Programs

2017-18 PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE- 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. Our world-famous Knit the Bridge project continues with re-purposing materials. All Guild programs are open to the public.

Show, Share and Critique – Fiber Conversations

“Show, Share & Critique” (formerly called Critiques) and Fiber Conversations are a great way to foster creative growth. Critiques are scheduled regularly (usually prior to the monthly meetings) to provide supportive response to Guild members’ work. Finished work as well as work in progress can be brought to the meetings.

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

About Programs

Check the website, email updates and e-blasts for corrections and changes to the programs. All Fiberarts Guild events are open to the public. Members are admitted free to programs; guest fee is $5 for non-members. Workshop fees vary. Space may be limited.

Program Chairs
Michelle Browne 412-576-5462 / mlbatoast7@gmail.com
Sam/Tricia Milford 412-719-8031 / drpatriciam@gmail.com
Jamie Herron 412-562-0387 or 412-589-8147 / nvr2L82Bgin@gmail.com
Katrina Shorter-Harrison 412-726-5645 / k2a5t@hotmail.com

PROGRAM LOCATIONS (unless otherwise listed)
Sixth Presbyterian Church (6thPC)
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.
Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC)
2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh PA 15222
In the Strip District near Penn Ave.
There is free parking in the adjacent lot for those attending programs at the SCC, a few metered spots lining the entrance on 21st St., and paid street parking.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
250 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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FIBERARTS GUILD/SCC CO-SPONSORED WORKSHOPS

The Fiberarts Guild will co-sponsor the workshops listed in our program by fiber artists at the SCC facility. Members can receive a discount of $25 for a one-day workshop and $50 for a two-day workshop. To apply for a discount, use the promotional code Fiberarts member discounts when registering with the SCC. Discounts will be applied on a first-come first-served basis. We encourage guild members to take advantage of the discounts and hope that none go unused while at the same time we hope that the discounts are available to all members who want them. We encourage you to pick the workshop you most prefer to attend and sign up quickly. We will notify members in the e-blast when discounts are still available for upcoming workshops.

WAYS TO REGISTER FOR SCC CO-SPONSORED EVENTS
Online: contemporarycraft.org
Mail: SCC attention: Rachel Saul Rearick, 2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh PA 15222
Phone: 412-261-7003 (credit card payment only)
Email: thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
To apply for a discount, use the promotional code Fiberarts member discounts when registering with the SCC (your membership to the Guild will be verified before applying the discount). Discounts will be applied on a first-come first-served basis. We encourage Guild members to take advantage of the discounts but to use them equitably. To use a discount, pick the workshop you most prefer and sign up quickly.

FIBERARTS GUILD ORGANIZED WORKSHOPS
Aug
20
Sun
Welcome Back Potluck @ Rhododendron Picnic Pavilion in Highland Park
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Bring a covered dish to share. Meet new members and old friends!

Sep
3
Sun
Knit and Crochet group @ Squirrel Hill Carnegie Library
Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

NO MEETING THIS MONTH.

There will be no meeting of the Knit and Crochet Mentor Group on Sunday, August 6, 2017.  The group will reconvene in September.

Just a reminder that the Knit & Crochet group serves to broaden the skills and interests of its members through shared knowledge and enthusiasm. Open to all skill
levels.

Contact Kitty Savel for more information kitsavel@gmail.com

Sep
9
Sat
Workshop by Jhenny Adams: Sustainable Garment Design @ Society for Contemporary Crafts
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003
thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
In this class, students will learn the basics of garment construction that will allow them
to create the wardrobe of their dreams! The instructor will lead participants through
sewing and patterning techniques as well as sustainable habits that they can use to
incorporate into their own studio habits.

Sep
15
Fri
Show, Share & Critique @ Sixth Presbyterian Church
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Critique: Bring completed or in-progress projects to share for inspiration and ideas.

Meeting Presentation by Atticus Adams: Wire Screen Sculpture @ Sixth Presbyterian Church
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Atticus Adams is a sculptor whose work embodies the transformative power of art to
create beauty, meaning, and emotional impact from industrial materials. Using aluminum,
bronze, copper, and stainless steel mesh—generally found in screen doors/
windows and filters—he creates abstract pieces and installations, which sometimes
resemble flowers, clouds, and other natural phenomena. Atticus works spontaneously,
feeling his way toward the objects that take shape in mind as he shapes them almost
entirely by hand. To some pieces he adds color and texture by applying paint or broken
auto glass.

Sep
16
Sat
Workshop by Kitty Savel: Crocket Wire & Bead Necklace @ Society for Contemporary Craft
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003
thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
In this class, students will learn how to crochet with wire and to create beautiful jewelry.
Using a simple chain-stitch technique, students will discover how to connect the
wire in delicate and intricate ways. Beads and stones will be incorporated resulting in a
colorful, unique necklace.

Oct
1
Sun
Knit and Crochet group @ Squirrel Hill Carnegie Library
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

NO MEETING THIS MONTH.

There will be no meeting of the Knit and Crochet Mentor Group on Sunday, August 6, 2017.  The group will reconvene in September.

Just a reminder that the Knit & Crochet group serves to broaden the skills and interests of its members through shared knowledge and enthusiasm. Open to all skill
levels.

