Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fiberwerks: 2012

As you can see, the deadline for the Juried Exhibit is fast approaching. For a full entry form and more information, please visit http://texasfederationoffiberartists.org/

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Beading Workshop by Leah Force

Peyote Stitch Beading Workshop with Leah Force at The Croft Art Gallery

Saturday May 21, 12-4 pm, light snack and drinks provided
Pre-registration is required-cost is $65

Open to anyone! The only requirement is patience!

For each participant, we will provide 3-5 colors of beads, a beading needle, a spool of nymo beading thread, thread conditioner, a clasp for the bracelet, and a page or two of beading graph paper, so you can plan out your design. You will need to bring a small pair of sharp scissors. Leah will bring books for referencing designs.

712 Austin Ave.
Waco, TX 76701


Croft Art Gallery
Katie Croft
712 Austin Avenue
Waco, Texas 76701

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"if we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams." - Yann Martel

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

FASA Runway Show pictures

Sandy Edsall attended her first Fiber Artists of San Antonio runway show six years ago. She said she left the show thinking, "I could never do anything like that." But she was inspired to try.
On Saturday at Oak Hills Country Club, Edsall won Best of Show for Hibiscus, a fuchsia jacket made of silk, with free-motion stitching, cutouts, appliqué, thread painting and a dyed lining.
Joining Edsall for awards on the runway at the end of the show was her sister Sherry Tolar, who won the member challenge to create a version of a tabard, a tunic-length outer garment. Tolar's Whimsy Girl featured a hand-painted woman on the back with appliqués and hand-made beads on the sides.
The sisters' very different pieces demonstrated the range of items in the group's 15th show - scarves, jackets, blouses, shawls, dresses and vests - each made unique by the techniques, fabric and skills of the fiber artists.
 Pieces were crocheted, knitted, hand embroidered, hand dyed, quilted, felted, airbrushed, silk-screened, stamped, stenciled, rusted, ruched and even made out of soda-can pop-top rings.
Allison Brown-Cestero, president of Fiber Artists of San Antonio, said members "do these things out of passion. We love this sort of work."
The crowd comes seeking "wearable art - creative, innovative garments," Brown-Cestero said, and the people like to see the expression of creativity. The challenge winner and Best of Show were representative of the quality and variety of entries, she said.
"I think San Antonio has an amazing amount of talent," she said about her fellow artists. "A few years ago I never thought I'd have something on the runway. What a distance I've come."
Carol Ikard, executive director of the Texas Museum of Fiber Arts, came to the show from Austin, where she runs the museum without walls, taking the art to "where people thrive."
The museum shows fiber art by Texas artists in places such as the Capitol, the Dell Jewish Community Center and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.
After the runway show, the sales room was crowded with buyers looking for their favorite pieces.
Money raised from the sale of the runway entries, a silent auction and the raffle goes to area high schools, art schools and colleges to support textile programs.
To learn more about the organization and its educational programs, go to www.fiberartists.weebly.com

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Call for Proposals @ the Croft Gallery

The Croft Art Gallery is accepting proposals from Fiber Artists for the 2012 year.  The gallery exhibits all media, but our focus is  mostly modern with some traditional.  All Fibers are encouraged to submit; wearable, sculpture, and wall pieces are all welcome.  Exhibits are up from the first Friday of the month to the last Saturday of the month.  There is a first Friday opening reception each month.  Visit our website for more information  and previously exhibited artists.Proposals should be emailed with artist statement and 3 jpeg images to Submissions@croftartgallery.com