– The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next meeting will be on Wed., April 5, featuring Lauren Strach on “Subtraction and Addition: Using Discharge and Indigo Dyeing to Create Works of Art,” at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting promptly at 6:30pm with social time beginning at 6pm. Non-members are asked to pay $5 toward the speaker’s fee.
A St. Joseph resident, master gardener and former college professor, Lauren Strach’s large quilts have the mysterious aura of the garden and wild plants. She uses recycled fabrics that have been intentionally distressed and then hand sewn together in the boro tradition.
The fabrics have been made with several processes, beginning with the removal of color through discharge. Additionally, many of the pieces have been over-dyed with indigo. Her quilts utilize many of the latest mixed media techniques, including hand-dyeing, discharge, painting on fabric and embroidery. Her presentation will be a trunk show of her latest work. Strach refers to this technique as "Boho Boro," as she often incorporates recycled fabrics in her work.
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 http://lakeshorefiberartsguild.blogspot.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-878-1526.