Cameron Taylor-Brown was introduced to textiles by artist Ed Rossbach at UC Berkeley, studied design at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (PCT&S) and worked as a fabric stylist in New York. She subsequently taught textile design and worked as an exhibition curator at PCT&S. Since 1985, Taylor-Brown has lived in Los Angeles, where she founded ARTSgarage, a textile resource center. Her work is widely exhibited and is featured in publications including American Craft Magazine, Fiber Art Now, Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot and the Common Thread. She teaches workshops at ARTSgarage, schools, guilds, museums and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. She is a past president of California Fibers, on the advisory boards of the Fowler Textile Council and Textile Arts|Los Angeles, and serves on the education committee for the Handweavers Guild of America.
Growing up in Bradford, Yorkshire, the center of the UK wool and worsted industry, is integral to Margaret’s weave/design passion. Her early introduction to computers (1970’s) along with teaching spinning, dyeing, and weaving led her to focus on digital design and weave structures, prompting a return to college in the Digital Design department. She has completed college studies in graphic design with concentrations in web design and digital approaches to weave design. She is the author of four weaving-related books, Fit 2 be Tied~a digital approach, Designing 4 the Future~a digital weave primer, 2 be Tied or Not 2 be Tied, and 4-8 Weave!. She has received national awards in knit design and weaving.
Donna Kallner puts a contemporary spin on ancient textile techniques, in work that celebrates traditional skills and reflects the landscape of her home in rural northern Wisconsin. Donna produces a series of e-books and video-based online looping courses and is the author of New Age Looping: A Handbook for Fiber Artists. Older than weaving or knitting, looping is an ancient technique with many names, countless variations and exciting contemporary applications. Learn more about looping at donnakallnerfiberart.com.
Wynne Mattila wove her first rug in 1985 at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota and before it was finished, she knew she was a rug weaver for life. Wynne’s goal is always to use color to its full potential to create a beautiful rug. ‘I weave in what I call the ‘Finnish- Style’ with new brightly-colored cotton fabric strips cut one-inch wide on a 15-ply Finnish cotton warp sett at 5 ends per inch. I work with fabrics designed for quilters. My specialty is color blending using the alternating 3-shuttle technique. The off-white warp I use becomes a blank canvas on which I am able to paint with colored fabrics-the design of the rug is created solely by the arrangement of the weft strips. I love this visual process in which each shot of fabric plays a part in the overall design.’ Wynne is writing a book, Warming the Room with Color-Weaving Finnish-Style Cotton Rugs. In her book, she walks the reader through her creative design process and includes techniques she considers to be essential for rug weaving.’
Jennifer Moore holds an MFA in Fibers and specializes in exploring mathematical patterns and musical structures in doubleweave wall hangings. She has exhibited throughout the world, receiving numerous awards for her work, and has been featured in many weaving publications. Jennifer lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and travels extensively to teach workshops in doubleweave, color and geometric design. Jennifer was invited to teach doubleweave to indigenous Quechua weavers in Peru in 2013, where they are once again excelling in this technique which had been discontinued after the Spanish conquest. She is the author of The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave, several doubleweave videos, and numerous articles.
Her Weaving emphasis is on fashion and home decor fabrics. She has worked extensively on rigid heddle through multi-shaft computer-aided looms. Weaving offers her the mental challenge to stimulate her toward her goals and she loves to share and pass on what she has learned.
Janney Simpson began weaving in the early 1980’s. She teaches weaving at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown CT and at The Barn in Gaylord, MI and relishes the ‘ah-ha’ moment when new weavers throw a shuttle for the first time. Janney is a past President, Apprentice, and Weaver of Distinction of the Handweavers’ Guild of CT. Also a member of Complex Weavers and Japanese Textile Study Group, she enjoys sharing her interest in Sakiori weaving using vintage silk kimono. She has presented many workshops and lectures on Finishing and Embellishing Handwovens, Knitted Beaded Bags, Sakiori, Deflected Double Weave, and Weaving with Fibers of Micronesia. Privileged to be a student for four years in Laurie Autio’s class, Explorations in Advanced Weaving, Janney strives to create one-of-a-kind pieces using a variety of fibers and weave structures on many types of looms.
