Mary Kester lives in Baldwinsville, New York, where her studio is also located. There she weaves tapestries, felts, and makes baskets and nets for galleries, competitions and commissions. Kester was born in Iowa and in the late 1970's was drawn from the Midwest to Syracuse University for her MFA, which she earned in 1981.
She has taught Fibers at SU, and has been a visiting artist in Syracuse, Liverpool, Fayetteville-Manlius and Westhill schools in New York, as well as earlier in Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.
She travels regularly for inspiration to neolithic sites in Ireland, France and England, then creates layered tapestries, which she exhibits locally, regionally and nationally.
Fort Collins, CO
Rebecca grew up in New Mexico surrounded by family members who shared their love of weaving, drawing, art and adventure. Today her work is drawn from the colors, open skies and symbols of the Southwest. She was fascinated with doubleweave, but discovered that tapestry would allow her better expression.
Rebecca creates contemporary tapestry pieces. She hand-dyes all her yarns to get the color gradations she desires and weaves most of her tapestries on her grandfather's Harrisville rug loom. Her work is in various public and private collections as well as her on her website gallery. She teaches in her studio, online and throughout the U.S.
Santa Fe, NM
Polly Barton was born in New York City and has lived in Paris, Florence, Rome & Japan. Now residing in New Mexico, she has focused on woven ikat silks.
A nationally recognized artist, she shows her woven silk ikat paintings on both coasts, and is collected by the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and by important private collectors. Her work has been published in numerous magazines including Hali Magazine, FiberArts, Surface Design Journal and American Craft. She is a member of the Textile Society of America, Friends of Fiber Arts International, the Surface Design Association and the Textile Arts Alliance of Santa Fe.
To greet the day, I weave.
I weave to find my gesture.
I weave to regain solitude.
I weave to discover the texture of the day.
I weave to build shimmering color in layers of dyed silk threads.
I weave to find the thread of understanding.
I weave because it connects me to the world of weavers.
I weave pulled along the threads of history and tradition.
I weave to break tradition.
I weave happily when I have a dye pot simmering on the stove.
I weave to keep my brain nimble.
I weave for joy and inspiration.
I weave in sadness.
I weave to feel calm.
I weave listening to the birds sing.
Lynne’s passion for collage, painting and drawing started at age three. She grew up in the Big Apple and pursued her art training at NYU and Columbia. She also studied for 15 years at the Arts Students League. For most of her career she worked with oils on canvas. Her current focus is incorporating fabric into her paintings, using collages of rich colors and shapes. She is widely exhibited in museums, galleries and public spaces throughout the country.
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.
HandWeavers Guild of America: HGA provides educational programs, conferences, and an award-winning quarterly publication to its members as it seeks to increase awareness of and appreciation for the fiber arts.
Weave a Real Peace [WARP]: A non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and communities-in-need around the world through textile arts.
Weaving Lives at 65: An Anniversary Exhibit
Celebrating the Guild's 65th anniversary, this book incorporates history, photos and 33 project drafts.
• Original weaving designs, tips, & techniques
• 5 issues a year
Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot quarterly HGA journal featuring a broad spectrum of articles about the fiber arts.
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Melita Gill www.mountainstarstudio.com
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Sarah Saulson www.sarahsaulson.com
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