- tory, yet still allow for fresh, personal creativity and self-expression.

December 8 Saturday 1:00 – 5:00
Workshop: Daniel Baxter — Kreepy Dolls Holiday Workshop
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $70. Materials included. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: or 412 261-7003

Kreepy dolls made with love are perfect stocking stuffers for kids, good and bad! Learn sewing techniques used in Kreepy doll making and explore magical design by digging deep into your imagination.

December 15 Saturday 11:00 – 5:00
Art Opening: Circular Abstractions: Bulls Eye Quilts
Location: Westmoreland Museum of Art / Greensburg
Opening December 14 5:00-7:00

Circular Abstractions: Bulls Eye Quilts, a touring exhibition at the Westmoreland Mu- seum of American Art in Greensburg (Dec 15, 2018 to March 10, 2019). Color and design become the focus of a dazzling array of 51 quilts inspired by the innovations of legendary fine art quilt maker Nancy Crow.

January 4 Friday
Meet for lunch in the Strip (location TBD) 12:30
Tour: Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials 2:00 – 3:00
Show, Share & Critique 3:00 – 5:00
Location: CC / Strip District

Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials features 26 exceptional artists showcasing newly created, innovative artworks that incorporate found materials including fiber and textiles in unexpected ways and challenge notions about common- place objects, found materials, and contemporary art for personal and global narra- tives, expressions, and aesthetics. The Transformation series, one of the Contemporary Craft’s signature programs, was established in 1997 as a biennial juried exhibition focusing on traditional craft media – glass, wood, metal, clay, and found materials – in rotation. The exhibition seeks out an international selection of artists redefining their medium to create work that is challenging and thought provoking; inviting us all to reconsider our notion of “craft.”

January 19 Saturday 10:00 – 2:00
Guild Meeting / Potluck Fundraiser: Back at the PCA!
Location: PCA / Shadyside

Come and join us for our Winter Potluck as we shake off the winter blues and have a blast with our fiber friends. Clean out your studio and bring your surplus supplies and books to our Paper Bag Auction. You can go home with treasures from someone else’s stash for next to nothing! Tickets (5 for $1) raise money for the guild. Bring a covered dish to share at our potluck lunch. Don’t forget your address stickers for the back of your auction tickets and a tote bag for your winnings. Guests are welcome and free of charge. Donate your fine art, fine crafts, skills or services to our silent auction.

February 6 Wednesday
Show, Share & Critique 3:00 – 5:00
Guild Meeting / Petra Fallaux: Circular Abstractions 7:00 – 9:00
Location: 6th PC / Squirrel Hill

Petra will present an inside, close-up look at Circular Abstractions: Bulls Eye Quilts, (see Dec. 15 listing). The exhibition features 51 internationally recognized artists that improvise around the bulls eye pattern: a four-quadrant design with a bull’s eye at the center of each quarter. Dutch native Petra Fallaux is a writer, curator, and artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She co-directs an award-winning architectural firm, Spring- board Design. Petra has curated well over one hundred exhibitions in a variety of media ranging from quilts, paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, video, architecture, and design, to multi -media and site-specific installations. Her ongoing art quilt series, For- mations, embodies her credo of shape, color, and simplicity.

February 20 Wednesday 7:00 – 9:00
Hands-on Fiber Conversation at the studio of Katy DeMent
Location: 2448 Woodstock Ave. Swissvale PA 15218

Katy DeMent is a working studio artist, organic gardener, and beekeeper who creates her art from plants and recycled treasures. Each piece is a vignette that tells a story with layers of vintage ephemera, photos, and bits of cloth interacting with etched images, small toys, natural objects, and beads. Her work is found in galleries and museums worldwide and has been featured on HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast. Also, an ac- tive teaching artist, DeMent has presented residencies through Pittsburgh Filmmakers/ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, ArtsPath, Gateway to the Arts, Young Audiences of New York, and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

March 7 Thursday
Show, Share & Critique / Mattress Factory Education Studio 2:00 – 4:00
Guild Meeting / FI19 Juror Michael Olijniyk 6:00 – 8:00
Location: The Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh 15212

Michael Olijnyk is Executive Director of the Mattress Factory, replacing the late founder Barbara Luderowski. He was Co-Director for 41 years and has been Curator of Exhibi- tions since 1979. He has worked with over 750 artists since 1982 and is responsible for the Mattress Factory’s artistic program. He studied sculpture and design at Carnegie Mellon University and has exhibited work throughout the U.S.

March 9 Saturday 10:00-5:00
Workshop: Jodi McLaughlin English Paper Piecing: Hexagons
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $90. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: or 412 261-7003

Learn basic English Paper Piecing (EPP), a quilt-making technique, to create gorgeous geometric shapes with fabric scraps. Students will work with the hexagon – a versatile shape that can produce unique layouts and patterns –and learn how to use essential quilting techniques such as glue basting, applique, and hand quilting. Each student will go home with a mini quilt.

March 15 – 17 Friday – Sunday

Knit and Crochet Festival 2018 / Location: Doubletree by Hilton, Green Tree, PA 15205

March 30 Saturday 1:00 – 2:30
Fiberart International Volunteer Popcorn Crunch Meeting
Location: 6th PC / Squirrel HIll

This will be the final organizational meeting before the Opening of Fiberart Interna- tional ’19! It’s not too late to join in the excitement. You can volunteer for a range of options from making phone calls to something more physical, like unpack actual art! And there’s always the opportunity to host an FI artist, providing a chance to share their experience traveling to Pittsburgh, develop a relationship, and share in the excitement of their acceptance!

