Meeting Programs

AAFG 2019-20 Meeting Programs

General Notes
Membership meetings are held the 2nd Monday, September – May
Social Time & Library Browsing and Business: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Begins: 7:00 p.m.

Zion Lutheran Church
1501 West Liberty (between Seventh and Stadium)
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
Directions to Zion Lutheran Church
Enter on the east side of the building using the door closest to Liberty. Piper Hall is in the lower level; stairway is visible from the entrance, and a small elevator is around the corner from the stairway.
Parking options: Free generous parking onsite.

Inclement Weather Policy
AAFG rarely cancels a meeting due to bad weather conditions. In the event a meeting is canceled due to inclement weather, members will be notified via email by 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Nonmembers may check the AAFG Facebook page for meeting cancelation notices: In the event an artist has to cancel a workshop, all registered participants will be notified via email as soon as possible. Above all, consult your local internet, radio, or TV reports for the most updated road and weather conditions, and decide for yourself if you want to travel.

Monthly Schedule

September 9, 2019
“Creativity in the Real World”
Sue Walton
Sue Walton has been a maker most of her life: quilting, knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing, surface design and weaving. She either taught herself, attended workshops, or casually learned from others. Loom weaving was introduced to Sue while earning her BS in Art Education from Miami University, and for many years she wove garments and sold them at art fairs and galleries around Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Sue taught weaving at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center for 17 years, recently retiring to do more weaving herself. Intrigued by acts of creativity and how to accomplish more in one day, Sue will discuss ways in which creativity can coexist with our sometimes-demanding schedules by sharing theories and strategies to enhance time management.

October 14, 2019
“Turning Leather into Accessories”
Brenda Geiger
Brenda specializes in handcrafted leather purses, totes, wallets, and accessories. Her one-of-a-kind pieces incorporate handmade metal work, leather flowers, leaves, tassels, vintage hardware, and buckles. In her PowerPoint presentation, she will talk about how she got started in leatherwork, the challenges she encountered, and her design process. Brenda will show examples of her work, highlighting various techniques and embellishments, and discuss how she selects cowhides and the types of leather best used for purses, earrings, and bags.

November 11, 2019
Meeting Cancelled/Inclement Weather

January 13, 2020
“Textile Traditions of Mexico: Textiles and Dress as a Cultural Expression”
Stephanie Schneiderman
With over 60 distinct ethnic groups, Mexico’s cultural landscape is rich and diverse. This diversity is largely evidenced by the distinctive dress worn by each ethnic group, and is a primary aspect of cultural expression and identity in Mexico. Stephanie has lived and traveled in Mexico for over 40 years. She’ll lead us on a virtual historic and present-day journey to learn of the cultural and natural landscapes of Mexico through the narrative of textile traditions, dress, and identity. Her presentation will review aspects of pre-Hispanic dress, Spanish and Asian influences of the Colonial Period, and will explore the tensions between traditional arts, globalization, cultural resistance, evolution, and innovation. With Stephanie’s images and narrative, enjoy a virtual journey through Mexico as seen through its textiles and dress―past and present.

February 10, 2020
“Triumphs and Dilemmas”
AAFG Member Roundtable Discussions
“We should do this more often” was the overwhelming evaluation response to last year’s ‘sharing’ opportunity. Small groups, organized by fiber technique, will allow members to talk about a variety of issues, including successes and failures, development of new skills, and expansion of current skills that will take your art form to a new level.

March 9, 2020
“Weaving by Design”
Kelly Marshall
Kelly Marshall’s textiles are inspired by traditions, from historic patterns to modern abstractions. Color is examined in the detailed blending of the threads, while undulating texture creates visual shadows and tactile pleasure. Created for functional use, her textiles bring beauty to the ordinary and add celebration to everyday living. Kelly will talk about design, rep weave, and the development of a weaving business.

April 13, 2020
Cancelled due to COVID-19

May 11, 2020
“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.

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