AAFG 2021-21 Meeting Programs
Membership meetings are held the 2nd Monday, September – May.
As we navigate a new normal, the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild will remain flexible and offer a combination of virtual and in-person meetings.
Zoom+ = From September through December, speakers will present remotely via Zoom. You have the option of viewing from home via Zoom or joining other Guild members in person to view the Zoom presentation at Zion Lutheran Church. Masks must be worn at the church.
Zoom Only = From January through March, presentations and participation will be exclusively on Zoom. (We will not meet in person.)
In-Person Only = In April and May the speakers will present in person at Zion Lutheran Church, and we will physically gather. (These meetings will NOT be offered in the Zoom format.)
September 13, 2021 (Zoom+)
“An Artist’s Life in Transition”
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi based artist Kerr Grabowski is known for her mixed media work and elegantly whimsical wearable pieces. After twenty-two years in rural New Jersey, nine of them heading the Fibers Program at Peters Valley School of Craft, Kerr returned in 2011 to her Mississippi roots. Grabowski’s history as a fiber artist has been marked by her constant experimentation with and innovative approaches to dyeing and screen processes. She developed Deconstructed Screen Printing, a monoprint technique allowing for a freer, more painterly approach to screen printing and produced two DVDs on her methods: Adventures in Surface Design and Deconstructed Screen Printing.
In this lecture, Kerr will discuss her evolution of moving from wearable art back to wall art and will also talk about the shift from in-person presentations to Zoom lectures and workshops.
October 11, 2021 (Zoom+)
“Color and Inspiration”
Build color confidence no matter what your favorite fiber technique. Daryl Lancaster will begin her lecture with color basics, and then share how color forecasts and online color tools can inspire you to stretch your imagination. She will illustrate a series of fun exercises to create easy color references using yarn, photos, and Color-aid papers.
Daryl is a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her award-winning hand-woven fabric and garments. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she has written more than 100 articles and digital content, and frequently contributes to weaving and sewing publications including Threads Magazine.
November 8, 2021 (Zoom+)
“Eco-Printing: Releasing Nature’s Secrets”
Eco-printing/botanical printing refers to leaves and plant matter that print through a bundling and heating process. Unlike natural dyeing, you actually see leaf images on your piece. Dawn Edwards will take you on an eco-printing tour where you will meet some of her friends from Australia, Ireland, and the Netherlands, and see their beautiful eco-printed creations. The lecture will end with a quick stop to her Plainwell, Michigan studio.
Dawn is a felt artist and tutor. She sells her work under the label ‘Felt So Right’ and teaches both nationally and internationally. Her felt art has appeared in numerous exhibitions. Dawn has been published in magazines and books, including Ellen Bakker’s Worldwide Colours of Felt, several issues of the Australian Felt Magazine, the International Feltmakers Association’s Felt Matters journal, the HGA journal Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, and the Russian magazine Felt Fashion. Her “Blue Coral” felt hat was chosen to appear in the Fiber Art Now’s Felt: Fiber Transformed. She is the co-coordinator of the not-for-profit group Felt United, which is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. Felt United has approximately 7,500 members, with the goal of uniting feltmakers from all around the world through the creation of felt art centered around the same theme. This year’s theme is ‘Emerge.’
December 13, 2021 (Zoom Only)
“All Is Not As It Seems: Alchemy, Tinkering, and Stitching”
Jennifer Lee Morrow
Like many studio practices, Jennifer Lee Morrow’s has evolved over the years. In her artwork, she has carried two consistent material threads: paper and textile techniques. Conceptually, she has explored mainly personal interests like home, protection, love, growth, and family secrets. These interests intersect with societal issues like gender dynamics, parenting, and spiritual evolution. Earlier in her career her pieces were more symbolic and conveyed a single message. Currently she is more interested in layered images and creating more complex narratives. This talk will use earlier and current work, studio and process shots, and her inspirational images to give a sense of her intuitive artistic process as well as how she appropriates, alters, and connects materials.
Jennifer is a mixed media artist with a strong interest in paper and textile techniques. She was raised near Niagara Falls – on the US side – and lived in Rhode Island and Kansas before moving to Maine in 1991. For most of her time in Maine, she lived and worked on exquisite Deer Isle. Jennifer earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from the University of Kansas at Lawrence. She has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts among other schools. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally in gallery and non-profit settings.
January 10, 2022 (Zoom Only)
Ellen Willson Threads of Interest Series: Lecture #3
“A Hand Made Tale”
A self-described artist, educator, designer, creator, sewer, writer, maker, visionary, and meditator, Katherine Tilton brings a light-hearted clarity, simplicity, and sense of deep play to all she touches. Her teaching is imbued with a humorous sensitivity and acceptance that allows easy access to meaningful exploration. Katherine will be sharing an overview of her creative journey which she calls “conscious creativity at play” including a new upcycling project.