April 6 & 13 2 Saturdays 10:00 – 3:00
Workshop: Rose Clancy Rust Dyeing
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $90. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: or 412 261-7003

Transform plain linens into beautiful stained fabrics by using rusty tools, vinegar, water and a bit of time. Learn a variety of wrapping techniques and staining tips to create object bundles that will then be exposed to the natural elements for a week. Students will experiment with different rusty materials and collaborate with nature to make in- terestingly stained fabric.

April 10 Wednesday
Show, Share & Critique 3:00 – 5:00
Guild Meeting / Rose Clancy 6:00 – 8:00 L
ocation: CC / Strip District

Rose Clancy is a sculptor, site-specific installation artist, and gardener currently working with the reclamation of neglected spaces. Her artistic practice combines the archeolog- ical and environmental aspects of a space with her own biographical history to create sculptural works that invite personal reflection and advocate environmental awareness and stewardship. Her work focuses on the relationship between neglect and nurturing, and illustrates through example, the ease with which a neglected unproductive space can be nurtured back to a productive state through the efforts of one person.

April 28 Sunday 11:00 – 4:00
Workshop: Melissa Delisio Marbled Fabrics
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $95 Guild scholarships available for members Registration: or 412 261-7003

Use ancient marbling techniques to marble one-of-a-kind fabrics. Play with color and pattern to create contemporary and traditional free form designs. Students will become versed in a variety of products to use in fabric and paper marbling and walk away with a beautiful stash of fabric to use in their next project.

May 1 Wednesday
Show, Share & Critique 3:00-5:00
Annual Guild Voting Meeting & Focus: Guild Outreach Program 7:00 – 9:00
Location: 6th PC / Squirrel Hill

The Fiberarts Guild Community Outreach Committee works to share our talents with the greater Pittsburgh area and to develop connections with other community groups. Recently, the committee has been attending skill-sharing meetings with area refugees and immigrants. This connection was set up and is overseen by the Jewish Family & Community Services, one of the four refugee resettlement organizations in the Pitts- burgh area. Communities served have included Latino, Syrian, Afghani, Korean, and Turkish. Staff from the JF&CS, members of the Outreach Committee, and individuals from one of the refugee groups will talk about this program.

May 31 Friday Time TBD
Fiberart International 2019 Opening Reception
Location: CC / Strip District and Brewhouse / South Side

June 1 Saturday Time TBD
Fiberart International 2019 Forum
Keynote Speaker: Jane Sauer
Locations: CC / Strip District and Brewhouse / South Side

Jane Sauer is an internationally known artist and curator. Her work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., the Museum of Art and Design, New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She was the owner of Thirteen Moons, which became Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She now lives in St. Louis.

In July 2019 (TBA) we will present “An Insider’s Look at Fiberart International ’19.” Enjoy this opportunity to see FI19 one last time! Join us for a pizza party, when local artists and curators will speak about the work accepted, and share the inside scoop on this amazing international exhibition.

2018-2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE – printable pdf


Day Trip to Kent State University Museum @ Kent State University Museum
Jul 25 @ 8:30 am

See Focus Fiber 2019, Fashion Meets the Body and Ohio Quilts. We leave Pittsburgh at 8:30 am, return for dinner. Kent State University Museum is all about Fiber and Fashion. Don’t miss these special exhibitions! Contact Michelle Browne about carpooling

Papermaking 101, Instructor Katy DeMent @ Katy's Swissvale studio
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day
Papermaking 101, Instructor Katy DeMent @ Katy's Swissvale studio

A two day comprehensive workshop in Katy’s Swissvale studio workshop for $150. No previous experience is necessary. Learn a wide variety of skills including pulp painting, plant fiber processing, using a hydraulic press, embellishing, embossing and embedding plants and thread in your paper. Contact Katy for a complete description of the workshop and to register,

Brewhouse Gallery: Dialogue with Fiberart International 2019 Artists @ Brew House Association
Aug 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Brewhouse Gallery: Dialogue with Fiberart International 2019 Artists @ Brew House Association

A dialog with Carol Milne, Pati Beachley, Patty Kennedy Zafred and Melinda Stees

The Medium is the Message or is the Message in the Medium? How do these artists approach their media and their messaging? Carol Milne and Pati Beachley work with hard materials; Carol in glass, Pati in Metals; Patty Kennedy Zafred and Melinda Stees work in “soft” traditional materials. How do non-traditional materials (and our preconceptions of these materials) expand our notions of fiber? Why do they all qualify as Fiber Art?

Contemporary Craft Gallery: Dialogue with Fiberart International 2019 Artists
Aug 24 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Contemporary Craft Gallery: Dialogue with Fiberart International 2019 Artists

Technique, concept and innovation are important to artists Jozef Bajus and Erika Diamond. Bajus is an associate professor of Fiber and Design at Buffalo State College. Diamond, an MFA in Fiber from Virginia Commonweath University, is Assistant Director of Galleries at Chautauqua Institution. This is the last day of the exhibition. What is behind the art you see? What are the roots of the ideas and processes? Catch the exhibition before it closes!