Saturday, May 23, 2015

LFAG Auction, May 13, 2015

Preparing for the auction.

The auction brings members together for lots of fun talk,
visiting, sharing and someone's junk becomes someone
else's treasures!

Auction items arranged on tables.  All proceeds go to the
guild's programming budget.

Alexa Urquhart, right, is the auctioneer.  Members begin
to assemble while Alexa looks over items.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Susan Moran's recent work inspired by nature

Susan Moran holding her grandmother's
tablecloth with appliqued fabrics covering
spots and stains
Susan Moran inspired us so much with her work which involves a lot of shibori stitching, especially ori-nui (most illustrated in her Rose Hips piece seen below) as well as dyeing with indigo and other natural dyes and layering of fabrics.

Rose Hips

Close-up of Rose Hips illustrating
ori-nui stitching.

Milk Weed Seed Pod

Closeup of Milk Weed Seed Pod

Jennifer Gould's new doll.

Another new doll
of Jennifer's.
Jennifer Gould's Wild Face #5
postcard done for the Muskegon
Museum of Art's Postcard Salaon

Jennifer Gould also showed her newest work, fabric collages.

Prise Lynch's PhotoShopped
and digitally printed self-
portrait on fabric.

Another "self-portrait" piece, this one an
enlargement of her thumb print.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Susan Moran speaks on ”Recent Work Inspired by Nature and Textile Traditions”

Large Purple Pod by Susan Moran

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next program will feature Susan Moran of Ann Arbor talking about her ”Recent Work Inspired by Nature and Textile Traditions” on Wed., April 1, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm.  Non-members are asked to pay $5 toward the speaker’s fee. 

Susan Moran is a textile artist whose work incorporates shibori, silkscreen, and stitching to create work inspired by the natural world and common human experiences.

She has been a faculty member of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit since 1986. Commissions include textiles for the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, United Technologies Automotive, and the Michigan Horticultural Society. In 2007 she was awarded a grant from the national Surface Design Association for travel to Florence Italy, to research Renaissance Italian silks and velvets. In 2012 she was Artist-in-Residence at Maker Works Ann Arbor, exploring laser cutting on fabric. She is represented by River Gallery in Chelsea, Michigan.

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild invites anyone interested in the textile fiber arts to their monthly program meetings held the first Wednesday of each month at the Holland Area Arts Council.
April Bloodroot by Susan Moran

Jane Ewing on 'Calligraphy as Fine Art'

"The Raven," a book based on Edgar Allan Poe's poem.

How to Grow Clouds

The piece that she and a group of women from the Pendragons
Calligraphy group had in ArtPrize 2014.

Dyeing the deer hide in Brazilwood.

Stapling the dyed deer hide down so it would not buckle
or shrink too much.

Each person had a specific part of the piece to do.

Jane Ewing

Jane demonstrating calligraphy with pens at the guild meeting.

After an incredible presentation by Jane Ewing and the business meeting, we had only one person who had things to show, Pris Lynch.  Pris had just returned from a month in Palm Spring, California, and had taken numerous classes at a local bead shop.  The following bracelets are all of her treasures she made.

Pris also showed her quilted self-portrait, again, for those
working on a piece for the guild's display at the MLH

Monday, February 16, 2015

“Calligraphy as Fine Art” by Jane Ewing

Jane Ewing's postcard of Oscar Wilde saying, 2013

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next program will feature Jane Ewing of Grand Haven on “Calligraphy as Fine Art” on Wed., March 4, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm.  Non-members are asked to pay $5 toward the speaker’s fee. 

Ewing says, “I am dedicated to building an awareness of calligraphy as fine art… It is taking on new dimensions in current thinking, and lettering artists are more often seeing their work in galleries and museums.  It is no longer an independent, elusive form of art.  Today it is fine art and must be viewed and judged with the best of contemporary art.”

The First Place winner of the 2014 MI Arts: All Michigan All Media Visual Arts Competition” for her piece, “In the Company of Ravens,” held at the Holland Area Arts Council, Jane Ewing earned her bachelor degree from Western Michigan University and master degree from Wright State University in Ohio.  She has been practicing the art of calligraphy for a span of twenty years.  Her works are based on both traditional and abstract calligraphy.