Barbara J. Walker is passionate about weaving and fiber interlacements. She is an active member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen, has exhibited her work internationally, holds HGA’s Master Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving, and has conducted workshops and seminars in the US, England and Canada. She is an enthusiastic educator and has had numerous articles published in major weaving publications. She published Supplementary Warp Patterning: Turned Drafts, Embellishments & Motifs in 2016 and Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns: Interpreting Weave Structures in Ply-Split Braiding in 2012.
Some would say that Rhonda was born with a needle in her hand. Her first project was an embroidered handkerchief that she made with the help of her grandmother at the age of five. Once in high school, she took every sewing and design class that her school offered. Having nothing more to offer, she was sent to the local community college where she had the opportunity to study fashion illustration and costume design. While in college, she took the limited fashion design classes that were offered, but finally had the opportunity to truly hone her skills at Ray College of Design in Chicago where she graduated with a degree in Fashion Design. In her final year, Rhonda won numerous awards for her designs, including fur and millinery awards. After graduating, Rhonda worked as a designer for a dress manufacturer. From there she did costume design and returned to teach tailoring and design at Ray College. In recent years, Rhonda began writing for Sew News Magazine. She has also been featured in Threads magazine, Sew It All, and Sew Stylish. Her design made the Spring 2014 cover for Sew Stylish magazine. In 2012, Rhonda won The People’s Choice Award in the Passion For Fashion competition at the American Sewing Expo. In 2013, her design won third place. In her popular blog, Rhonda’s Creative Life (www.sewbussted.com) Rhonda features easy to make designs made from simple shapes. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge and believes that everyone can sew and create. They just need the basic knowledge.
Julia Daniels is a production weaver who has been weaving for 25 years. She is a member of the Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild, Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo, Inc. and Michigan League of Handweavers. She has taken several classes through all three guilds over the years. Feeding her passion for weaving she has collected over 20 looms and converted the top floor of her barn into a weaving studio where she now teaches weaving. Julie loves making items to sell and is always open to new ideas for products. She has recently shared a towel pattern she designed with WEBS America's Yarn Store that they are going to market. While she is weaving one pattern, there are always 2-3 more ideas fighting to be woven next.
Lori has been interested in fibers for most of her life. This interest started when she was 8 learning to knit and progressed to include most fiber related crafts. She learned to spin 30 years ago in Australia. A background in chemistry and interest in growing plants lead her to try natural dyeing. Demonstrating dyeing through a Viking reenactment group expanded her knowledge. She has been learning about natural dyeing for over 15 years after dabbling with the dyes and seeing what colors are possible. This expanded to a desire to see the full range of colors possible, using a range of mordants and modifiers and be able to reproduce those colors. Lori sources many dye materials locally from fields and forests. She also has been growing many dye plants on her farm. Expanding the range of colors possible from locally sourced materials, including Japanese indigo and madder, is a pastime she greatly enjoys and with it a desire to share her knowledge with other interested dyers. She lives on her farm in Allegan where she grows dye plants, organic vegetables, fruits, and more with her partner, sheep, geese, kittens, and many chickens.
Karin Fish is a self-taught 3D fiber artist. Originally trained as a graphic designer, she attended Northern Michigan for their BFA program and made her career in marketing and design. She left the corporate world, about 5 years ago, to pursue the fiber arts and feed her ravenous creativity. Karin has always felt comforted by the feel of wool – in her hands, wrapped around her body, and now as an art medium. She manipulates, sculpts, and shapes wool into wearable art and 3D sculptures – including commissions of personal pets. The texture, colors, diversity, and limitless possibilities fiber offers is so varied, there appears to be no limit in the exploration of this wonderful fiber art world.
Jeanne Hoin, ChiChi Van Dyke, and Margaret Jager
Jeanne Hoin, ChiChi Van Dyke, and Margaret Jager are members of the Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While they actually are all weavers, they pursue a variety of textile crafts. Jeanne is an accomplished card weaver, and has done custom card weaving for a man restoring the interior of an antique Cadillac. She has done a great deal of braiding and has attended international braiding conferences. ChiChi spent a year in Peru over thirty years ago when she and her husband worked with Habitat for Humanity. That she was the mother of two toddlers at the time did not keep her from amassing a lovely collection of native textiles. Her own weaving reflects the bright colors of South America. Margaret is a spinner who weaves yardage and knits garments from handspun yarns. While Jeanne and ChiChi are interested in backstrap weaving, Margaret is not. It's too hard on the anatomy!
