Friday, December 31, 2010

Curate This!

UNTs very own, from the Fashion Design faculty,
Li-Fen Anny Chang, received recognition of the top 15 artists, architects, and designers in the CURATE THIS! 2010 International Public Vote. The contest was organized by B E C A - Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art, Over 2,000 votes were cast from 19 countries. Beautiful Dresses!

"Red Hot Tamale" 2010

There are two books published after the contest; one is Curate This! 2010 International Public Vote, and "Red Hot Tamale" is published in this book.  
"Fembot" 2010

back view, "Fembot" 2010

The other is Curate This! 2010 New Art, which the artworks are selected by Helen Pheby, PhD, Curator of Yorkshire Sculputure Park. The creation named "Fembot" is in this book.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Call for Nominations -- 2012 Texas Master

Nominate the 2012 Texas Master!
Deadline for Nominations: January 22, 2011

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft invites you to nominate the next Texas Master craft artist.

HCCC initiated its 
Texas Masters exhibition series in 2005 to provide much-needed recognition of Texas artists who have dedicated themselves to making craft, and is seeking a fourth awardee.
The other 3 are:
Harlan Butt

Cindy Hickok

                                                                        and Rachel Thiewes.


HCCC is currently seeking nominations from across the state. All qualified nominees must:
  • Live and work in Texas or have spent a significant time practicing in Texas
  • Work in one of the craft media: wood, metal, glass, ceramic, fiber and/or repurposed materials
  • Have received recognition for high levels of excellence and success in their discipline and/or made a significant impact in the craft community through their work, guidance, and contributions to the field.
Remember, surface design does necessarily always have to pertain to fabric!
Nominated artists will be reviewed by the Exhibitions Committee.

The chosen artist will receive a solo show in the fall of 2012, have a DVD made cataloguing their process and techniques, and will serve on the jury panel for CraftTexas 2014, the biennial juried exhibition highlighting the best of craft being produced in Texas today.

If you know someone who should be considered, we encourage you to
download the nomination form and submit it by January 22, 2011.
Please direct any questions to Anna Walker, Curatorial Fellow, at 713.529.4848 X 113 or via email at

Thank you for helping HCCC recognize excellence in the field of craft!
Please visit sometime!

Workshop @ the Southwest School of Art

Barbara Kile and Nadia Khan are members of the Houston Area Fiber Artists, and will be in San Antonio to teach a workshop during February at the Southwest School of Art.
Nadia has taught numerous silk painting workshops at the Southwest School of Art, and she teaches in Houston at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, as well as independent workshops.
Barbara is an adjunct professor at Houston Community College in the Fashion Department, and she teaches at the Glassell School of Art / MFAH and at the Taos Wool Festival.

Using French silk dyes, students will explore different techniques to achieve color, texture, and pattern. Methods for preparing and stretching silk for painting and the steam-setting process for fixing the dyes will be demonstrated. Then students will explore nuno felting - felting into weave - using the painted silks as the base fabric in the felting process. Wool fibers will be layered on the painted silk, and after completing the felting and fulling process, nuno felt samplers will be created. The resulting fabric is lightweight, drapes well, and can be used for many applications! No dyeing or felting experience is necessary to join!

Class meets: Fri, Feb 18  1:00 - 5:00P and Sat & Sun, Feb 19 & 20  9:30A - 3:00P

The workshop is limited to 10 people, so sign up soon if you're interested! If you have questions or would like more information, email

Call for Knitters!

The Blanton Museum of Art
Austin, Texas

On Saturday March 5, the museum's plaza will be turned into a knitted wonderland! This is in conjunction with the University of Texas' annual open house, Explore UT.  All 99 trees will be covered in works of yarn.  This extraordinary concept is the vision of the guest artist and international textile phenomenon Magda Sayeg, who will lead the project. Sponsor a tree and be part of the largest yarn artwork on the UT campus!  To learn more and sign up for a tree come to the Community Meeting on Saturday , January 8, from 1-2:30 pm in the Blanton Auditorium. Meet Magda, choose your tree, and let the creativity begin.  Knit works will be installed on the trees on the evening of March 4th. I know the Austin Fiber Artists will be sponsoring @ least 1 tree. Cant wait!

Art Stokes Exhibit

January 8th through January 24th
Reception January 8th
3:00-6:00 PM
During the School Year 2006-2007 the Art Guild provided fine art assemblies to over 12,000 students in 7 districts. The Art Guild of Fayetteville, Texas is operating under the assumed name of Art Guild of Rural Texas to better identify the focus of it’s programs. Other important Art Guild programs are Art After School, Summer Art Camp, Gallery Exhibits, Gallery Concerts and Art Library.
Art Guild of rural Texas | 114 North Live Oak St, Fayetteville, Texas, 78940
The classes are held twice a week in Fayetteville and are also free to the students and schools. In addition to the Art Stokes Exhibit, there is an ArtWalk happening in late April, early May, which I will provide more details on when the date approaches. For more information, please visit: What an incredible organization to promote the arts!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Elephant Embellishments @ the November AFA meeting

I know this is in the past, but I couldn't help wanting to share some of the pictures from the November AFA meeting. Elephant Embellishments is owned and operated by two sisters in central Texas. Lalon and Theresa came to our meeting and shared their amazing stories, their incredible work, and even did a demo on bead work! Both have attended the London College of Fashion, The Paris Fashion Institute, and even Ecole Lesage.  Their work has appeared in major motion pictures and on Broadway.

For more information on this dynamic duo, or if you just want to view beautiful work, visit

FASA Runway Show

Fiber Artists of San Antonio Runway Show on MAY 7, 2011 Fiber Artists of San Antonio FASHION SHOW UPDATE and TIMELINE
  • Show Date: May 7, 2011
There is also the Tabard Challenge which will be part of the Fashion Show. For more information email
  • January 2011 General Meeting: “call for entry forms” and “vendor entry information” will be available
  • February 2011: Newsletter will contain the same forms as above
  • March 16, 2011: entry submission due
  • April 23, 2011: deliver entries 10:00 AM-6:00PM  
Fiber Artists of San Antonio invites you to submit your entries to the FASA Runway Show which will be juried. 10 pieces max. Show will be held at Oak Hills Country Club on Fredericksburg Rd. Tickets- $45. Proceeds benefit education and scholarships funds. Entries are limited to outerwear. Vendors pay a fee for their table but no commission. Artists will pay a commission to FASA for garments sold. The chairs are Phyllis Jordan, Jean Peffers, Sandy Edsall & Yvette Little. More to come!