Monday, May 9, 2016


Its Tulip time in Holland, time for our annual auction and feast.

We all bring  sewing-crafting type items that we no longer think we
will use.  Then we buy back each others treasures.  Always a fun night.

Getting all our items on the tables, checking things out.

 Finger type foods are ready.  So many good things this year.

Alexa and Jeanne get ready to auction things off.

Lots of vintage magazines.  Really fun to go through.
 I am enjoying my Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot Magazines.

We all wait intently to get a treasure at a good price.

The real treasure of the night is a felted mouse by Suzanne.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Art of Altered Books by Leara Glinzak

Leara was a joy and also very inspiring when talking about "The Art of Altered Books". She is often quite hesitant to talk about how she glues and cuts up books, as some people do not share her passion.  It took her a while to be comfortable with this art, but as she said, it is another way of preserving  books, quite often books that would be discarded anyway. 
She is shown here with her first book.  She often adds a favorite quote or word in a place easily seen.  The quote in this book, "Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.," reminded me of her and all she has accomplished already in her life, both as an artist and as an art therapist.

Some of the techniques she used in her books are Relief Carving, Paper Mache,  and Tape Transfer. 

Leara shows us how to do a tape transfer of a picture from a National Geographic Magazine.  You need a good picture, not ink jet, put clear packing tape over it, rub the tape onto the picture, submerge it in warm water until it begins to curl, carefully rub off the paper, and dry.

She uses Modge Podge to glue the pages together,
one page at a time, after cutting some of the pages
out so the book initially lies flat.

This is a picture of Leara that she did a tape transfer of.

The little house has a light under it.

She used the Tape Transfer method for the Butterflies.

According to Leara altered books involve Transformation, Preservation and Storytelling.

A Celebration

This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild. We celebrated with a special cake.  Jennifer and Alice have been with the Guild since its beginning. We are thankful they got it started and have kept it going all these years.

Show and Tell

Jonetta had three wonderful items for Show and Tell.  This wallhanging
she made by hand dyeing a piece of linen with Indigo Dyes,  Shibori style.  She then handstitched
the quilting type design.

This is some wool that she hand dyed with Pokeberries.

Jonetta knitted this Family book and embroidered the designs.
The inside displays her Hardanger expertise on the corners
of the book.

Jennifer finished her journal cover with lace from her
Godmother that she dyed with Indigo dyes.
Sue took a class in making a handwoven rug using different techniques
all with a Rosepath threading and rag strips for weft.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Leara Glinzak will talk about "The Art of Altered Books" on Wednesday April 6th

 The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next program meeting on Wed., April 6, will feature Leara Glinzak of Lowell on “The Art of Altered Books, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm with social time beginning at 6pm.  Non-members are asked to pay $5 toward the speaker’s fee.

Leara Glinzak will share her journey of working with altered books from struggles with the process to a way of honoring the artistry of books. Highlights will include the steps in prepping a book and a demo of a technique to incorporate mixed media when altering books. Several examples of her books will be available to enjoy that may offer inspiration to others.

Leara Glinzak graduated from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, with a BA in Art Therapy, then received her Master of Science in Art Therapy with a Concentration in Counseling from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. She is currently an Art Therapy Dementia Specialist in the Grand Rapids area working primarily with dementia clients at Clark Retirement Community where she founded and developed the Art Therapy program.

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.  

Saturday, March 5, 2016

"I am an ARTIST" was part of Linda Walburn's daily chant. And indeed she is.

As you can see from Linda's picture she just thoroughly enjoyed talking about her journey to becoming a fiber artist. It was fun to see so many of her wonderful pieces, and how her techniques have evolved over the years.

Please check out her website:

Currently she expresses her art through the art-quilt genre that is reflective of abstract expressionism. The basic definition of abstract expressionism is  "a development of abstract art  aimed at subjective emotional expression with particular emphasis on the creative spontaneous act (e.g., action painting)".
Her methods are screen printing with Procion Dyes, digital printing with an Epson printer and machine stitching.

She also loves to write, has written books and also loves to write poems to reflect her thoughts and feelings at the time.

Following are pictures of her wonderful works of art.

Feb 1997 Her First Quilt


Silk, very labor intensive

2005, Screen printed with inserts

2005 Whole Cloth Printing

2010 digital print of a quilt she sold
2010 Tulips Digital


Flagstaff 2004
All digital, fuse and stitch


Graffiti Series, Lots of small pieces Art Prize Entry

She considers this her Masterpiece.  Also an Art Prize Entry

This is the back of the piece above.

This is her latest piece involving Eco dyeing. Each piece is separate and floppy.  She explained to us how she listens to her fabrics and to things around her before she proceeds with her project.

Following are closeups of her art.

The last few pictures show her edge finishing technique.  She couches yarns or decorative threads along the edges.  Usually using 3 different threads, one on the front, the back and the front again.  A wonderful technique.

Show 'N Tell

Dee  made a wonderful tree journal cover

Dee also made this lovely tree quilted wall hanging using
netting/tulle to keep the small pieces of yellow "leaves"
in place and then stitched over it.

Jennifer showed 3 of 5 postcards she made for the Muskegon Museum
of Art's Postcard Salon.  The other two sold.

One of Jennifer's Postcards.

Two of Jennifer's newer doll designs, Pisces Women.

Jeanne made a great necklace out of wrapped fibers
(sari silk) and beads.
Wendy's almost-finished journal cover, machine embroidered.