Archive for February, 2012

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Call for Entries in Western New York
FibreArts Initiative III
Show runs April 4th – 28th
Opening Reception Thursday April 12th,5-7:30pm
‘Fourth Fridays at the Tri-Main’ April 27th,5-8pm
Featuring the diverse artwork of independent fibre artists whose workincludes weaving, contemporary quilting, thread painting, felt making, needlefelting, beading, embellishment, papermaking, hand painted, printed ordyed/discharged fabrics, fibre jewelry, digital printworks, fibre/mixed mediacollage, 3D sculptural design, highly stylized ‘art dolls’, and so MUCH more.
Location: Impact Artists Gallery, suite 545 at the Tri-Main Center2495Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 Use the rear entrance and freeparking on Halbert Street.
Gallery viewing hours this show are 11am – 4pm Wed – Sat. (extended)
Additionally you can view this yearsartwork and archived ‘July 2010’ and ‘April 2011’ for past years shows
Secure a prospectus on their blog or on their Facebook or pickup one at the gallery or send a SASE to the galleryor email prcontact.impactartistgallery@gmail.com for one.

Classes in Cheshire, New York

Joan Morriswill be in Cheshire, New York, June 22-26, 2012 to teach:

Shibori and Natural Dyes.
This is a classdescription for a 5 day class in shaped-resist dyeing using natural dyes,including indigo, woad, a variety of natural dye extracts, madder root,cochineal bugs, and walnut galls. This class is geared towards studentsat various levels of experience; from the beginner to those with prior experienceand a desire to expand their vocabulary, experiment, sharpen skills and gaingreater control of materials. All levels are welcome in this class. The beginner can expect to learn 10- 12 forms of shaped-resist (shibori),while they gain knowledge of mordanting with alum, and dyeing with the abovementioned natural dye stuffs. New to my classes will be the addition of awoad dyebath, a process at once similar to and different from indigo dyeing. As they are available, new natural dye extracts will be added to thematerials we’ll use in class (e.g. coreopsis extract). Colorshifting (with ammonia, vinegar and iron) presents additional colorpossibilities for each of the dyestuffs we’ll use. For those with priorexperience, bring images of your work, or actual pieces, includingwork-in-progress, if you would like to engage in a dialog about possibledirections that your work could take. Please note that this is a forumfor making samples, experimenting, and making small pieces. It will notbe possible to dye large yardages in this setting.

See Joan Morris’s website to learn more about her work : http://www.joanmorrisartist.com.

September 5-7, 2012 Lisa Klakulak will teach a felting class, also in Cheshire New York.

A NaturallyDyed Palette for Surface Design: Patterning and Imagery with Partial Felts
Natural dyeingof wool fleece necessitates a cautious approach, especially working with Merinowool, so that fibers don’t mat in the processes prior to intentional felting. Experience an alternative technique Klakulak uses to create a broadpalette of naturally dyed partial felt for application in surface patterningand image articulation. Learn her strategies for layout, ideal amounts of waterand soap and the type of agitation for making quality felt as well as thedifferences between wet felted partial felt and needle felted pre-felt. Aftercreating partially felted sheets of wool fleece in a gradation of the wool’snatural colors, mordant and over-dye with the most light-fast natural materialsand dye extracts: Cochineal, Madder, Weld, Indigo and Walnut. The dyed sheetsof felt will then be cut and arranged on a background of loose fleece to createvarious patterning effects and recognizable imagery that can be applied to theparticipants future felt projects or fulled and finished for wall display.

See Lisa’s website for more information on her work : http://www.strongfelt.com

ContactSara Burnett for more information and sign up for the class: sjburnett@frontiernet.net

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Textile Study Group of New York:

The Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY) is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year with two member exhibitions on view in NYC.

The first is “Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber” at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery, which has been extended through April 1st. 56 Artists are represented at this show juried by Rebecca Stevens, curator of contemporary textiles at the Textile Museum in Washington DC.

The second is “9x9x3: New Visions” which is at the Durst Building Lobby Gallery, 1155 Ave of the Americas, through March 2nd. This exhibition has been juried by Janet Kaplos, former senior editor at Art in America. This exhibition will be closing soon, so please go check it out!

Also check out TSGNY on Facebook, their blog, and their website.

Elaine Longtemps:

SDA Member, Elaine Longtemps, has a very large work on display at World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in the TSGNY Exhibition “Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber”, hosted by Brookfield Properties. Her piece “Extension/Velocity” was selected by Brookfield Properties for their publicity and banners for the show. 

The Courtyard Gallery is located at 200 Vesey Street. The gallery hours are noon to 4:00 daily, except Mondays. The show opened on December 6, 2011, and as mentioned above, has been extended to April 1, 2012.

106″h x 72″w x 3″d

Another work of Longtemps, “Corkgun”, will be on view in the exhibition “Made in NY 2012” at the Schweinfurth in Auburn, NY from March 31 to May 20, 2012.
The opening for that exhibition will be on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 3-5 pm.

View more of Elaine Longtemps’ work on her website.

Deborah Bein:

SDA Member Deborah Bein, of Poughkeepsie, New York, is honored to be awarded the Founder’s Award in the current online exhibit at the Infinity Art Gallery, “Lay of the Land: The Terrain of the 21st Century.”
Oh Say Can You Cell
mixed media on fiber

“…Deborah Bein’s ‘Oh Say Can You Cell’ poetically uses the quilt totell a modern story about the fabric of our communities and how we are graspingfor connectivity in a time when we do not sit together and talk while our handsare busy working toward a unified goal.  Rather, there is loss,disconnection, fragmentation, and a landscape littered with the evidence of ourdesires.”
            -Charly Swing
            Founder, Infinity Art Gallery
            (Quote used directly from InfinityArt Gallery’s website)

The exhibit can be viewed online until March 1st, 2012.
You can also view more of Deborah Bein’s work on her art blog.

Thank you everyone for the updates and I can’t wait to hear what’s next!

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We’re Back!

Hello Everyone!

The blog is back in action and we can’t wait to hear from you about what’s happening in the Fiber / Textile communities of New York State.


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