Tuesday, September 16, 2014

“Soy Wax Batik” on Wed., Oct. 1, 2015


The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild presents “Soy Wax Batik” on 
Wed., Oct. 1, with Priscilla Lynch and Jennifer Gould at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm.  The door opens at 6pm.  Nonmembers are asked to pay $5 toward speaker’s fees.  

NOTE:  Please bring small pieces (no larger than 10" x 10") of white or light colored smooth fabric (may have printing on it, and does not necessarily have to be cotton or natural fabric).  Nonmembers are asked to pay an additional $3 for demo materials (wax, paint, etc.).  

Batik is an ancient technique in which hot wax is stamped onto fabric to create a patterned resist so that the fabric below the wax remains uncolored when dye/paint is put on the unwaxed areas of the fabric.  Soy wax was developed as an environmentally friendly alternative and easier to use than traditional batik wax.  Guild members Priscilla Lynch and Jennifer Gould will share their experiments with this technique, demonstrate and then participants will be able to try waxing and painting a small piece of fabric. 

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 lakeshorefiberartsguild.blogspot.com or contact jgould1526@gmail.com or 616-878-1526.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

“Twill: The Basics and Beyond” by Martha Town







 The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild presents its first program of the 2014-2015 year on Wed., Sept. 3, with “Twill: The Basics and Beyond” by Martha Town at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm.  The door opens at 6pm.  Nonmembers and guests are asked to donate $5 toward the speaker’s fees. 

A resident of Pittsford, Michigan, near Jackson, Martha Town has been handweaving using twill as a basic weave structure for 30 years.  With many examples of her work on hand and a PowerPoint presentation as illustration, Martha wants attendees to understand basic twill structures and explore the endless possibilities of twill as a “weaving language.”  Martha is a past president of the Michigan League of Handweavers, which meets each summer at Hope College, and she is a member of her local Jackson Handweavers Guild, Cross Borders Guild, and Complex Weavers.


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 lakeshorefiberartsguild.blogspot.com or contact Jennifer Gould at jgould1526@gmail.com or 616-878-1526.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jenny Schu: Beadweaver Extraordinaire

Jenny Schu of East Lansing, MI
Jenny's trademark
beadwoven leaves.

An incredibly delicate beaded glove by Jenny Schu.

Jenny Schu was the guest speaker at the guild meeting on April 2, 2014, and arrived with beautiful pieces of beadwoven jewelry and handwoven wall pieces.  Her PowerPoint presentation and talk illustrated how she began as a child to learn how to bead and weave beads, to studying fiber/textiles at the University of Michigan.  

Her inventiveness is shown by the myriad studies she's done in making an initially flat beadwoven fabric into three dimensions with added 3-D leaves and other shapes.  She is now also working beyond jewelry to beadwoven hangings incorporated into her doubleweave pick-up wall pieces (illustrated in the previous post prior to the meeting).  

An excellent speaker and teacher, she has her work at Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI, and will be teaching at the MLH summer workshops at Hope College, Holland, MI, during August (www.MLHguild.org for workshop info/registration) and at Intercholen Arts Academy this summer.


Jenny Schu's necklaces, bracelets,
and ornamental beadweaving.

Jenny Schu's bangles, bracelets, and wrist cuffs.

Monday, March 17, 2014

“Beadweaving and Weaving, In Progress” by Jenny Schu


 Bangle bracelets
The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild presents “Beadweaving and Weaving, In Progress” by Jenny Schu of East Lansing on April 2 at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm. Door opens at 6pm. Nonmembers and guests are asked to donate $5 toward the speaker’s fees. 

With many examples of her work on hand and a PowerPoint presentation as illustration, Jenny will discuss how her exposure to fiber art at a young age has led her to dive feet first into the fiber world.  She taught herself beadweaving techniques at a young age, which led to her desire to weave and eventually obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Fiber Art.  All of this progress has led Jenny to receiving grants, exhibiting nationally and winning awards.  She currently shows her bead woven jewelry at Grove Gallery in East Lansing and the Lansing Art Gallery in downtown Lansing.

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 lakeshorefiberartsguild.blogspot.com or contact jgould@JenniferGouldDesigns.com or 616-878-1526.

She Can't See the Forest Through the Trees - detail
Panel of Blue Leaves

Monday, February 24, 2014

LFAG March Meeting

 The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild presents “A Brief History of Underwear,” a presentation by Suzanne Eberle, Professor of Art History at Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, on Wed., March 5, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm. Door opens at 6pm. Nonmembers and guests are asked to donate $5 toward speaker’s fees. 

Eberle describes her talk: “Underwear can add a soft layer of comfort and warmth to our daily dress.  But historically underwear also protected expensive outer fashions and, most importantly, shaped both male and female bodies into culturally acceptable ideal figures.” Join us for a fascinating look at the history of under garments by Prof. Eberle whose speciality areas are modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on historical issues relating to the body, including the history of fashion.


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 lakeshorefiberartsguild.blogspot.com or contact jgould@JenniferGouldDesigns.com or 616-878-1526.



Saturday, February 15, 2014

Arashi Shibori Swatches



Here's an image of the fabric that Pris Lynch ironed and photographed for our MLH swatches.  Looks really neat!