Contact Kitty Savel for more information kitsavel@gmail.com

Oct
3
Tue
Fiber Conversation/Studio Visit with Angela Pasquale @ 598 Wenzel Avenue
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Angela Pasquale is renowned for her needlework sculpture and her blue-ribbonwinning
jars of peaches, pears, hot peppers, and tomato sauce. A native of Avellino,
Italy, Angela is one of those very creative people who do unconventional work. She has
exhibited in many Fiberarts Guild shows over the years as well as the City of Pittsburgh
ARTWorks Show where she took Best in Show in 2014.

Oct
13
Fri
Show, Share & Critique @ Sixth Presbyterian Church
Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Critique: Bring completed or in-progress projects to share for inspiration and ideas.

Presentation by Peggy Cox: Natural Dyeing-The Marriage of Plant and Fiber @ Sixth Presbyterian Church
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Peggy Cox is a Professor of Art at Westminster College in New Wilmington PA. Although
Peggy is a landscape artist who works in oils, watercolors, and collage, she
has recently begun to explore the world of textiles using ecoprint and natural dyes
made from regional plants, and from her own dye garden. She is constantly exploring
and pushing boundaries both in her own art and in the classroom where she recently
taught a cluster course with a biology professor where students explored the science
behind dyeing and the artistic expression thereof.

Oct
14
Sat
Workshop by Jodi McLaughlin: English Paper Piecing – Hexagons @ Society for Contemporary Craft
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003
thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
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.

Oct
21
Sat
Guided Tour of Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear @ The Frick Pittsburgh
Oct 21 @ 12:00 am – 12:15 am

THIS EXHIBIT IS SHOWING FROM OCTOBER 21, 2017 – JANUARY 7, 2018. THE DATE FOR THIS EVENT IS TO BE DETERMINED.
Location: The Frick Pittsburgh 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Discover the fascinating world of underwear design from the eighteenth century to the
present day in Undressed, which takes a serious look at an alluring subject. The exhibition
illustrates how undergarments reflect society’s changing ideas about the body, morality,
and sex, and the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in
molding the body to an always-changing fashionable ideal. Organized into thematic sections
that explore such ideas as relaxation, revelation, temptation, transformation, and
performance, Undressed looks at how our undergarments shape our bodies, and reveal
things about ourselves. Organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Workshop by Laura Tabakman: Polymer Clay @ TBD
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003
thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
In this class, students will learn basic polymer clay sculpting techniques to create different
kinds of plant life. Techniques used in color mixing including Skinner blend and how
to integrate wire with polymer clay will be covered.

Workshop by Linda Colsh: Design and Composition @ Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003
thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Bring a variety of surface-designed and commercial fabrics. Consider color, accent,
value, texture, contrast, scale and how to direct the viewer’s eye. Draw a cutting and
piecing guide. Plan a quilting design to enhance your composition. Work in neutrals or
any color scheme you wish: your fabrics are your palette. With emphasis on one-onone
critique, composition analysis and guidance in original design, students lay out and
sew a small to medium art quilt. A second quilt that develops from the first can be the
start of a series.

Oct
22
Sun
Workshop by Linda Colsh: Design and Composition @ Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003
thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Bring a variety of surface-designed and commercial fabrics. Consider color, accent,
value, texture, contrast, scale and how to direct the viewer’s eye. Draw a cutting and
piecing guide. Plan a quilting design to enhance your composition. Work in neutrals or
any color scheme you wish: your fabrics are your palette. With emphasis on one-onone
critique, composition analysis and guidance in original design, students lay out and
sew a small to medium art quilt. A second quilt that develops from the first can be the
start of a series.

Oct
29
Sun
“Blue” Artists’ Talk & Pick-up of work @ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Nov
5
Sun
Knit and Crochet group @ Squirrel Hill Carnegie Library
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

NO MEETING THIS MONTH.

There will be no meeting of the Knit and Crochet Mentor Group on Sunday, August 6, 2017.  The group will reconvene in September.

Just a reminder that the Knit & Crochet group serves to broaden the skills and interests of its members through shared knowledge and enthusiasm. Open to all skill
levels.

Contact Kitty Savel for more information kitsavel@gmail.com

Workshop by Eddie Shaw: Hand-stitched Leather Bags @ Society for Contemporary Craft
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This workshop is 2 Sundays
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003
thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Students will design and crate their own cross-shoulder leather bag. Techniques of
cutting, beveling and hand sewing high-quality oiled leather will be covered.

Nov
10
Fri
Into the Forest: Opening Reception; Exhibition Dates: November 10 – December 4 @ Spinning Plate Gallery
Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Into the Forest is an international collaboration of polymer artists and enthusiasts, organized
by Julie Eakes, Emily Squires Levine, and Laura Tabakman, in the form of a mixed
media installation.

Nov
11
Sat
Workshop by Kirsten Ervin: Rug Hooking Techniques with T-shirt Yarn @ Society for Contemporary Craft
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003
thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Using primitive rug hooking techniques, students will create unique and colorful
brooches and ornaments from recycled T-shirt yarn. Students will master techniques
for making the T-shirt yarn, designing and hooking the brooch or ornament, and finishing
the piece with a hand-sewn fabric backing.