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A basketmaker for more than 25 years, Lois has worked with every imaginable material and technique. Her work now is sculptural and involves building baskets with “patches” of different twined patterns. She is drawn to basketry specifically because there is no end to the possibilities. Baskets are an invitation to play with shape, color and texture. The historical traditions are rich and the materials are everywhere. She is a teacher, a journalist, an artist and past president of the National Basketry Association.
Nancy Wiley is a nationally recognized doll artist and painter. Wiley's creations include whimsical doll figures made of paper clay or porcelain, figurative sculpture, mixed media pieces and paintings. Her work, inspired by fine art, mythology and fairy tales, is exhibited in museums and galleries and sold to private collectors.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration, she is a longtime member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists. Wiley lives in Canandaigua, New York.
Anita Luvera Mayer
Anita Luvera Mayer is an internationally recognized weaver, fiber artist, designer, and author. She was first introduced to weaving in 1955 when her mother-in-law gave her a floor loom as a wedding gift. She began weaving contemporary garments began in 1972 and has focused for the past 10 years on telling women's stories. Her creative fiber work has evolved to include innovative surface design techniques as well as beadwork, embroidery, freeform knitting, and crochet. Primarily self-taught, she brings decades of experience to her fiber work.
Author of the seminal work, Exploring Multishaft Design, Inouye has taught handweaving all over the United States and in nine countries. She works on a 24-shaft computer-assisted AVL loom and on two 16-shaft looms, producing work that features, in her words, “woven images, smoothly flowing lines, shaded curves, unusual textures, and non-repeating designs.”
Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association: MAFA is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to promote education in the fiber arts; to plan, organize, and conduct conferences; and to facilitate communication among member guilds.
Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference: this biannual regional conference will be hosted at the Chautauqua Institute October 8 - 10, 2011. http://www.eglfc.org
Weaving Lives at 65: An Anniversary Exhibit
Anne Fischer www.annemfischer.com
Denise Kovnat www.denisekovnat.blogspot.com/
Sarah Saulson www.sarahsaulson.com
Marcia Weinert www.undeniablyloopy.com
Hope Farm: Bloomfield, NY www.hopefarmalpacas.com
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