September Meeting News

Evelyn Politzer, Green Thumb
Evelyn Politzer, Green Thumb

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.

See you all on October 29!

 

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FANTASTIC FIBERS MIAMI MEETING NEWS

Dorina Scalia, Sorrow
Dorina Scalia, Sorrow

Fun with Fiber!

Fantastic Fibers Miami meets September 24, 2016 at 2 PM

Welcome to the first full season of the Guild! Our focus is on creating with fiber. This month’s Challenge Project is the COLOR GREEN. Members are encouraged to push their creativity using any fiber medium, any style, any size, as long as the work is the color green. We are compiling bodies of work for future purposes so please remember to photograph your work!

Monthly Program – Marilyn Griffiths will show and discuss her work.

Fiber Mural – Beatriz Calderon has added her work to this on-going, and growing, group project. She will talk about her contribution. Who is next?

We will wrap up with any exciting news, announcements – Are you exhibiting? Part of an event? Share with us!

In August, Dorina Scalia led the Monthly Challenge with her contribution, hand woven tapestry, Sorrow, pictured above, to reflect the political climate. Evelyn Politzer showed her hand knit work, Broken Glass; Pamela Palma showed her woven art, Give Peace a Chance and Enaray.

Please sign up to be a presenter for our monthly program. We have an opening in November and several in 2017.

Fantastic Fibers Miami meets at 2:00 at Pamela Palma Designs, Studio 41 at the Bakehouse, 561 NW 32 Street. Miami 33127. Free Parking! 786-897-8856

 

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July 30, 2016 Meeting Recap

August 1, 2016
Members of Fantastic Fibers Miami met yesterday, July 30, at the cozy studio of Pamela Palma Designs int the Bakehouse Art Complex. We set a schedule of monthly programs for the coming year. We now have programs for 4 months and lots of openings. See the full list on the Meetings Page MONTHLY PROGRAMS.
Do you have a technique to share? A discussion to lead? Email Pamela@PamelaPalmaDesigns.com and get on the schedule!

We talked about our ongoing collaborative project, formerly known as Call and Respond. We agreed to call it a (Fiber Art) Mural. It is truly lovely with the underlying theme of nature/flowers/endangered species, a subject we can all relate to. It now has 4 components by 4 artists: Top Row- Marilyn Griffiths. Bottom Row L-R: Mabelin Castellanos, Aurora Molina, Nadiya Shulhan. The Mural has been passed to Beatriz Calderon who promises to surprise us with her addition as she Keeps the Conversation Going!

Martha Kent has been busy coordinating the blanket squares for Lotus House. She has single handedly stitched them into 2 large blankets and is now crocheting the edges of each blanket to make all the squares unified. Thank you Martha! We can’t wait to see the finished products! If anyone still has squares, please contact her.

Monthly Challenge Piece – back by popular demand! At the suggestion of Dorina Scalia, we are jumping on this significant moment in history. Each member is tasked to create a fiber artwork that speaks to WHAT IS GOING ON? It can be political commentary, satire, something that references SIGNS OF THE TIMES. No size constraints. Due at the August 27 meeting.  Keep your eyes and ears open for potential exhibition opportunities for this very timely body of work. We are part of history. We are creating Herstory!

Natasha Middagh brought to our attention the Textile Society of America Symposium October 19-23, 2016 at SCAD. Interested? Check it out.  https://textilesocietyofamerica.org/tsa_symposium/symposium2016/

Become an active part of your fiber community! Volunteer to help with exhibitions, membership, monthly programs, PR/media, workshops. Email Pamela

THANK YOU!

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July 30 Meeting Recap

July 31, 2016
Members of Fantastic Fibers Miami met yesterday, July 30, at the cozy studio of Pamela Palma Designs int the Bakehouse Art Complex. We set a schedule of montly programs for the coming year. We now have programs for 4 months and lots of openings. See the full list on the Meetings Page MONTHLY PROGRAMS.
Do you have a technique to share? A discussion to lead? Email Pamela@PamelaPalmaDesigns.com and get on the schedule!