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild invites anyone interested in the textile fiber arts to their monthly program meetings held the first Wednesday of each month at the Holland Area Arts Council.  For more information, visit the guild’s blog at or contact or 616-878-1526.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Our Guild's MLH Display at Conference, June 5-7

"Self-Portraint in

"Self-Portraits: 7th, 8th, 9th Grades" by Jennifer Gould;
photo transfer to muslin using mending tape
Acetone photo transfer on knit fabric; changed
into old face with Micron fine tip black pen;
by Jennifer Gould

The group of 8 (Jeanne Emery, Wendy Rice, Jan Coray, Sue Vegter, Arlene Tiemeyer, Sherry Sirko, Jonetta Brown and Jennifer Gould) who made it into the meeting on Feb. 4, in spite of the awful weather, loved Pris Lynch's ideas, especially the self-portraits.  Pris had also mentioned fabric books and mapmaking.  There were some of us that loved the idea of combining all of these ideas.  So, we decided that our primary theme for the guild display is that each member (who wants to be involved) uses the theme of self-portrait.  At this point, it can be combined in any way with any other idea, such as books or mapmaking, that get you thinking.

The next step is to brainstorm and come to the March 4 meeting with lots of your ideas.  Brainstorming means that you make a list (and drawings, too?) of every possible idea you have, no matter how crazy or irrational (or fattening, or expensive) it is.  Sometimes these wild ideas produce combinations of techniques and processes that are what you really want.  Remember, you want to do something that pushes your boundaries of what you're doing right now and challenges you to move into a new area. (That's the theme of the entire conference.)  It will feel uncomfortable at first--- new and different always does and we are always our own worst critic.  If there is a technique, idea/thought, or area of your life that you've wanted to explore but haven't had the time or impetus before, this could be it!

In doing self-portrait work, remember, too, that it doesn't have to be literal but can be comical, fanciful, abstract, a rendition of child's drawing like Pris' needle-felted drawing.  It can also be of who you want to be (the Goddess of Wisdom), you on your favorite trip/outing (dressed in kimono).  It can be about a time in your life, your favorite pictures of yourself with your family/friends/pets, etc.  It doesn't have to be of your face either.

Come to the March 4 meeting with lots and lots of ideas but, especially, your favorites so we can begin to figure out what the display will look like.  If some pieces will be 3-D and freestanding, we'll need different display pieces (pedestals?) than if everyone's work is flat/2-D and maybe it can all be put on a wall.  Maybe we'll need to ask everyone to make their work a maximum of a certain size.  We'll see. Come with ideas!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Disperse Dyes on Synthetic Fabric by Jennifer Gould, and SDA Swatch Collection

Jennifer holds a wildly patterned and pleated polyester
fabric commercially dyed with disperse dyes.

President Jeanne Emery holds the
disperse dyed/printed transfer paper
while Jennifer holds the printed fabric.

This picture and the one below illustrate one of the techniques:
holes were cut out of the white paper, fabric of the green poly
was pulled up through the holes, and transfer paper ironed
over the scrunched fabric.  Then holes were  cut from a red
sheet of transfer paper (see below) and that paper was printed
on the green fabric.

The "holey" red transfer paper was printed onto white poly.
The red holes were then randomly placed on the fabric and
a blue transfer paper was printed over the red holes.  The
holes were then moved and blue paper printed again, and again.
Crayon rubbings on paper (will then be printed on fabric).

Printed and painted paper before printing on fabric.

The 9 colors that were available:  magenta, orange, red,
yellow, blue, purple/violet, turquoise, mixed greens, black.

Pris Lynch showed us her fused fabric landscape pieces,
which all fit into a fabric book.  Gorgeous work!

Pris Lynch also showed us this tapestry woven self-
portrait she did.  She suggested we consider doing self-
portraits as our MLH guild exhibit theme.

Arlene Tiemeyer wove this leash band.

Jeanne Emery knit her cowl scarf,
shortening it from the pattern so it didn't
hang down in front but just wrapped
around her neck and secured with a button.


Kathy DeRock, Belgium
Disperse dyed sheer polyester