Denise Holmes retired from a career in health care which included administering health care programs for the state of Michigan and for the MSU College of Human Medicine. She now spends her time in northern Michigan engaged in gardening, charitable works for health care organizations, and the fiber arts. Denise has been a long time knitter but has recently expanded her interests over the past few years into spinning, dyeing, eco- dyeing, felting, and a little weaving. She regularly attends the SOMA Mushroom camp in California and always comes home to Michigan with new ideas for mushroom dyeing for workshops and seminars.
Julie Hurd retired from a university career in teaching, research, and administration. She now supports arts and environmental organizations through volunteer activities. She spins, knits, dyes fibers, and weaves, focusing on art-to-wear and household textiles. Julie studied mushroom and lichen dyeing in classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She especially enjoys teaching weaving and natural dyeing classes and workshops at meetings and conferences. She is a member of the Handweavers Guild of America and the Michigan League of Handweavers.
Born in the former Soviet Union, Anna Kocherovsky is a tapestry artist whose tapestries combine figurative and abstraction to explore the nuances of color, shape, and composition. Anna’s tapestries are and have been exhibited in the USA, Canada, and the UK, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum and MLH’s Seventh Biennial Fiber Exhibit at the Ella Sharp Museum, where she received the Juror Choice Award. Her tapestries have been featured in a number of publications, including FiberArts (Nov/Dec 1998), Handwoven International Tapestry Journal (2002-2003) and Weaving New Rhythms: Diary 2002, an illustrated diary for the year 2002 which features the work of Textile Artists . As a member of the American Tapestry Alliance, she has also volunteered her skills as a graphic designer and created several exhibition catalogs and publications. Visit her website at: www.tapestrystudio.com
Katie Platte/The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC)
Katie is a graduate of the Studio Art Program at Grand Valley State University. She completed an internship at the Women’s Studio Workshop, an arts organization specializing in book arts in Rosendale, New York. Kati manages the KBAC studio, supervises interns and volunteers, manages the website, and installs exhibitions in the KBAC Gallery. She has supervised the printing of over 100 KBAC Poets in Print broadsides, working with writers and artists to facilitate the collaborations. She works primarily in intaglio printmaking and letterpress in her own work. The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) practices, teaches, and promotes the collaborative arts of the book: papermaking, printmaking, letterpress, bookbinding, and creative writing, through preserving and employing traditional technologies and combining them with contemporary ideas and techniques to reinvigorate the collaborative arts of the book.
Elizabeth Royal is a maker, mender, and photographer. She lives in a 1920’s fixer upper in Detroit with her two dogs, two cats, and husband. During the day she’s an instructional designer but after work you can find her tackling projects in her studio – photography, Kintsugi, and visible mending. Elizabeth got her start sewing clothes for herself as a child with the help of her mother. This lead to a professional sewing opportunity in a historical textile repair firm where she worked on stabilizing and repairing pieces held in museums and private collections around the world. She now uses those skills to teach workshops to makers and menders around the Detroit area. Learn more at www.instagram.com/menddetroit or www.elizabethroyal.com
Joan Sheridan is a weaver, knitter, spinner, fiber explorer and owner of Heritage Spinning and Weaving, a brick and mortar retail store, since 2000. Trained as an educator and curriculum developer by the US Army, she is a natural teacher. She attended College for Creative Studies and graduated from Wayne State University. Joan volunteers one day a week in the textile conservation department at The Henry Ford Museum. Her love for Norway has infected her weaving on both the inkle and floor looms and has led to a fascination with the krokbragd weaving technique. She has taught and presented at TNNA, MFF, CNCH, NML&WF, Midwest Fiber & Folk, The Clearing Folk School, Sauder Village Fiber Arts Festival, on-tour in Norway, SOAR and for guilds and shops. She has more than 50 published knitting patterns and has had articles in Alpaca, Handwoven, Wild Fibers, and Spin-Off magazines.