Meeting Programs


AAFG 2017-18 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 11, 2017
“Expression: An Artistic Voice with Thread and Applique”
Chris Roberts-Antieau
Chris Roberts-Antieau’s art career got off the ground by showing her “fabric paintings” at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. With a mastery of thread painting and applique, this Michigan native expresses a unique voice as she explores a broad range of subject matter: from joyfully candid cultural commentary to personal reflections on nature, perception and reality. Chris now lives in New Orleans and has a gallery on Royal Street. She exhibits her work across the country and internationally.

October 9, 2017
“A Mixed Media Journey”
Jacqueline Sullivan
Paint, and the many ways that it can be used creatively, has always fascinated Jacqueline Sullivan. She is a mixed media, acrylic and calligraphic artist, and is well known for her pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks, and words. Jacqueline’s work has been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs. She has a degree in graphic design and worked for many years as a publication and advertising designer.  In this talk, Jacqueline will take you along her journey into fiber arts and will share photos of her work, and how she intermixes her love of paint, collage fabric, books and calligraphy.

Presenter Workshop: “Acrylics on Fiber” October 6 – 8, 2017 (Details)

November 13, 2017
“The Creative Process Manifest in Objects Made at Maker Works”
Tom Root
Maker Works of Ann Arbor is a 14,000 sq. ft. member-based workshop for small businesses, entrepreneurs, tradespeople, skilled workers, artists, makers and hobbyists. Tom Root, one of the founders of Maker Works, will share their exploration of imagining a space where ordinary people are given the tools—and the opportunity—to learn to design and build physical objects out of wood, metal, plastic, fibers and more, and in the process design and build a creative community.

TOURS: Monday, November 20: 5:30 or 6:30 pm at Maker Works
The Monday following Tom’s talk, AAFG members may sign up for in-person tours of Maker Works to see the facility and the equipment, including their sewing and embroidery workrooms, a new jewelry room, and the 3-D printers.

January 8, 2018
Väv Immersion: Sixteen Weeks of Textile Heaven
Tammy Renner
Inspired by Marion Tuttle Marzolf’s historical novel Shuttle in Her Hand: A Swedish Immigrant Weaver in America, Tammy Renner dreamt of finding a residential weaving school where she could totally immerse herself in textiles. At that same time, Becky Ashenden, a graduate of Sweden’s Sätergläntan Institute of Handwork and known for her Vävstuga School of Swedish Weaving in Shelburne Falls, MA, imagined recreating the class she experienced in Sweden. In February 2016 their dreams merged with Tammy becoming one of six students in Becky’s inaugural Väv Immersion class. Tammy will share her stories, highlights, and notebook from her sixteen weeks in “textile heaven” as well as samples of Swedish textiles.

February 12, 2018
“Skins, Skeins, and Stitches: Fiber Art through the Ages”
Wendy Evans
There is evidence of weaving as far back as the Stone Age. Since then, we have wrapped ourselves in fabric, walked on carpets, and decorated with embroidery, quilts, and tapestries. Once dismissed as mere craft, skills in fabric making and decorating have now been embraced as art by art historians and adopted by artists as ways to create art and express ideas. Lavish use of photographs of these creations show the changing fibers, techniques and artistic sensibilities over time and across continents. Wendy Evans is a historian who was raised among the museums of London, England. She has advanced degrees from Oxford University in England and Wayne State University in Detroit. Wendy teaches Art History at Wayne State University, and has been a volunteer at the Detroit Institute of Arts for many years.

March 12, 2018
“Influences and Inspirations”
Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Known for her signature textiles based on contemporary adaptations of Shibori, Ana Lisa Hedstrom has studied the underpinnings of Japanese Shibori for over 40 years, creating wearable art, studio art quilts, and most recently, paper installations. Ana Lisa’s textiles are included in the collections of major museums including the Cooper Hewitt, the Museum of Art and Design, and the De Young Museum; her awards include two NEA grants. Her work has also been exhibited and published internationally. Ana Lisa earned a BA in Art from Mills College in Oakland, CA, she is a fellow of the American Craft Council, and she has taught and lectured at numerous international Shibori conferences and schools.

Presenter Workshop: “Shibori with Indigo and Natural Dyes” March 16 – 18, 2018 (Details) Full!

Ana Lisa Comp

April 9, 2018
“Handmade Lace through the Centuries”
Mary Salmon
The Lace Museum in Northville, MI was founded in 2012 by Detroit-native and curator Mary Gen Salmon, who has extensive experience as both purveyor and merchant of lace throughout the United States. The Museum houses an extensive collection of Antique hand-made lace and fashion from Central Europe, Ireland, England, and the United States – including outstanding deaccession pieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The deYoung Museum, and The William Penn Museum. The Museum exhibits hand-made Lace, the tools of lacemaking, antique sewing machines, and antique/vintage textiles and clothing. Mary will share the history of lace making from around the world and show examples of the major recognized forms of lace from her collection.

May 14, 2018
“Fantasy Fashions: A Trunk Show of Historic Styles”
Helen Welford
Helen Welford has been making gowns for vintage dancing since 1993, for herself and for others, for balls and for performance. She has developed an extensive library of historical references and source material and enjoys exploring costume exhibits. Her background includes 35 years of working in the fiber arts. Helen will focus on her journey form early weaving to creating complex historical costumes.

Presenter Workshop: “Jackets That Fit” May 11– 13, 2018 (Details)

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