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‘Stretched Threads’

‘Stretched Threads’, an Austin Fiber Artists Exhibit to be shown at the Copper Shade Tree and Fine Home Galleries, 102 Schumann Lane, Round Top, Texas 78954 from October 25-November 11, 2017. Each piece must be primarily of textiles, but may incorporate other materials. Gallery restrictions dictate that all entries must be mounted on a stretched canvas, 12”x12” with 1.5” sides. Online entry open August 1-September 15,...

‘Celebrating Fiber’

‘Celebrating Fiber’, an Austin Fiber Artists Exhibit to be shown at the Austin Jewish Community Center, Dell Campus, Austin, Texas from December 4, 2017-January 15, 2018. Call for work will be for large wall hung fiber pieces. Online entry dates to be determined. Exhibit to be hung at Shalom Austin (formerly the Jewish Community Association of Austin) – on the Dell Jewish Community Campus at 7300 Hart Lane, Austin, Texas...

May South Meeting – Marbling with Silvia Sarinen

San Antonio fiber artist Silvia Sarinen will demonstrate how to marble paper and fabric.  She will explain how to set up the thickened water on which the dyes float, and how to prepare the fabric and papers to accept the dyes.  We will have the opportunity to try it for ourselves, as...

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...