Conferences

This summer started with a bang. Two weeks ago I was a vendor at the Contemporary Handweaver’s of Texas (CHT) bi-annual conference. It was held in Addison (Dallas), Texas. Last week I was a vendor at the Surface Design Association (SDA) bi-annual conference held in San Antonio, Texas.  Typically, as a vendor, you don’t get to see much of the conference activities but you do have the opportunity to see some of their exhibits as well as all of the other vendors.

I have been at several CHT conferences and do enjoy the Member’s Exhibit.  This year I didn’t submit any pieces but certainly was very impressed by the work that was there.  The venue was also very, very nice.  The conference was held at the Addison Conference Center, which is a very interesting building, located in a park setting.  Well done Dallas Handweaver’s Guild.

The SDA conference was a first for me.  I was able to check out the library, member donations (unbelievable pincushions and tote bags) for general fundraising, as well as the silent auction.  Fantastic work done by the members.  I also did not submit anything for the member’s exhibit here and didn’t have a chance to see the work submitted by others.

What I did do at both conferences was take the opportunity to do some shopping with some of the folks I don’t have a chance to see very often as well as meet some new people.

At CHT:

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From Giovanna Imperia (why I just don’t go to her studio here at home is beyond me!)

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From a new friend and, hopefully, a new exhibitor at the International Quilt Festival – Leslie of Cimarrona

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The items above are all made from recycled wool garments.  They are wonderful.

At SDA:

From Giovanna Imperia (photo does not show the little sequins scattered throughout the fiber)

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From John Marshall (missed his trunk show in Houston but made up for it here with all the silk skeins)

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From  Takako of Habu: (gorgeous colors of stainless yarn)

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From Joan McGee: (creator of one-of-a-kind wearable art- some of her fabric scraps-yummy)

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Yes, I did come home with a little change left in my jeans.

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New Page Added

I just added a new page to my blog journal (check top of this page).  The page is called ‘Things To Do’.  Included here are the instructions I shared with the attendees at the International Quilt Festival for making Fiber Bowls and Fiber Paper.  As I do more experimentation, I’ll add more.

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Merino Wool/Tencel Fiber Bowl

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Banana Fiber Bowl

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Silk Top Paper

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Banana Fiber Paper

Hope you have as much fun making these as I did. In fact, it may be time for me to make more.

Weekend Fun

A great artist resource in Houston is having their Grand Re-Opening Party Saturday (2/16) evening.  The Texas Art Asylum has moved from their very cramped quarters to a spacious facility in the up and coming near eastside.  Check out the details at www.texasartasylum.com.

In conjunction with the party, they are having an artist exhibit and sale.  The theme of the party is “Bigger and Fuller’ and, in honor of that, I have submitted some of my ‘bigger and fuller’ pieces.

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There will be all kinds of fun events at the party and this is also a great chance to check out the incredible things the Art Asylum has to offer. Maybe I’ll see you there.

HAFA Gallery Show

This weekend is the start of the 2012 Gallery Show for the Houston Area Fiber Artist members. It will be held at 18 Hands Gallery in the Heights. Please stop by if you’re in the area. My work is included with some of the outstanding fiber artists in our area. Both pieces in my August 5th post were accepted. I’m very excited.

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Participating Artists:
Fermin Coronado, Ginny Eckley Suzan Engler, Susan Ennis, Iva Jenson,
Scharine Kirchoff, Mary Ann Littlejohn, Venetta Morger, Patricia Powell,
Laura Roux, Peggy Sexton, Kathy Smith, Hope Wilmarth

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CHH Artisans Sale

This weekend is the much anticipated annual Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston Artisan Sale. The items produced by this group of very talented people are amazing. I have a couple of felted cuffs and my ‘tapestry’ cards in the sale. Also, this year, instead of my usual kumihimo neckpieces, I have done some beadweaving. Hope everyone can make it there. It’s always a great event.

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Fiber Artist Show Entries

The Houston Area Fiber Artists are having their annual gallery show next month (September 22 – 30) at 18 Hands Gallery in the Heights. I submitted a couple of pieces for consideration. Hope to hear that one or both of these neckpieces get accepted into the show.

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This is Gumball. Had great fun adding all the felt bits and then very happy I found this fabulous yarn in my stash that I could use to wrap everything together. The black is plastic yarn. It looks great on and is very lightweight.

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This piece is called Golden Pond. It just seemed like light shimmering on golden blue water. The centerpiece is heat treated copper with an enameled accent and some of my great C-Lon cording. The necklace, itself, is made of fine wool fibers and braided in the traditional Japanese style (kumihimo).

Green Jewelry: Upcycled/Recycled Show

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Had this piece accepted into the Green Jewelry: Upcycled/Recycled Show at 18 Hands Gallery. The technique is kumihimo and it is made with recycled sari silk. I just loved the colors in the silk and found some beads to accent the piece beautifully. The tassel has great character. All the pieces of silk have wonderful raveling. You can play with the ends for hours.
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18 Hands Gallery
A unique destination in the Houston Heights!

UPCOMING: Green Jewelry: Upcycled/Recycled
Our second annual Green Jewelry show features an array of exciting jewelry fashioned from unexpected materials! Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7, 6-9PM.

Featured artists: Barbara Kile, Becky Mitchell, Criselda Lopez, Ivy Jensen, Kathryn Babboni, Kristi Wilson, Marguerite Belkin, Martha Ferguson, Mary Alice Tangora, Mary Thomas Davenport, Pat Powell, Robly A. Glover, Tatiana Ermakova, Vanessa Parker.
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The show goes on through the end of July. If you’re in the Houston area, see the exhibit if you can. Look for details at http://www.18handsgallery.com. I’m included with some awesome artists. Very excited.