Amos Amit was born in Israel and raised in a farming community. He had an early interest in batik art, and was inspired by his childhood surroundings in nature.
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.
My business 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. I became a member of the Pittsburgh Craftsmen’s Guild 5 years ago. I sell my work at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art,
Red Cottage Fiber Studio (previously Fiber Art by Erin,) is the North Hills home and workspace of fiber artist Erin Carlson.
Erin creates needle felted three dimensional wool sculptures of plants and animals in a wide range of products at many different price points. From tiny toadstool fairy houses to life-like woodland creatures to seasonal ornaments inspired by nordic myths, there is something to delight everyone.
Needle felting is a process in which wool is stabbed by hand with specialized needles until it packs tightly, tangling with itself and allowing for the sculpting of solid shapes.
Differently colored wools are applied by the same process to complete the pieces with facial and surface details. Erin gleans inspiration for her work from her life-long interest in the natural world as well as the observation of the backyard wildlife in the large gardens and beneficial plantings surrounding Red Cottage.
I have had a passion for fibers my whole life.I first learned the art of knitting and crocheting at the young age of eight.I found my passion for weaving while an art major at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.I later transferred to The Rhode Island School of Design and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in textile design. After graduation, I worked for a while in the industry as a jacquard designer, designing fabrics for upholstery and interiors.Feeling held back creatively, I left the industry and started working full-time as a studio artist.Inspired by nature, I experiment in many fiber art techniques, from knitting and weaving to surface design and dying.I create one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces of fiber art for both apparel and interior applications, currently concentratingon apparel and accessories for women.
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.
Fuyuko’s main medium is pictorial weaving which involves complex methods of dyeing and re-weaving.She also works on silk painting and is working on the theme of “Light of Seeds,” expressing energy of growth.Her recent series are entitled “Lightscape” and “Blossoms of Light”, expressing positive quality of light.
She has received Individual Artist Grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She served at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Senior Restorer and taught fiber and textile art courses in numerous institutions. She recently retired from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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 manually operated 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.
Her wearable art begins by winding a warp (organizing the threads) spun from wood pulp.The warp is then spread out onto a table where she applies dyes that she precisely mixes from a stock of red, blue and yellow dye.These color are carefully selected to create a pallet of interesting and coordinating colors.
Once the warp is dyed, rinsed and dried it is then beamed onto the loom. Each thread, approximately 1032 threads are individually brought through a heddle on the appropriate shaft to create the weaving structure.
From that point, the weaving magic begins. A treadle is pressed and a weft thread, wound on a shuttle is passed back and forth through the shed then beat into the cloth.Color and pattern begin to emerge and the cloth is starting to show its beauty.
Once the cloth is ready, a custom designed garment is cut, paying particular attention to color and style.Each garment is sewn with attention to detail.
Juliane Gorman graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in textiles. Afterwards, she took Millinery classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology. However, like many graduates, her interests hibernated while she pursued jobs and family. About a dozen years ago, she serendipitously saw a felted bracelet at a craft fair. Looking for a book on the topic, she instead found one devoted to felted hats. This was her eureka moment: finding a craft that combined her love of colorful fiber, with her passion for hats.
Now, Juliane creates colorful and whimsical hats inspired by nature, fairytales, and fine art. 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.
Kathy was raised in a small town in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and has always been involved with doing traditional fiber crafts – learning at an early age to knit, crochet, embroider, and sew. She attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where majoring in Art Education. It was there that Kathy learned the basics of weaving. Her interest in weaving continued and she acquired her first loom not long after graduating college. Kathy started to weave professionally in the late 1980’s but personal issues in her life took her away from the field for about 10 years. Kathy is also heavily involved with community theater; performing, directing, designing sets, and building costumes. Much of her life is spent in creation and artistic pursuits, and so she decided to step back into the challenging world of creating fine craft as a living. Kathy started The Wandering Vine in late 2002. Her studio is located in her home and she is a full-time professional weaver. Kathy’s work can be seen at various fine craft shows and fiber festivals throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and Ohio. She has won numerous awards for her work, including artistic excellence at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, Best Craft in Show at the Quaker Arts Festival in Orchard Park, NY, and Best Fiber at the New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival in New Hope, PA. Kathy is a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and was awarded master craftsman status in that organization in April, 2006.
As a fiber artist, my main interests are eco-printing, natural dyeing and art quilting. I create art quilts, quilted wall hangings, table runners and eco-printed silk scarves. Eco-printing is a form of natural dyeing and has become my main focus. It involves direct contact printing on silk, wool and cotton fiber. The technique draws out pigments from plants and makes interesting prints after the fabric is prepared and then steamed.
Miriam Stewart Murrell
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 am a classically-taught tapestry weaver, having received an apprenticeship in a tapestry studio, Handarbetets Vanner, in Stockholm, Sweden. After coming home and weaving as a solo tapestry artist, I realized that I really wanted to make clothing, and so started my career.
I have been making women’s clothing since 1975.I have been an exhibiting studio artist since 1976.
Traveling all over the country, I exhibited in outdoor and indoor venues, and won several prizes along the way. I now am hearing from some long-term patrons who tell me that their grand-daughters are now wearing the skirts and tops that they bought in the early eighties.There is something special about this : hand-made treasures last more than a lifetime!
Took art classes, majored in art history. learned to sew in middle school. put it all together with my love for lively, but clean geometric form and a distinct fashion point of view and 60’s influence and there I am.http://www.sondrasardis.com