Austin Fiber Artists


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The Fiber Artist's Way Back Machine

May- Aug 2017: Packed with Color Show At ABIA Airport

The Austin Fiber Artists return to the Austin airport, this time in a front-and-center spot; the glass displays on the main terminal.  We are accepting 3D works until April 15- the show runs May 22-August 31, 2017. See more info at the on-line entry site...

Workshop March 17: Painting Dye on Silk- Bev Pedersen

Painting with Dye on Silk Workshop a Fun Success!   The eleven students in the dye painting workshop got a full dose of fun and information from Beverly Pedersen on March 17th.  If people weren’t wearing their St. Patrick’s green when they came into the room, there was enough of any bright color to cover them when they left. Beverly explained how to prepare the silk, mix the dyes and achieve different techniques, then let the class explore the color.  Students painted silk on freezer paper, silk stretched on frames, and used leftover dye to scrunch-dye fabric in plastic bags as part of cleanup.   Fun was had by all- just look at the smiles! Beverly, an artist from the pacific northwest, has been painting and teaching since she was a teen.  She has studied in art institutes in Pittsburgh, London, Paris and with artists in the San Francisco bay area and in...

Author Stephen Yafa Speaks!

Stephen Yafa is coming to Austin to speak. Versatile author Stephen Yafa has written, produced and directed in a wide range of formats. His book “Big Cotton” explains “how a humble fiber created fortunes, wrecked civilizations, and put America on the map”. His most recent book, Grain of Truth, explores our addiction to food fads and separates out fact from fiction about wheat and gluten—the latest victims of overwrought health-related hyperbole. In both books, he traces the history of these commodities by describing how they changed how we live, contrasting the rewards we’ve gained with the price we’ve paid as we’ve perfected our ability to commercialize plants for the general population from field to factory to consumer. In addition to his non-fiction, Stephen has written screenplays for MGM, Columbia, Paramount and other major Hollywood studios. As a young novelist he wrote Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course, and as a playwright his work has been produced nationally at theaters including ACT in San Francisco, the Magic Theater, and on public television, among other venues; as a magazine writer he has been a frequent contributor to Playboy and magazines that include Details, American Heritage and Rolling Stone. He also created and edited the online weekly wine magazine, Uncorked, for Nomad Editions in New York, and contributed the lead story in the recent non-fiction book, Adventures in Wine from Travelers Tales.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, with an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon, he is married with three grown children and lives in Marin County, CA. Come hear about this fascinating fiber and socialize with fiber friends. Reception afterwards! RESERVE SEATS...

South March Meeting – Bev Pedersen on Art Critiques

Ever wonder what an art jurist is looking for or at? Washington silk artist Beverly Pedersen will talk about how to analyze artwork to determine strengths and weaknesses in order to make the work the best it can be. Bring a work-in-progress and hear some constructive feedback. About Bev: “Experimentation is not a form of art, it is a way of living!” Bev was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and studied art at the Pittsburgh Art Institute.  Then, in 1960, she moved to Palto Alto, California, where she studied with noted artists, Robert E. Wood, Jane Burnham, Jade Fon and Don Louthian.  She spent 1972 exploring Paris and studied at the Cass School of Art in London, focusing on anatomy and figure drawing.  In 1975, Pedersen found herself living in the Northwest where she opened a studio gallery in Federal Way, Washington.  Painting was set aside for family from 1979 through 1991, when she returned to painting and concentrated on watercolors and teaching until she discovered fiber reactive dyes on silk, which is her current preferred medium.  Beverly paints in oils, watercolors, acrylics and dyes on silk. Teaching art also doubles the...

North March Meeting – Bev Pedersen Silk Painting Demo

Washington silk artist Beverly Pedersen will demonstrate how she uses dyes to paint silk, achieving vivid watercolor-like images. She will lecture on design elements as she creates for us. You’ll learn about how to stretch the fabric and set the dyes after the image is created, but mostly you’ll have fun with an up-beat, positive...

February Meeting – Destash Sale + Make Fiber Art Name Badges

At both the north and south meetings, lots going on! Too many supplies? Tired of an old project? Studio or workspace out of control? Need more space for new supplies? Then clean out your studio and bring extra or unwanted supplies to sell at the next meeting. Please let us know if you will be needing a table. We will be making custom name badges. AFA will provide materials for you to use to create a cool name badge. AFA will also provide members names printed onto fabric to incorporate into your badges. Feel free to bring special items or materials for embellishments. Please let us know if you want your name printed on...

South January Meeting- SAORI with Laura Poll

Come hear weaver Laura Poll speak on the Saori art form. What is Saori? SAORI is a contemporary hand-weaving philosophy. SAORI is completely intuitive. There are no patterns to follow, no guidelines to abide by. Through the creative use of colors, textures, and materials, SAORI practitioners are encouraged to express themselves through their work, without fear of making mistakes or pressure to conform to the expectations of others. SAORI is accessible to everyone, regardless of age, gender, skill-level, or physical ability. By using the most basic of weaving structures as a foundation, practitioners can begin weaving and creating within minutes of sitting at the loom. Each SAORI weaving is one-of-a-kind, as unique as the person who made it, and should be considered a work of art. The following slogans represent the SAORI philosophy and way of living. Consider the differences between a machine and a human being Be bold and adventurous Look out through eyes that shine Inspire one another, and everyone in the group About the speaker: Laura Poll is a textile artist and SAORI practitioner. She is a certified SAORI instructor and her studio is a member of the SAORI Global Network. She was introduced to SAORI in New York City, where she studied the SAORI philosophy under the guidance of Yukako Satone and members of her studio. Laura brings over 500 hours of in-studio, hands-on SAORI experience and training to her studio practice. She has also received extensive instruction and training in Osaka, Japan. She is recognized by the governing body that certifies SAORI instructors in Japan, a unique honor that few instructors outside of Asia...

North January Meeting – Metaphoric Zentangles with Donna Bone

Zentangles are meditative doodles that can have designs or use repetitive patterns to fill available spaces. Donna Bone will show us her versions of them and lead us in a hands-on session. Bring a soft lead pencil, a fine tipped pen (.01), and any cards that you want to decorate. There will be paper to practice...

December South Meeting – Annual End-of-Year Party

Time to celebrate another wonderful year full of fiber arts! We’ll have sweet and savory things to nibble while we socialize. We’ll have a gift exchange: wrap up a little fiber arts something; either one of your finished pieces or some intriguing materials. Enjoy yourself at the last meeting in...

Tea Party – Friday Afternoon Dec 9

Stop in for a cup of tea or coffee along with something sweet. Rest your feet between shopping excursions. Bring friends, bring a project to keep your hands busy. Poke through the donation table and see if something inspires you. Friday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30, just for fun. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4622 S Lamar. Spread the...