Pamela Palma is a life-long artist and designer who works primarily in textiles and fibers. She founded Fantastic Fibers Miami in January 2016 for the purpose of drawing together like minded people who share the passion for textiles.
Her work is exhibited widely in galleries and museums. She shares her love of textiles by teaching others to weave, knit, sew and embroider.
Coming up – our monthly meeting on Saturday June 24 at 2:00. Bring the Fiber Book if you are part of this fun project. We will be making items for the Omni Park Yarn Bombing project so please bring yarn, needles, hooks, etc. These crochet flowers were made by an FFM member. I am inspired!
Saturday June 10 was World Wide Knit in Public Day. Thanks to Perez Art Museum Miami for hosting us for the second year in a row! We did attract a lot of attention! We had experienced knitters, those who hadn’t knitted in ages, and total newbies, as well as visitors from as far away as Beijing and Germany. Kerry Keeler, PAMM’s Education Outreach Manager, surprised us with small looms and bulky yarn. We had lots of fun with them! Our Knit in Public Day was filled with diversity, including the rousing beats of the Jamaican Percussion Ensemble! Thanks everyone for coming out!
Saturday, June 10 is World Wide Knit in Public Day! Join Pamela Palma Designs and Fantastic Fibers Miami at Perez Art Museum Miami from 12 – 5 as we knit along with hundreds of others across the globe for this annual event. Bring your knitting or come to learn a few stitches. FREE Admission to PAMM! FREE particiaption in this international event. Crochet, weave, make lace…all good!
This month we have a treat in store for our Guild. The meeting will start promptlyat 2:00. Bring your fiber book packed and ready to pass to the next person on your list. We have a couple of things to discuss regarding Knit in Public Day, June 10 at PAMM.
Then on to a special event! We have talked about incorporating workshops into our monthly meetings. May 27 we will have a natural dye workshop led by member Veronica Buitron. The meeting is at 2 and workshop at 3; both will be held at Karelle Levy’s shop, Krel Wear, 7520 NE 4th Court, Miami 33138. located at the Ironside complex. Tickets are available through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-natural-dyes-tickets-33758450434?aff=es2
Questions? Reach out to Veronica or Karelle. (I am just the messenger.)
Fantastic Fibers Miami, making the world a better place, one thread at a time.
Fantastic Fibers Miami ~ making the world a better place, one thread at a time!
Fantastic Fibers Miami is a member supported fiber art guild for weavers, knitters, crocheters, stitchers, surface designers, mixed media fiber artists, dyers, printers, felters, and more. We meet on the 4th Saturday of every month at 2:00. Please RSVP! Not a member? Join here.
This month, the 4th Saturday is April 22, 2017. We will begin the knitty gritty for our yarn bombing projects ~ very exciting!
Our Monthly Challenge Project for April has been replaced by the Secret Book Project. If you signed up to participate, bring your complete packet, finished pages and blanks, all wrapped up and ready to pass to the next member on the list. The list has been circulated by email.
Morgan has graciously agreed to lead the Monthly Program.
Fantastic Fibers Miami will meet March 25 at 2:00. Our Challenge Project for March is 3-D. What did you make in 3-D?
Nancy Billings will share tips on photographing fiber art.
We now have 6 committed participants to the Fiber Book Project. If you are new to the party, we are doing a round robin. Details can be had at the meeting. Here are the participants in sequence:
1 Elena/black; 2 Evelyn/Red; 3 Morgan/Magenta;
4 Pamela/Mango; 5 Veronica/Indigo; 6 Bernice/Dusty Rose
From February’s meeting: Each month we have a Challenge Project, proposed by a member. It is designed to get our creative juices flowing – perhaps in a new direction. Last month’s challenge was, “What does February mean to you?”
I did not want to make another heart. I have woven several and I wanted to exercise another aspect of fiber art besides weaving. I found this sample of woven fabric, red and white, in my stash and hand paintd my interpretation of February as the month of Aquarius, the water bearer. I would like to show you what else was prersented at the meeting so if you were there, please photgraph your work and send it to me.
