Meeting Programs


AAFG 2018-19 Meeting Programs

General Notes
Membership meetings are held the 2nd Monday, September – May
Social Time & Library Browsing and Business: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Begins: 7:00 p.m.

Zion Lutheran Church
1501 West Liberty (between Seventh and Stadium)
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
Directions to Zion Lutheran Church
Enter on the east side of the building using the door closest to Liberty. Piper Hall is in the lower level; stairway is visible from the entrance, and a small elevator is around the corner from the stairway.
Parking options: Free generous parking onsite.

No Cancellation Policy
AAFG only rarely has cancelled a meeting due to bad weather conditions. Consult your local internet, radio or TV reports for the most updated road and weather conditions and decide for yourself if you want to travel. Unless there is a weather emergency situation where all roads are closed, we will gather.

Monthly Schedule

September 10, 2018
“Landscape Art Quilts”
Ann Loveless
Art quilter Ann Loveless will share the journey that led her to participate—and then win—the Grand Rapids ArtPrize twice. A native of Frankfort, Michigan, located on the shore of Lake Michigan, Ann’s inspiration and designs come from nature and the beautiful lakes and woods of northwest Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. She works from photographs and has developed three distinctive quilting techniques for her art work; examples of her wall quilts will be on display. Ann attended Michigan State University and received her degree in Clothing and Textile Design.

October 8, 2018
“Wings of a Butterfly”
Jean Gauger
Fiber artist Jean Gauger creates unique art-to-wear nuno felt pieces, as well as home decor, journals, handbags, and framed art. Originally a knitter, she discovered wet and nuno felting and has been hooked ever since. Her work has been exhibited in the Kent State University Museum Show Entangled: Fiber to Felt to Fashion, and she was an Honoree recipient at the TAA Fashion Show in Cleveland Ohio. Jean has published articles and tutorials in the Australian fiber magazines Textile Fibre Forum and Felt, and her work was featured 500 Felt Objects, and the Australian book Taste of Textiles. She teaches throughout the United States, Australia and Canada. Jean will share her journey through pictures, journals, and examples of her work.
Jean will be offering a felting workshop October 5-7, 2018 (Details)

November 12, 2018
“Experimental Needlework”
Connie Pickering Stover
Exploring needlework beyond the regularity and perfection within each stitch, Connie Pickering Stover emphasizes the Japanese concept of “beauty without intention” that permits free expression, serendipity, and the organic that mimics the irregularities of nature. Connie grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and was influenced by art throughout her life. Since her early teens she was most content when she had a piece of fabric and a needle in her hands. Needlepoint was introduced to her when she was in her late 20’s and she has been exploring that medium as art ever since. Connie constantly pushes and pulls the canvases she works on to free them from their predictable grids, coaxing them into shapes that convey freedom and movement. For over 40 years Connie has been a graphic designer, web designer, and entrepreneur. She is now semi-retired and resides in Chelsea, Michigan. Connie is a new member of the AAFG, and the current Museum Director at the Chelsea Historical Museum.
C Pickering home

January 14, 2019
Triumphs and Dilemmas”
AAFG Member Discussions
Meeting in small groups arranged by fiber technique, members will share how they handle:

  • issues
  • successes
  • new skills development
  • taking an art practice to a new level

Member Groups v2

February 11, 2019
Building a Fiber Art Wardrobe
Terrie Voigt
Though she enjoys making wall art, sculpture, and functional pieces, Terrie Voigt’s passion is creating apparel and accessories for all occasions. Terrie loves blending vibrant colors and textures though a variety of mediums, including surface design, felting, quilting, appliqué, free form crochet, knitting, and weaving. Her fashion show presentation will illustrate her mastery of these techniques in creating one-of-a-kind wearable art. Terrie is a fine arts/education graduate of Michigan State University, and has been a textile and glass artist since 1979.

March 11, 2019
Studying Ancient Color”
Carrie Roberts
“The Roman world was a colorful place. Although we often associate the Romans with white marble statues, these statues, as well as Roman homes, clothing, and art were immersed in color. This exhibition examines colors in the ancient Roman world, how these colors were produced, where they were found, what the Romans thought about them, and how we study them today.”

Carrie Roberts is a conservator University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and co-curator of the exhibit Ancient Color. Carrie will present two key subjects featured in the exhibition: Creating Color, the first theme, discusses pigment and dye production in the Roman world, including where the raw materials came from, trade routes that brought the materials to Roman settlements, and how the raw materials were processed for color use; Investigating Color, the second theme, uses modern scientific techniques, such as microscopy, multispectral imaging and chemical analysis, to locate and identify color on ancient artifacts. Case studies using these techniques at the Kelsey Museum illustrate efforts to better understand color and the ancient artifacts in the museum.

Exhibit Tours for AAFG Members: Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 1:15 pm and 2:30 pm. Led by Cathy Person, Kelsey Outreach Coordinator and co-curator of “Ancient Color.” Members may sign up at the February or March AAFG membership meetings.


April 8, 2019
“In Accordance with Others”
Kate Sturman Gorman
With with a background in illustration and literature, Kate Gorman is a visual storyteller. After working for many years as an illustrator-for-hire in watercolor and pen-and-ink, she fell in love with textiles and began making contemporary narrative art quilts. An Ohio Arts Council residency artist and teacher, Kate travels around the state creating art with adults with disabilities, and sharing her love of narrative quilts with schoolchildren of all ages. Kate will talk about how working collaboratively with other creatives has energized her studio time and influenced her artwork, her creative process, and her travels to Sweden and Scotland. She holds a BA in English from Waynesburg College and a BFA in Illustration from Columbus College of Art and Design. Kate’s work has been exhibited in Quilt National and The Ohio Craft Museum’s Best of 2008, 2012, and 2018.

May 13, 2019
“A Voyage to Sweden: Swedish Weaves, Weavers, Traditions, Looms, and the Beginning of Glimkra USA.”
Joanne Hall
Joanne Hall takes us on a tour of Sweden. This beautiful country, with its rich history of weaving, never lost its active weaving tradition, even as weaving nearly disappeared in Great Britain and much of North America at the end of the 19th century. Become acquainted with the concept of vävstuga, which are similar to our guilds but with socializing centered around looms and weaving projects. Tour hemslöjd (handicraft) shops and handcraft traditions. Meet the editors of VAV magazine. Joanne shares with us samples of Swedish weaves and the stories behind them, including a bit of her own. She is a weaver, teacher, and author, with a MA in Textile Design from the University of Minnesota. Her books include Tying up the Countermarch Loom, Learning to Warp your Loom and, after studying in Mexico, Mexican Tapestry Weaving. Joanne has also studied Swedish tapestry weaving and has developed a floor loom weaving technique for weaving large tapestries. Her large tapestries are on view in buildings in Montana and in several out-of-state locations. Along with tapestry, Joanne teaches many workshops with emphasis on weaves grounded in Scandinavia and connected to her Swedish heritage.

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