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”
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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 *
“Exploring Nature with Paper & Stitch”
David Owen Hastings
David Owen Hastings is a quilt designer and instructor, graphic designer, artist, and creative coach.  Knitting and sewing since he was a kid, he says “There’s something magical in taking a length of yarn or a piece of fabric and turning it into something useful and beautiful with your own hands. It’s enchanting. I’m one of the believers that crafts like knitting and quilting can be both an artistic expression, as well as good for the soul. In recent years, I have enjoyed creating some of my own textiles through dyeing and painting. I love incorporating these fabrics into quilts and wall pieces with a modern twist. I also offer workshops and lectures on quilting projects and design techniques, fabric printing, artist branding, and advancing your own creativity.”

* David’s lecture will be presented via Zoom at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13. This is a shared event with NTGM (the Needlework and Textile Guild of Michigan). Meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of the month. A recording of the lecture will be available to AAFG members for a short time after the meeting date.

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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 *
“Alternative Stitching Practices”
Natalya Khorover
Reclaiming and repurposing materials to use in Natalya’s art has been her practice for years. Natalya uses meditative hand stitching and mending of vintage linen, alongside her industrial sewing machine to stitch and collage layers of translucent single-use plastics which would otherwise contribute to litter pollution. The transformation she subjects them to makes these materials unrecognizable.

Natalya’s design inspiration is drawn from the urban environment, buildings of all styles and sizes, new and dilapidated. She thinks of bridges as intricate heavy metal lace, and fire escapes as the iron spines which hold up our aspirations. To Natalya, graffiti is the voice of the city, powerful and opinionated. Even weeds pushing their way through the cracks in the sidewalk add to the beauty and complexity of the urban environment.

The contradiction of Natalya’s materials and subject matter – flimsy plastics, vintage linens and manmade symbols of progress and power – useful and damaging – are the underpinnings for the social, environmental, and political narrative that defines her work. The climate emergency that the world is facing right now is informing how Natalya lives and practices her art. She uses her artwork to engage and raise awareness about the need to achieve a zero-waste society.

* Natalya’s lecture will be presented via Zoom at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10. This is a shared event with NTGM (the Needlework and Textile Guild of Michigan). Meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of the month. A recording of the lecture will be available to AAFG members for a short time after the meeting date.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021
“Transforming Fabric”
Karen Turckes
To transform is to alter. See how fabric can be manipulated by means of folding, gathering, crinkling, and sewing. Transform the color with dye and alter the pattern with printing, stamping, resist, discharge, or soy wax batik. Lastly finish with embellishments, hand stitching, machine stitching or quilting. Each process is an exciting way of transforming a piece of fabric.
Karen Turckes is a full time fiber artist and teacher. She has worked with textiles all of her life and is a graduate of the Clothing and Textiles program at Michigan State University and the Art Cloth Mastery Program in San Antonio, Texas. She dyes her own cloth and adds layers of depth to the fabric using paint, soy wax, fabric manipulations and other surface design techniques. Turckes is the owner of Windberry Studio, a private studio in Michigan where she makes and sells hand dyed fabrics and art cloth. Her art work has been exhibited nationally. Her love of the art has led to teaching dyeing and surface design classes, as well as free motion stitching, appliqué and advanced piecing.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021

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