Austin Fiber Artists


Stretched Threads – Copper Shade Tree Gallery

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 is coming soon. Hope you are getting your entries started. Online entry opens August 1, 2017. Objective: To promote and educate the general population in the diversity of fiber art. This exhibit will showcase the variety of fiber art and the depth of talent in the surrounding fiber community. Each piece of artwork is unique and represents the distinct voice of each artist. Juror: Selection committee Eligibility: Current members of the Austin Fiber Artists (AFA) and non-members may enter three (3) pieces of art for this selected show. Artwork must be original and completed after January 1, 2015, and not have been part of a previous Austin Fiber Artists Exhibit. 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” depth. Any questions, contact Sherri Lipman McCauley at sherri.L@mccauley.net...
South March Meeting – Bev Pedersen on Art Critiques

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

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...
South January Meeting- SAORI with Laura Poll

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...
December South Meeting – Annual End-of-Year Party

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

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...