Meeting Programs

AAFG 2020-21 Meeting Programs

General Notes

Membership meetings are held the 2nd Monday, September – May.
Due to the current Covid-19 physical distancing directives in place, all meetings will be held virtually via the Zoom platform until further notice.

Monthly Schedule 

Monday, September 14, 2020
“Welcome Back!”
Let’s reconnect via the Zoom platform. This is an opportunity to gather virtually and chat with other guild members. Share some of the projects that you were able to finish (or start) since we were asked to Stay Home/Stay Safe. Learn about upcoming lectures and workshops.

Monday, October 12, 2020
“Functional COVID Art Mask Online Exhibit”
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This is our first online exhibit! AAFG members who submitted mask entries will be invited to talk about their inspiration for creating these timely works of functional art. After the member exhibit, AAFG member Stephanie Schneiderman will share her collection of gorgeous COVID masks, acquired from Mexican artisans. Beginning in May, Stephanie started an initiative to sell face masks from Chiapas—including cotton masks made from the ikat dye resist cloth, traditionally used for the famed rebozos of Mexico. This effort has helped to generate revenue for the artisans who no longer had tourists coming, or expos to attend. A member-to-member breakout room chat session will follow the mask presentations.

Monday, November 9, 2020
“Artist Lecture”
Karen Hampton
An internationally recognized conceptual artist, Karen Hampton addressing issues of colorism and kinship within the African American community. Hampton’s art practice is the synthesis of memory, history, time, and cloth. Hampton, a student of cultural relationships, seeks to break through stereotypes and address issues related to being an African American woman. Frequently referring to herself as a griot (storyteller), she imparts conceptualized stories about the “other” in society. The canvas of her artwork is a coarsely woven cloth that is aged and imbued with these images, dating back to a forgotten part of the American story. Using her training in the fiber arts and anthropology, she brings together the roles of the weaver, the dyer, the painter, the embroiderer, and the storyteller. Hampton has found that working with historical narratives provides a vehicle to bring these silenced voices into the American landscape.

Hampton’s artwork is held in the collections of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, and the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii and she received the coveted Eureka Prize from the Fleishhacker Foundation in 2008. Hampton is an assistant professor in the Fibers program at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is a trustee for the Textile Society of America.

Monday, December 14, 2020
“Knitted Glass: How Does She Do That?”
Carol Milne
“I see my knitted work as metaphor for social structure. Individual strands are weak and brittle on their own, but deceptively strong when bound together. You can crack or break single threads without the whole structure falling apart. And even when the structure is broken, pieces remain bound together. The connections are what bring strength and integrity to the whole and what keep it intact.”

Carol Milne received a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, Canada in 1985, but realized in her senior year that she was more interested in sculpture than landscape. She has been working as a sculptor ever since. Carol is the lone pioneer in the field of knitted glass. Pushing the limits of her material through persistent and relentless experimentation, determined to combine her passion for knitting with her love for cast glass sculpture, she developed a variation of the lost wax casting process to cast knitted work in glass. Carol’s work is a visual feast!

Monday, January 11, 2021
“The Fabric of Civilization”
Virginia Postrel
From the moment we are born, we are surrounded by textiles. They clothe our bodies, cover our beds, curtain our windows, and carpet our floors. They give us medical masks, bandages, seat belts, and duct tape. They are everywhere. Textiles are one of humanity’s oldest and most essential technologies. The word technology even comes from the Indo-European root –teks, which means to weave. But most people take them for granted. In her acclaimed new book, The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, Virginia Postrel traces the story of textiles from cave dwellers twisting plant fibers into string to the latest in computer-driven 3D knitting. She reveals how the pursuit of cloth has shaped science, technology, economics, and culture. The story of textiles, she argues, is the story of human ingenuity in all its manifestations. In this illustrated talk, you’ll hear fascinating stories from textile history, meet some of the researchers and artisans Virginia visited, and come away with a greater appreciation for the textiles that surround us and the human creativity that made them abundant.


Monday, February 8, 2021
“AAFG Member 2D/3D Fiber Art Exhibition”
This juried virtual exhibition will feature the work of AAFG members. Artists will be invited to talk about their inspiration and process.

Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2 p.m.
The Ellen Willson Lecture Series: Threads of Interest #1
“Glorious Color”
Kaffe Fassett
Designed to inspire and motivate, this presentation will highlight works from Kaffe Fassett’s latest projects and is intended to empower and inspire you to create and develop your own “mind’s eye”. He has dedicated the last 50 years to the world of knitting, needlepoint, mosaics, painting, designing fabric, and patchwork quilting, promoting these crafts through his own work, and encouraging others to find their own creativity. Kaffe is a color expert and has produced over 30 publications on topics from color-in-design to how-to books. A tremendous amount of Kaffe’s inspiration comes from his travels. The program will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Monday, March 8, 2021
The Ellen Willson Lecture Series: Threads of Interest #2
“The Wild and Changing World of Natural Fibers from Alaska to Afghanistan”
Linda Cortright
As editor and publisher of Wild Fibers Magazine Linda Cortright has traveled to the seven continents, pursuing the role of natural fibers in remote and indigenous communities. In 2015, Linda opened the first—and only—cashmere spinning and weaving center in the High Himalayas; the Pangong Craft Center provides employment to more than 130 semi-nomadic women. Her incredible adventures are full of intriguing sketches about survival in some of the harshest environments in the world. Her treks include a visit with nomadic yak herders in Tibet and a helicopter sheep rescue muster in New Zealand. In November 2020, she published her first book, The Eye of Fiber, focusing on the impact of culture, climate, and politics within the fiber industry. Linda moved to Maine in 1995 where she keeps a small herd of cashmere goats.

Monday, April 12, 2021
“50-Mile Coat”
Joan McKenzie
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the fiber artists of the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners Guild in Ontario, Canada decided to give themselves a little challenge: craft a coat from scratch in three weeks using only materials found within 50 miles. They had just three weeks to card, spin, ply, weave, full, cut, sew, felt, and dye – and make the buttons! Etobicoke member Joan McKenzie will share her Guild’s adventure in making their challenge a reality.

Monday, May 10, 2021
“Mastering Focal Point and Balance”
Jane Dunnewold
This lecture underscores the importance of establishing balance in a work of art whether it is a textile, a painting, or a three-dimensional object. Balance may be symmetrical, but it could just as easily be asymmetrical. This presentation sorts out the difference and introduces viewers to all the permutations in between. And then we look at the door into the picture world. The focal point. Any artist who attends this lecture will emerge surer and more confident when it comes to managing balance and focal point issues in her work. Jane Dunnewold teaches and lectures internationally, and has mounted numerous solo exhibitions, including Inspired by the Masters (National Quilt Museum (2020) & Texas Quilt Museum (2018). A second mixed media series featuring re-purposed quilt blocks and gold leaf was exhibited at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas (2017) and more recently at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Fl. Dunnewold has authored numerous books, including the classic Complex Cloth (1996) and Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric (2010.) She is a former President of the Surface Design Association and currently facilitates a ten month Creative Strength Training community online.

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