Monday, August 24, 2015

Martha Brownscombe talks about "Parts of Trees"

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s first meeting of their program year will feature Martha Brownscombe of East Lansing talking about her recent exhibit of hand weavings called ”Parts of Trees” on Wed., Sept. 2, 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. 

Much of Martha Brownscombe’s work incorporates natural materials with weaving. She will talk about where her ideas originate and how she integrates them into her work.  She will also lead the audience in a hands-on project related to found sticks.  Her “Parts of Trees” exhibit was held at the Lansing Art Gallery in June-July.

Brownscombe has an undergraduate and graduate degree in textile design and has been a weaver and fiber artist for more than 40 years.  She has long been deeply involved in local, state and national organizations supporting fiber arts.  She has exhibited her work in a many galleries and institutions, and has won numerous awards over the years. “I have been attracted to textiles for my entire life.  One of my passions is to learn about the textiles of other cultures.  I spent some time in Africa as a student, an experience that started a lifetime journey of travel and collecting textiles.”   Over the years Martha has curated and co-curated a number of textile exhibits at the Michigan State University Museum, such as “Rags, Rugs and Weavers,” “Textile Treasures” and “Fascination with Fiber.”  Martha has served on the East Lansing arts commission for 10 years.  Presently she is a member of Grove Gallery Studios in East Lansing, and maintains a studio in East Lansing and Chicago.

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.



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:
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


SHOW 'N TELL:
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
conference.

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