Dawn Edwards is a felt artist and tutor based in Plainwell, Michigan USA. She sells her work under the label ‘Felt So Right’ and teaches extensively within the USA and internationally. Her felt art has appeared in numerous exhibitions, shows, magazines and books, including Ellen Bakker's book Worldwide Colours of Felt, several issues of the Australian 'FELT' Magazine, the International Feltmakers Association ‘Felt Matters’ journal, the HGA journal ‘Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot’, the Russian magazine 'Felt Fashion', her 'Blue Coral' felt hat was chosen to appear in the summer 2019 ‘Fiber Art Now Felt: Fiber Transformed’, and most recently several of Dawn’s beaded felt hats appeared in the International Feltmakers ‘Reconnect’ Exhibition.
Dawn is a member of the Signature Artists’ Cooperative in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is also the co-coordinator of the not-for-profit group, 'Felt United', which currently has over 7,300 members, with the goal of uniting feltmakers from all around the world through a yearly themed project. Felt United is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of October, uniting feltmakers through various forms of celebrating all things felt.
I’ve worked with textiles and embroidery since I was a child. I learned to sew on a sewing machine at an early age and then became fascinated with learning to do tapestry while in high school. Learning to handspin yarn and weave on a floor loom added to my continuing intrigue with textiles.
Creating my own fabric, by using techniques such as hand weaving, hand spinning; dyeing using both indigo and Procion dyes on natural fabrics and disperse dyes in transfer prints on synthetic fabric; shibori stitching and resists, discharge, printing and painting using my own stencils and stamps, monoprinting, hand and machine stitching, felting, fabric construction, needle-sculpting, and photo transfers, became an important part of my work. The organic forms in nature pulled me emotionally, especially after being in Japan’s lush greenness during my year there as a student. Leaves are an iconic form and consistently appear in my work.
Currently, I’m exploring using collage in both 2-D work as well as on a three-dimensional surface with embroidered and hand stitched connections. Creating improvisational embroidered collages, especially using my house and home as a favorite theme, as well as abstract pieces that are asymmetrical in shape continues to fascinate and influence my textile work.
Linda Hartshorn is a weaver and dyer, known for her unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. Linda weaves and dyes in her home on the redwood coast of northern California, and teaches weaving at the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka. Linda enjoys leading workshops and brings her positive, fun and supportive teaching style to events all over the country. She is a two time recipient of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award for spinners, weavers and dyers.
I'm a weaver, dyer and "free-range seamstress" who loves painted warps, collapse techniques, and extended parallel threadings -- all to make colorful, textured cloth used in garments for teaching, shows and sales. My pieces have been juried into the HGA Convergence fashion shows since 2008. About 20 years ago I started teaching at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center here in Rochester, NY, and now I also teach on Zoom and at conferences and guilds in Australia, Canada and the United States.
Working out of my home, I weave on a 32-shaft Louet Megado, 16-shaft Toika Eeva, a 16-shaft Germaine table loom and a 12-shaft LeClerc table loom.
Ruby Leslie is a full-time weaver and studio artist in northern Vermont, designing handwovens as Ruby Charuby Weavings. Using off the shelf commercial yarn, Ruby has developed design techniques for creating stunning textiles that appear custom-dyed or hand-painted. Her experience designing swatches for Handwoven magazine’s ‘Color Forecast’ series, and her deep-rooted enthusiasm for sampling and experimenting led to the development of her classes. Ruby has taught above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway and Greenland, at Convergences, regional conferences and guilds throughout the US. She was one of three weaver/designer teams invited by the Handweavers Guild of America to create a collaborative runway ensemble for the second Design Fashion Challenge at Convergence 2010 in Albuquerque, NM.
The rhythms of her looms inspired her children to produce a rap music video “Getya Loom Goin” for their “Ma, the Weava”: http://www.youtube.com/user/WFLLTV
Deborah Silver graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art as a Fiber major. Her works have been shown in many national juried exhibitions and have received numerous awards, including First Place and the award for excellence in complex weaving at “Complexity 2018”. In 2019, she published The Technique of Split-shed Weaving, a book for 4-shaft weavers, illustrating the split-shed weaving process and the myriad structures that can be woven with this method. She is a 2015 recipient of a Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Fellowship Grant and the winner of a 2019 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.
“The Technique of Split-shed Weaving”, Windjammer Publishing, 2019
“On Creativity During the Pandemic”, Complex Weavers Journal, Issue 123, June 2020, pp. 5-8.
“Split-Shed Double Weave”, Complex Weavers Journal, Issue 125, Feb. 2021, pp. 13-16.