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!



Author: WPadministrator

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.

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