Katherine has designed her own line of clothing and accessories, selling in boutiques, major department stores and catalogs. Through her Vogue & Butterick patterns, she fashions easy ‘everyday couture’ clothing for women which are artful interpretations of classic shapes with European flair. She creates unique and altered clothing with a quirky juicy flavor using surface design, up-cycling, and embellishment. Her work is included in the collections of The Mayo Clinic, St. Louis Park Medical Center, Minnesota History Center, and private collections. Her work has appeared in Vogue Pattern Magazine, Threads, Ornament, the Singer Sewing Reference Library and Fiberarts. Katherine maintains a creative studio in southwestern Oregon. She and her sister Marcy have an online fabric store, and conduct studio design tours in Paris (www.paristilton.com), exploring and playing in the creative essence of that magical city.
February 14, 2022 (Zoom Only)
“Hanging Techniques for Textile Art”
Preparing your textile wall art for exhibition is an important detail that can either make or break your beautiful work. Once a piece of textile art is finished it can often be a mystery as to how to hang it properly. In this presentation, Karen Turckes will share her practical advice for the best ways to hang quilted, felted, and woven wall art pieces as successfully as possible. She will discuss all the things to consider as you make your finishing and hanging decisions: from aluminum flats and wood, facing a piece, mounting on canvas, gallery wraps, hidden mounts to frames and gallery frames.
Karen Turckes is a full-time fiber artist and teacher. She has worked with textiles all 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. Karen is the owner of Windberry Studio, a private studio in Michigan where she makes hand dyed fabrics and art cloth. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally. Her love of art has led to teaching dyeing and surface design classes, as well as free motion stitching and fabric manipulation.
March 14, 2022 (Zoom Only)
Ellen Willson Threads of Interest Series: Lecture #4
“The Great Cloth”
In The Great Cloth Carl Stewart (he/him) examines the influence of heritage fabrics on contemporary textile art, specifically the influence of Scottish estate tweeds on his project clò mòr, a response to the conditions of LGBTQ+ individuals living in one of the 72 countries around the world where homosexuality is criminalized.
Carl Stewart is a weaver living and working in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He obtained his training at the University of Prince Edward Island and at Charlottetown’s Holland College School of Visual Arts. His projects are often created in response to events personal, political, and environmental. In his lectures, he brings to life the critical role of fabric in creating culture and identity. Carl’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and in the United States, and currently hangs in the collections of the Ottawa Art Gallery, the City of Ottawa, the Canada Council Art Bank and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, NY.
April 11, 2022 (Zoom Only)
“Think Spring” Virtual Membership Show
AAFG members respond to an artwork challenge by creating work that invokes the promise of spring. All fiber techniques will be represented in this 2D/3D non-juried virtual show.
May 9, 2022 (In-Person Only)
“Tales from the Weaving Room”
Ever wonder how Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold? What exactly is the spindle in Sleeping Beauty? Why did those Three Aunts have unusually large feet, arms, and teeth? Can you really poison someone through clothing like in the Greek myths? Where did these ideas come from? The answers to these questions and more will be revealed as we look at the textile images and metaphors that make up the fabric of folktales and myths from around the world. Over the centuries these stories were shaped by, and told to, women who were the primary makers of cloth. For 50,000 years the skill, tools and often magical looking processes needed to make cloth have been part of women’s lives and have been reflected in the stories they told each other as they worked throughout the year to clothe their families and communities.
AAFG member Barbara Schutzgruber is a fiber artist and award-winning storyteller, recording artist and author with over 30 years of experience on stage and in the fiber arts. When asked, “What do you do?” She answers this way: “I am a weaver. I weave words, fiber, reed and fabric to create stories, garments and containers because stories are the threads that connect the world, and every weaving tells a story.”
September 12, 2022 (In-Person Only)
“Millie Danielson Fashion Show”
“Out of Yourself, Create” – Andre Gide
“Looking back, this statement has always been a definition of my philosophy. Trained as an Arts and Crafts teacher, I pursued many forms of art expression – watercolors, sculpture, fashion, printing, metal and wood working. A course in Serape weaving at the University of Mexico incorporated many of these techniques – design, color, texture, purpose. When a loom was given to me, I felt obliged to honor the gift by learning all I could about weaving. And a career was born!!!
Such pursuits have resulted in a body of work which has included many tapestry commissions, fashion shows, entries into many fiber exhibitions, and exploration into repurposing materials foreign to the weaving/fiber tradition.” – Millie Danielson
Millie Danielson is an original in every sense of the word, from her approach to design in all aspects of fiber arts to the fashions she creates and wears. Actively engaged in the community at large and a long-time member of AAFG, we are delighted to honor Millie with a fashion show featuring the work she has designed and created over her career.