Austin Fiber Artists


Round Rock Meetings - AFA North!

My town hall meetings are with friends and neighbors, fellow Americans. We engage. —Sheila Jackson Lee

AFA Now Meets Monthly in Round Rock!

The Northern Satellite meeting is held on the second Tuesday of the month in Round Rock.  AFA members are welcome to attend either or both meeting(s).
Meet in the Art Room of the Baca Center at 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.  There is parking under the building toward the back. There is an elevator to the ground floor. There is also parking on Bagdad, and the entrance is on the EAST side of Baca.  Note: the McConico building is located EAST of Baca, to help give a sense of direction.

September 2017 – Amy Nelson leads a mini-workshop on simple monoprinting on fabric or paper.

October 2017 – Art quilt trunk show and talk by Sherri McCauley.

November 2017 – TBD

December 2017 – End of the year party at the Baca Center!  Refreshments and fiber arts gift exchange, socialize with other artists, talk about the productive year.

Northern Meeting History

August 2017 – Dye discharge activity-  We made patterns on darker colored cotton cloth by discharging the dye using a bleach solution. AFA provided Tshirts on which to practice the technique.

July 2017 – How To Photograph Artwork–  Amy Nelson showed us how to set up lights, camera and backdrop to photograph artwork.  These skills are necessary for good quality art show submission pictures.

June 2017 – NO MEETING– the north group journeyed south to party south at Holy Cross Lutheran

May 2017 – Accidental Landscapes Demo and Activity- Marie Welsh taught an “accidental landscapes” activity, where we used layers of fabrics that suggested terrain and skies to create applicqued landscape vistas.

April 2017 – Beth Nelson shares her fiber arts journey, bringing works done in various media to share with us.  She is currently a prolific quilter, but she didn’t start out there…..

March 2017- Painting with Dye Demo– Beverly Pedersen showed how she paints with dye on stretched silk fabric.

February 2017 – Fiber Art Name Badges – We had fun playing with fiber and making name badges for use at meetings.

January 2017 Metaphoric Zentangles with Donna Bone- we learned about the relaxing drawing technique of zentangles

December 2016 No meeting in Round Rock! The southern group hosts the year-end party.

November 2016 Speaker had to cancel but group shared their experiences at Houston’s quilt show.

October 2016 Sara Sharp: Using Unusual Tools to Make Marks- a shopping spree in the hardware store yielded wonderful artist’s tools! Sara showed us how she used them.

September 2016 Juliann Krute led a color theory/color play activity. We experimented with blending colors through pointillism.

August 2016 Lynne Brotman demonstrated deconstructive screen printing on fabric. We enjoyed a vivid demonstration of silk screening that took full advantage of the Baca art facilities (the sinks!)

July 2016 Ismael Cavazos – Pareidolia and Scribblism. Ismael Cavazos spoke on how he creates scribble patterns and colors in areas to create recognizable images. We had a chance to try it ourselves.

June 2016 PARTY IN ARTSPACE! The southern meeting group joined the northern group to hold an open house. Members wore their favorite piece of fiber art, socialized while playing fiber bingo, and had fun creating quilt squares using shiva oil stick crayons.

May 2016 We tried out a variety of hands-on activities with great results- fiber cloth, fusing, paper beadmaking.

April 2016 Lori Bier showed examples of belly dance costuming and explained the construction and embellishment of these highly glamour-engineered garments.

March 2016 Marie Welsch spoke about techniques for painting on fabric.   Attendees saw a sample of Marie’s work and explored using paints and various methods of applying paint and texture

February 2016 Marinda Stewart showed her beautiful punchneedle work and explained the history of the craft.

January 2016 Meghan Jones of the Breast Cancer Resource Center showed slides of wearable art from Art Bra Austin, a great way to combine fiber arts and charity.

December 2015 No meeting- the northern group joined the southern group for an end-of-the-year party and white elephant exchange.

November 2015 Juliann Krute led a mini-workshop on decorating folding silk fans with various media- inks, dyes, pencils, stamps…

October 2015 Dale Ricklefs led a mini-workshop on how to use oil-based paint sticks on cloth for surface design. We achieved rich results on sample blocks of fabric.

September 2015 Mini-workshop to make charming needle felted little pumpkins, for use as pin cushions or decorations, sponsored by Living Felt of Dripping Springs.

August 2015 Amy Nelson shared her lovely handmade dolls and spoke about learning the craft.

July 2015 Kick-off meeting: attendees were surveyed for their interests and suggestions for future meetings.

September North Meeting – Simple Monoprinting

In September Amy Nelson will lead us in using simple monoprinting techniques using both paper and fabric.  If you have them, bring your brayer and pallet, some line drawings or stencils and the fabric or paper that you’d like to enhance.  Oh, and an apron, too.  The paints and printing plates and other supplies will be there for you to use.  Should be fun and productive- see you...

August North Meeting – Dye Discharge

We’ll be using a bleach solution to discharge the dye from cotton fabrics, either by squirting or spraying.  Tshirts will be available to practice on, or bring your own cotton clothes or fabrics.  The above shirt was made by spraying bleach onto a scrunched up black T...

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...

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...