We talked about our ongoing collaborative project, formerly known as Call and Respond. We agreed to call it a (Fiber Art) Mural. It is truly lovely with the underlying theme of nature/flowers/endangered species, a subject we can all relate to. It now has 4 components by 4 artists: Top Row- Marilyn Griffiths. Bottom Row L-R: Mabelin Castellanos, Aurora Molina, Nadiya Shulhan. The Mural has been passed to Beatriz Calderon who promises to surprise us with her addition as she Keeps the Conversation Going!

Martha Kent has been busy coordinating the blanket squares for Lotus House. She has single handedly stitched them into 2 large blankets and is now crocheting the edges of each blanket to make all the squares unified. Thank you Martha! We can’t wait to see the finished products! If anyone still has squares, please contact her.

Monthly Challenge Piece – back by popular demand! At the suggestion of Dorina Scalia, we are jumping on this significant moment in history. Each member is tasked to create a fiber artwork that speaks to WHAT IS GOING ON? It can be political commentary, satire, something that references SIGNS OF THE TIMES. No size constraints. Due at the August 27 meeting.  Keep your eyes and ears open for potential exhibition opportunities for this very timely body of work. We are part of history. We are creating Herstory!

Natasha Middagh brought to our attention the Textile Society of America Symposium October 19-23, 2016 at SCAD. Interested? Check it out.  https://textilesocietyofamerica.org/tsa_symposium/symposium2016/

Become an active part of your fiber community! Volunteer to help with exhibitions, membership, monthly programs, PR/media, workshops. Email Pamela

THANK YOU!

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Knit in Public Day

Knit a square for charity
Knit a square for charity
World WIde Knit in Public Day
World WIde Knit in Public Day

Fantastic Fibers Miami presents Knit in Public Day at Pérez Art Museum Miami  

Saturday, June 18, 2016, 12-5pm

 

Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day wwkipday.com Saturday, June 18, 2016, 12-5pm, at Pérez Art Museum Miami (pamm.org/knitinpublic) with Fantastic Fibers Miami (fantasticfibersmiami.com). Knitters, weavers, stitchers, fiber artists of all types are invited to Knit in Public on PAMM’s shaded Bayside Stair, to draw inspiration from the museum’s lush hanging gardens, iconic architecture and breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. Newbie knitters of all ages can try their hands with yarn and needles led by members of Fantastic Fibers Miami. Knitters are welcome to work on independent projects or charity projects, such as knitting a 10” square for blankets for the children of Lotus House women’s shelter.

All knitters will receive complimentary museum admission.

Fiber enthusiasts are invited to make themselves at home on the built-in bench seating at PAMM’s Bayside Stair, sit back in one of PAMM’s Adirondack chairs, or set up their favorite blankets or beach chairs. Verde restaurant, with seated dining and a quick grab-and-go café counter, and PAMM’s galleries are open from 10am-6pm (knitters will receive passes for complimentary admission; food and drink is available for purchase).

World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 in Europe as a way to connect individuals from what is often the solitary activity of knitting. Fantastic Fibers Miami provides a community for Miami-based fiber artists, and a forum in which to work together.

“In every culture everywhere on Earth throughout all time, people have been, and still are weaving,” said Pamela Palma, founder of Fantastic Fibers Miami. “Currently there is a global resurgence of weaving and knitting as younger generations re-discover the endorphin producing processes of using one’s fingers creatively.” Fantastic Fibers Miami is our community of talented fiber artists. Join us! We meet on the 4th Saturday of every month at Artisan Lounge.

 

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May and June Events

May and June 2016 Events

May 6, Coral Gables Museum: Aurora Molina’s artwork is featured!

May 10, 7 PM – Art Tuesdays at Books and Books in Coral Gables panel discussion, Art as Craft, Craft as Art – with Aurora Molina.

May 13, 7 PM The Bakehouse Art Complex opening reception of “Recently Acquired” with Maria Barbist and Kyoko Matsuyama in the Audrey Love Gallery. Open studio night at the BAC!

May 28, 2:00 Artisan Lounge, Fantastic Fibers Miami monthly meeting. Bring your challenge piece, Who are you really?

June 18, 12 – 5 Knit in Public Day at PAMM. Contact evelynpolitzer@gmail.com for details !

