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.

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.” davidowenhastings.com

* 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. kdhampton.com

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.
artbynatalya.com

* 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, 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! www.carolmilne.com

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. https://vpostrel.com/the-fabric-of-civilization

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. A member-to-member breakout room chat session will follow.
Images from the 2019 Village Theater at Cherry Hill AAFG Member Exhibit (l-r): Linda Girard; Irmgard Gruber; Cindy Harris

Monday, March 8, 2021
TBA

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
TBA

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