Amos Amit was born in Israel in 1945. His art is influenced by his upbringing. His subject matter of nature is part of his childhood. He has been doing batiks for over 50 years. Amit has established himself as a leading batik artist in the U.S. and has won numerous awards in prestigious art festivals.
After graduating from Edinboro University with a BS in Art Education and graduate studies at Indiana University concentrating in fabrics, I taught art in the Kiski Area School District for 33 years. I have always had an interest in fabric techniques. I enrolled in bead embroidery and felting classes after retiring in 2008. I discovered a passion for felting and have combined my love of flowers in my present work. Flowers have always been a source of inspiration in my work. Before felting my business, called TENDER BLOSSOMS, was started to dry and frame wedding bouquets. As my enjoyment of the felting process grew, I began marketing my work at local art centers in Latrobe and Greensburg. This past year my work is sold at the Westmoreland Museum of Art, the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts and Songbird Artistry, Pittsburgh. I have participated in the Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market, the National Aviary “Wings and Wildlife” show. the Work of Our Hands Show, the Ligonier Farmers Market and Christmas Market. I look forward to participating, for the second year in the Fair in the Park.
Erin Carlson began her artistic career in 2013 when she received the Three Rivers Arts Festival Emerging Artist Scholarship while living in Pittsburgh. Freshly graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English, she was continuously drawn back to Fiber Art and the joy of creating sculptural work with natural materials. Her love of nature and a bit of whimsy pairs well with the texture and properties of wool. Erin’s needle felted sculptures range from realistic life-sized animals to more fantastical beasts and plants. She is always drawing new inspiration from the natural world as well as myths, fairy tales, and the stars. She now lives and works in Cleveland Heights with her husband and two cats.
Fuyuko was born and grew up in Sapporo, northern Japan. She moved to Tokyo for the purpose of studying at Musashino Art University, where she received a BA in Industrial and Craft Design, a MA in Product Design. After working as an interior designer and a professional artist, she came to the United States in order to study further at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan where she received a MFA in Fiber Art in 1984.
Fuyuko’s main medium is pictorial weaving which involves complex methods of dyeing and re-weaving. It is internationally recognized along with her other worldly spiritual imagery and received many awards. She also works on silk painting and is working on the theme of “Light of Seeds,” expressing energy of growth. In her most recent series are entitled “Lightscape” and “Blossoms of Light”, she depicts the positive quality of light.
She has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums. She has received Individual Artist Grants twice from New York Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Hand Weavers Guild of America Award, and the First Prize in “Fiberart International”. She served at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Senior Restorer and taught fiber and textile art courses in numerous institutions such as Syracuse University, University of North Texas, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She recently retired from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Now she is enjoying her free time producing art work, raising plants and animals, watching nature, and visiting botanical gardens, galleries, and museums.
It could be said that Jeri’s weaving career began when she was ten years old and wove potholders in Brownies. But it wasn’t until she sat at a floor loom 31 years later that she fully realized the joy and wonder of weaving.
Jeri’s first weaving class was in 1999 at her local museum. It was there she learned to wind a warp, beam the loom and throw the shuttle. She was enthralled with the interlacing of the yarn and the music that the loom played when lifting the shafts and banging the beater. She was consumed with all that one could do with color, pattern and design. It wasn’t but a few short months later that she bought a multi harness mechanical floor loom and began to stock her studio with more yarn than she could weave in a lifetime.
Over the years Jeri continued to take classes and weave in her studio. Much of what she wove was for her personal use and Christmas gifts; essentially a hobby.
In 2011, Jeri did her first art show where she sold her first scarf. Thrilled that someone actually deemed her work worthy of owning, she began to think about her art as less of a hobby and more of a career. The actual pursuit of this idea took over 6 years to come to fruition.
It was in 2017 when some life changing events occurred that the decision was made to become a full time fiber artist. Since then, her and husband travel to various parts of the United States setting up their tent and enjoying every aspect of the life of an artist.
From the humble beginnings of a potholder (that Grandma proudly proclaimed to be the best gift she ever received) Jeri strives to create works of wearable art from a simple cone of yarn.
Juliane Gorman graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in textiles. Afterwards, she took millinery classes at Fashion Institute of Technology. However, like many graduates, her interests hibernated while she pursued jobs and family.
A few years ago, she serendipitously saw a felted bracelet at a craft fair. Looking for a DIY book on the topic, she instead found one devoted to felted hats. This discovery was her eureka moment: finding a craft which combined her love of colorful fiber, with her passion for hats.
Now energized, Juliane creates ArtHats that are comfortable, flattering, and with a touch of whimsy. Her work is sold under the FeltHappiness label and is exhibited locally and internationally, with hats in private collections in Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America.
I was raised in Berks County, Pennsylvania. As a child I became involved in traditional fiber crafts, learning to knit, crochet, embroider, and sew – including pattern drafting and tailoring. I attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I majored in Art Education. During my undergraduate and graduate work I developed a deep interest in weaving and I acquired my first loom not long after I graduated college. I started The Wandering Vine in late 2002, becoming a full-time professional weaver. I work on a 45″, 4 harness Schact floor loom. My concentration is in creating clothing for women and men. I design and weave my own yardage, and tailor the yardage myself. My garment designs are original patterns I designed myself or are based on traditional garment shapes.
I spend much time experimenting with the interplay of color and weave structure. I do a great deal of my own dyeing in both cottons and wool so that I have more control over the way the color is laid into a garment.
My work can be seen at various fine craft shows and fiber festivals throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland, I have won numerous awards for my work, including artistic excellence at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and Best Fiber in Show at the New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and was awarded master craftsman status in that organization in April, 2006.
Moore College of Art 72 BFA Philadelphia Pa
Handarbetets Vanner Certificate 1971 Stockholm Sweden TylerSchool of Art/ Temple 1974 M.ED Philadelphia Pa
Cerfificate Color Machanics 81 NY/ San Francisco CA
Working Textle Artist 1976 to present. Sales to shops, high end craft shows, catalogues, and galleries.
Current work Womens’s Accessories of silk . Process all hand dyed. Shibori is the main technique.
I am a Pittsburgh potter and fiber artist. I have been working with clay for approximately 28 years. My work reflects my love of nature and I often use my garden flowers, ferns and trees as inspiration for the textures and natural colors of my pots. I enjoy exploring different firing methods and this has enabled me to create unique decorative finishes and surface designs for my one-of-a-kind pieces.
My fiber pieces include art quilts, quilted wall hangings, table runners and hand painted, printed and dyed silk scarves. I am currently creating eco-printed or botanical printed designs on cotton, silk and wool and then using them in my quilts. I also hand dye cotton and silk to get unique colors for my creations.
I have been a handweaver for many yrs. I use natural fibers such as tencel and cotton to weave material on a multi-harness floor loom. Complex weaving patterns are used to spotlight colors and uniqueness of technique. I cut and sew material into easy care garments and scarves that are timeless.
I developed my artistic vision through study and modern culture. I formally applied my vision in 1985 when I became a professional craftsperson.
I blend color and form into original clothes that flatter women. I use comfortable fabrics and have a geometric sense.