June 25, 2:00 Monthly Meeting at Artisan Lounge

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March Meeting

Haiku by Pamela Palma Designs (c) 2016
Haiku by Pamela Palma Designs (c) 2016

Fantastic Fibers Miami will meet at 2 PM on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Artisan Lounge, 500 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33132.

Please bring your Haiku to work on and share with the group. Each Haiku is requested to be 8″ x 10″ to be presented as a collection in book form; as prayer flags; or as text-tiles. Mine, shown above, is the Haiku I created and embroidered onto a vintage embroidered linen rectangle.

We have exhibition opportunities for our Haiku art which we will discuss at the meeting. Also, we have  updates on World Wide Knit in Public Day June 18.

See you Saturday. Bring friends!

Pamela

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Success! Fantastic Fibers Miami is Launched!

 

Patio Set and Lemonade by Mabelin Castellanos
Patio Set and Lemonade by Mabelin Castellanos
Welcome Back Babies by Kyoko Matsuyama
Welcome Back Babies by Kyoko Matsuyama

The first meeting of Fantastic Fibers Miami  filled my studio to capacity! Clearly this is something we have wanted for a long time! I thank all who participated: Sharon Spaker, Norma Rua, Dorina Scalia, Maria T Barbist, Martha Kent, Mabelin Castellanos, Marilyn Griffiths, Evelyn Politzer, Nadia Shulhan, Kyoko Matsuyama, Amy Tonkonow Kohan, and Aurora Molina. You are now our founding members!

We collectively represent an international body of fiber artists working in all manner of fiber from embroidery to weaving! It was amazing to see the variety of work by all of us! So beautiful!

Our meetings are the last Saturday of each month at 2:00.

Next meeting is Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Artisans’ Lounge, 500 NE 1st Ave., Miami. Free Parking! Hostess: Aurora Molina. Our project is in conjunction with O Miami Poetry Month. Each artist is creating a fiber artwork 8″ x 10″ containing a positive protest Haiku. Please bring your Haiku to the meeting to work on.

Ongoing: Aurora is collaborating with embroidery artists in Mexico to produce embroidered selfies. You may send her your selfie to be included in the project. info@auroramolina.com

June 18, 2016 is World Wide Knit in Public Day.  Evelyn Politzer offered to organize a Miami event. We considered several locations – Merrick Park, the Public Library, PAMM steps overlooking the bay. Maria T Barbist will inquire at PAMM to use the steps, which are public property. Perhaps we should knit for a specific project. Ideas? Read about the event  World Wide Knit in Public Day

Artists, please send images of your work to post on our website. You can upload your images directly to our Facebook page along with news, exhibition opportunities, events, accomplishments, etc.

Thanks! Pamela pamela@pamelapalmadesigns.com

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Dream Weavers! Weekend Workshop for Beginning Weavers

Weaving Workshop with Pamela Palma
Weaving Workshop with Pamela Palma

Dream Weavers Beginners Weaving Workshop
With Pamela Palma on gorgeous St. Simons Island, Georgia! April 23 – 24, 2016  Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Get away from the hustle and bustle to this idyllic island paradise in Southern Georgia and learn to weave while you are there!

Weaving is all the rage! Find out why this timeless art form is so popular in this weekend workshop. Be relaxed, inspired, and invigorated as you create wonderful woven fabrics! Dream Weavers is designed to demystify the process of hand weaving. Using a very simple rigid heddle loom, you will learn both the art and craft of weaving. Find out how easy and rewarding it is to make your own unique fabrics – a scarf/runner plus art for your wall. Work at your own pace on a loom ready to weave with beautiful yarns. Equipment and individual instruction is provided. Beginners and intermediate weavers are welcome. Class size is limited.

Master weaver and colorist Pamela Palma travels to Glynn Visual Arts from Miami, Florida to share her talents and skills to inspire you to create! She will guide you through the language of weaving and the mechanics of the loom through color and textural interactions. Let your creativity and imagination soar. Watch your fingers develop your fabric as it unfolds before your eyes. It’s magical! It’s not just cloth, it’s art!

More info: Dream Weavers Workshop

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