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GUILD MEETINGS

Columbia Fiber Arts holds guild meetings in December, March, June, and September.

These meetings area a great way to get involved with CFG — a place to network with other fiber artists to share ideas and discuss common interests. (Lunches after these meetings usually offer even more opportunity to expand your network.)

Each guild meeting features a guest speaker — someone known nationally in the world of fiber art. The speaker also holds a workshop in connection with the guild meeting in March, June and September. Members may sign up for this workshop at a reduced fee.

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DECEMBER

December 8, 2021

Time: 10 am - 12 Noon

Virtual Meeting

Speaker:

David Owen Hastings

"Exploring Nature with Paper and Stitch

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MARCH

March 9, 2022

Time:  10 am - 12 Noon

Grant Park

Baptist Church

Speaker:

Diane Ericson

”Inspired Design
and Making"

June 8, 2022

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 PM

Virtual Meeting

 

Speaker:

Kerr Grabowski

"The Challenge of Making work
'just for me'”

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September 7, 2022

Time:  10 am - 12 Noon

Grant Park
Baptist Church

Speaker:

Susan Brandeis

"Finding My Way:
A Creative Journey"

SEPTEMBER

JUNE

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Artwork by Sara Shayne Miller

 
DECEMBER 2021

December 8, 2021 

9:45 AM Join Us On Zoom

10:00-11:00 AM Guild Meeting

11:00 am - 12:00 PM Speaker

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"In this lecture, I talk about my work as a visual artist, and how there are similarities to how I now work as a quilter." David Owen Hastings

This talk starts with a review of David’s stitched paper artwork, which he has been creating and showing in galleries for over 20 years. He will give examples of where his inspiration comes from, and what his creative process is like. His artwork appeals to those who love organic processes and the beauty of nature, color and texture. David combines his monotype-printed paper with stitching on a vintage sewing machine. He will show examples and include details for those interested in creating their own stitched paper artwork.

In recent years, David has become enchanted with modern quilting and was 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. He will talk about how quilters can find inspiration in the world around us, and how his journey as a maker has taken him from gallery artist into the world of modern quilting.

 

This lecture ties directly into his online workshop, Stitched Paper Collage.

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David Owen Hastings 

"Exploring Nature with Paper and Stitch

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Diane Ericson

”Inspired Design
and Making"

MARCH 2022

March 9, 2022 

 

10:00 – 11:00 AM Guild Meeting

11:00 – 12:00 PM Speaker

Grant Park Baptist Church

2728 NE 34th Ave

Portland, OR 97212

How does being inspired help us to create a more meaningful life? Now, more than ever, we seem to need what we love and spend time on to nourish us in deeper ways. So how do our textile projects have the potential to be a pivotal part of the meaning for which we reach? Throughout my life of challenging experiences, my creativity has been my grounding...it has rooted me in moments I didn't think I could stand. The power of connection we gain through our love of textiles inspires us in our families and communities. I look forward to sharing with you some of the ways I have re-built and expanded my life through my creativity.

Diane Ericson is a garment designer, teacher and surface designer, especially skilled in the use of stencils.

 

She lives in Ashland OR and hosts wonderful retreats several times a year. Having participated several times Karen Miller attests that she is wildly supportive of the creativity of the individual participants and she has a wonderful approach to design, creative details and and repurposing garments.

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JUNE 2022

June 8, 2022

6:45 PM Join us on Zoom

7:00 PM Meeting starts

8:00 PM Speaker Via ZOOM

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"Marks - textures, lines, images and symbols - My work in textiles and clothing stems from an interest in cultures where art is an integral part of daily life-where mark making is a natural activity, a part of the celebration of being." Kerr Grabowski

Kerr Grabowski's history as a fiber artist has been marked by her constant experimentation with and innovative approaches to dyeing and screening processes. She developed Deconstructed Screen Printing, a printing monoprinting technique allowing for a freer, more painterly approach to screen printing.

Kerr successfully integrates her love of color, mark-making, and spontaneity with the challenge of creating whimsically elegant contemporary hand painted and screened silk fabrics and wearables. 

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Kerr Grabowski

"The Challenge of Making work
'just for me”

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Susan
Brandeis

"Finding My Way:
A Creative Journey"

SEPTEMBER 2022

September 7, 2022

10:00 – 11:00 AM Guild Meeting

11:00 am – 12:00 PM Speaker

Grant Park Baptist Church

2728 NE 34th Ave

Portland, OR 97212

"I make textiles because I love the rhythm of repetition and pattern, complex color contrasts, textured relief surfaces, and the feel of the materials moving in my hand. I savor the slow meditation of making and the touch of simple natural materials. I search for an enduring aesthetic, preferring images and concepts that transcend the personal to touch universal human themes. Fabric work has become as natural for me as breathing, and its expressions a “language” often more eloquent than speech.

"I am inspired by my personal experiences of natural phenomena, travel, reading, and looking. I develop my ideas through drawing and sampling, then realize them through dyeing, printing, piecing, weaving, constructing, and stitching on complex fabric surfaces. Over time, my voice has evolved from exuberant and celebratory to more quiet, reflective, and poetic."

Susan Brandeis will be coming from South Carolina to join us in Portland for this CFG presentation as well a workshop. She has offered to hold a second workshop if there is interest.

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Artwork by Sara Shayne Miller