Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Focus: Fiber 2011-12

So it is finally the opening week for Focus: Fiber 2011-12. We have worked all summer accepting entries, putting together a pdf for the juror, Dorothy Caldwell, notifying the entrants, collecting the work and hanging the show. Thankfully Canton Museum of Art hung the show for us!
We spent a day with Dorothy, Louise Mackie, the Cleveland Museum of Art Islamic and Textile curator, the head of the Canton Museum, Karen Hinkle, TAA president, Marty Young, program chairwoman, Kathy Fleeher and Lynnda Arrasmith  both of the Canton Museum. Friday, Dorothy honored us with a talk on her art.
So what are these poor women doing?
Blind stitching!
Part of Dorothy's Kantha workshop. An exercise to loosen up your stitching. Which it did!

This is a collection of our blind stitching samples. Mine is bottom center.

And here is Dorothy showing Kantha examples. The class was packed with examples, books, slides and a short film on the women of India working their magical stitching. And lots of stitching time packed into two days. A very fun, exciting class.

And not to brag, but the center piece of art in the first photo is my quilt. I think it is the second time I have seen it hung vertically. It was too large for my walls. The show is up until March 4, 2012. Check out taacleveland.org for info on this show and 4 others in the greater Cleveland area being held the next 3 months.


  1. I think I will look a wee bit crazy but I am going to try this blind stitching exercise in my very public studio LOL! Blessings, Mary Helen

  2. Thank you for posting these pictures and information. It was a grand weekend and week!

  3. Thank you for posting these photos Mary Ann. It was a Fabulous weekend and best class experience this Fall!