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.