Thursday, February 17, 2011

How To Wear Kimono ..... March Meeting News!

How To Wear Kimono
Mayumi Balfour
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
6:30 Social Time, 7:00 Business Meeting and Program
Holland Area Arts Council

Would you like to be dressed in kimono?  On March 2, Mayumi Balfour will show us how.
           Mayumi Balfour was born in Akita City in Japan. After graduating from Kanagawa University with a BA in English, and working in the Tokyo and Yokohama metropolitan areas, Mayumi came to the US.
She moved to Wyoming, Michigan and was involved in Grand Rapids Sister Cities International, Japanese Heritage Society and Japan America Society of West Michigan to support the local Japanese community and to improve the understanding of Japanese and American cultures. Mayumi has helped organize numerous Japan-related events around Grand Rapids.
Currently she is hosting J-chat, a Japanese Conversation and Social time at Schuler Bookstore on Alpine to provide a meeting opportunity to anyone interested in Japanese culture and language on every 3rd Monday of the month.  Mayumi works for Sunhill America, a member of Sunhill Global, begun in Japan, it now has offices in the US, China, and Europe.

At our meeting, two people can be dressed in the full kimono and obi and up to ten people can be dressed in the cotton yukata and smaller obi.  It doesn’t matter how short, tall, wide or narrow you are.  What does matter is letting Jennifer ( know by Monday, February 28 if you would like to be one of the lucky ones wearing kimono or yukata.  If so, please come dressed simply and in layers so you can peel.  A tank top—no collars—and something on the bottom, of course!

A Message from our President—Jennifer Gould
Our long, long winter, I think, is almost over.  There may be more snow (and ice) but I've noticed in past springs that the robins arrive in my subdivision by March 15, then there's another snowstorm, but somewhere by mid-April melting of snow and green grass appears.  I've even noticed that the maple trees in my yard, anyway, have buds.  I hope your January and February were times of creativity, exploration and production which we'll see at our April meeting of MLH Conference info/discussion and SHOW 'N TELL.

For March, our continuation of kimono will be exciting as Mayumi Balfour will dress many women in kimono.  This should be a lot of fun!  In May, we will have a field trip to our member Suzanne Jenkins' studio in Saugatuck and learn about knitting machines and all her work with fiber.  I have tentatively scheduled an Indigo Dye Day for Sat., May 7.  Come on March 2 with lots of ideas and enthusiasm for spring
programs and plans for 2011-2012.

·    April 6 – MLH Conference Preview and Show ‘n Tell:  We’ll discuss the August MLH workshops and conference and plan our Guild’s exhibit.  For Show ‘n Tell, bring what you’ve been working on in the last six months and share the fun of your experimentation and exploration with us!

·    May 4:  Field trip to Suzanne Jenkins’ studio in Saugatuck and her talk about knitting machines and her fiber work.

·    Saturday, May 7:  Indigo Dye Day at Jennifer Gould’s home

Not yet a member of the Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild?  We’re a small, friendly group, and we welcome new members whatever the fiber medium and level of expertise.

Our Guild is a member of the Michigan League of Handweavers, although few of us are active weavers.  In addition to weaving, our members’ interests include spinning, dyeing, dollmaking, sewing, quilting, knitting, surface design, papermaking, lampwork beadmaking, and bead embroidery.  We enjoy learning from each other, and we would love to learn from and with you.

We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, September through December and March through June at the Holland Area Arts Council.  Social time and sharing is at 6:30pm, with the formal meeting and presentation at 7:00.  In the late spring or summer, we often have an outside, messy, and very much fun activity day, such as indigo dyeing or discharge.

Dues are $30 per year, September through August.  Guests may attend a meeting by paying a $5.00 guest fee at meetings when there is a paid speaker.

If you are not a member, this will likely be your last full newsletter from the Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild.

So take action now!  Complete the attached membership form and mail it to our treasurer, Jan Koster, or bring it to the March 2 meeting.
  Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild       

Member Information


Please fill out this form and give or mail your dues, along with this form to:

Jan Koster,    990 Post Avenue,     Holland, MI    49424          (616) 399-0911



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Dues are $30 per year, September through August.

Guests may attend a meeting by paying a $5.00 guest fee at meetings when there is a paid speaker.

For more information about the Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild, contact Jennifer Gould at