Our Challenge Project for the month of March is 3-D. Make something 3 dimensional and bring it to the meeting. Be sure to photograph your work!
Our Monthly Program presenter for March is Nancy Billings.
Our round robin Fiber Book is underway! We have 5 committed participants and 5 colors. Do you want to intitate a book? Call Pamela for details.
World Wide Knit in Public Day is happening at PAMM on June 10. We will, mercifully, be inside this year! Stay tuned and spread the word.
We meet at 2:00 at Studio 41, Pamela Palma Designs, The Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32 Street. Free parking on the street.
Meeting Agenda – Meet and Greet.
Old Business – 1) Report from Pamela Palma on the Common Field Art Conference. 2) Reminder to document your work for future events, the website, social media. 3) Membership.
Monthly Program – Martha Kent, Tapestry. Each month a member leads the program by showing us and discussing her work. Next month’s (November) volunteer?
Monthly Challenge Project – For anyone – Anything fiber that incorporates elements of nature. Next month’s (November) challenge? Should we build on previous months to create a strong, cohesive body of work?
Ongoing Collab – Fiber Art Mural– Evelyn Politzer will show her addition. Who will be next?
Good and Welfare – Your announcements, accomplishments, shows to enter, ideas for future programs.
We had a full studio at our meeting on September 24, 2016!
Two more people joined the Guild, Nadiya Shulhan, and Nancy Billings. Both women bring exciting work and energy to our group!
Marilyn Griffiths opened the meeting with our Monthly Program by showing us examples of her hand woven fabrics, created over a period of time on a variety of looms, beginning in 1970. Her beautiful work includes samplers woven on a rigid heddle loom to more advanced silk twills woven on table looms and floor looms. Her fabrics are very fine and super soft, perfect for garments. She is currently weaving on a Baby Wolf 4-shaft. Thank you, Marilyn!
Martha Kent has been working on assembling the squares from Knit in Public Day for Lotus House blankets. She has amassed squares for six full blankets! She displayed an adult size work that she has embellished by crocheting around each square for size uniformity, then attaching to each other creating a lovely, color coordinated blanket. Beautiful!
The Monthly Challenge Project for September was “the color green.” Evelyn Politzer created Green Thumb, a very green hand knit thumbprint using multiple knitting techniques. Dorina Scalia was unable to attend but submitted a work entitled, Green, in which she created the word green in the color green using a tapestry technique called worming. Pamela Palma submitted two mixed media weavings, Visit Florida, that incorporate shredded one-hundred dollar bills, hand dyed yarns and tourism maps promoting Tampa Bay. Her works begs the viewer to consider the effect of tourist and corporate dollars on our fragile ecosystem.
Nancy Billings brought three examples of her textile work which she color enhances through dyes, bleach, paint and stitching. Her work launched a discussion about the many mounting techniques we observed in the work by our members. Definitely a topic for a future Monthly Program.
Fiber Art Mural – Beatriz Calderon is working on her portion using colorful felt to depict animals. She showed us her template and we provided her with helpful ideas as this is a new area for her. She will add her work when it is ready. Evelyn took the mural to create her art. Reminder: we do not have a specific deadline or timeline for the mural and participation is voluntary. Those who have created work for the mural are requested to submit a statement about it.
Winding up the meeting, it has been recommended that each member please photo document her work! We would like to have a) a record of our projects; b) access to the images for future purposes (website, exhibitions, proposals, etc.); c) each of us is requested to write a “text panel” about the work: Your Name, Title of Work, Size, Date, Materials, Price. Mabellin volunteered to contact Aurora for the earliest documentation in pdf and to extract the images for the Guild.
October 29 is our next meeting: Monthly Challenge: Fiber Art that incorporates elements of nature in the work. Be sure to photograph and write about your work! Monthly Program: Martha Kent – Tapestry.