We are makers, creators and artists whose work primarily features natural or synthetic fibers, including textiles, fabrics, paper, reed, yarn, thread, and more. Through Missouri Fiber Artists, we unite as a community that shares a love of fiber. Our work often is intended to evoke meaning that goes beyond the materials.
NEWEST MoFA MEMBERS
Kate Howell–Rolla, MO
Tracy Back–Wildwood, MO
Annie Scheumbauer–St. Louis, MO
Ana Sumner–Glen Carbon, IL
Judy Humphrey–Lonedell, MO
Kim Caldwell–Troy, IL
Nancy Sinise–St. Louis, MO
Linda Waugh–St. Louis, MO
Mary Hunter–Gladstone, MO
Wendy Carter Richards–Manchester, MO
Jayme Burchett–Branson, MO
Alex Ravsten–Provo, UT
Constance Crenshaw–Athens, GA
Jenny Chicone–Columbia, MO
Erica Stewart–Cleveland, TN
Where do you live and where did you grow up?
I live across the KC MO state line in Leawood, Kansas. I am a Kansas City MO native. I went to St Francis Xavier grade school, Loretto High School, Benedictine College for a short period, then onto KC Art Institute. My teaching certificate qualifications & Masters in Art Education are from Avila University & Mid America Nazarene, all in the KC area. I taught K-12 art for over 20 years in neighboring Blue Valley school district. Presently, I am retired from K-12 teaching and am at liberty & happily unsupervised!!
Please describe your artwork. Why is this your chosen medium? How long have you been creating?
Painting was my major at KCAI & I practiced & exhibited painting, drawing, pastel & printmaking for many years. My childhood roots were centered on fiber, especially crochet & sewing. Eventually, around 2000, I found my way back to painting and dyeing on cloth, which evolved into extensive surface design and sewn & quilted constructions. I was very involved with Surface Design Association early on & had opportunities to take workshops & to learn from many outstanding & inspiring artists. I was very attracted to the act of piecing and quilting wall pieces I design all my own fabric. My attraction to quilting is natural for me & also a bit mysterious. But I think it ok not to be able to verbally explain everything about one’s art! … The heart wants what it wants. I am enamored with pattern design & the historical “making do” aspects of quilt making. For my practice, wall quilts have an elemental quality that’s evocative of comfort, protection & familiarity, even though the subject matter may not conform to those issues, it’s a platform that Ii feel comfortable with.
How long have you been a member of MoFA? What benefits have you gotten or do you expect, to get from being involved?
I am really bad at remembering dates… I’ve been a MoFA member in the past and am currently a member for almost a year. In the past, as a volunteer with SDA I coordinated events with local MoFA artists. The fellowship is very important and I am grateful for local MoFA meetings. I hope to take part in exhibitions. I am looking forward to teaching a workshop at next year’s convention. The subject will be using online digital printing on demand services (like Spoonflower) to create fabric.
Personal information that you would like to share or any other details you feel are important (family, other hobbies and interests).
I enjoy giving presentations, workshops and lectures. I’ve been a volunteer with other fiber art organizations and have spent time organizing, planning & executing events, and writing articles. My husband Ali and I have been married for 40 years and have two wonderful sons. About 3 years ago I discovered racquetball, fell in love with the game & play 3 times a week! After retiring I do not have to limit my flower gardening to summer months only and I spend a lot of time playing in the dirt! Photography and digital image manipulations are other favorites.
Recent exhibitions, current projects and where can we see your work?
Currently my interests are centered around creating work that incorporates the digital printing my photos on cloth. These works are large scale & quilted, so far. I am beginning a series which fits into the theme, “Vanitas”. In sixteenth through seventeenth Century art history, “Vanita” is a category of symbolic painting. The name refers to subject matter that illustrates the temporary, fleeting nature of life. I am a big Eckhart Tolle reader, and his ideation, “All forms are temporary” reflect my more recent life experiences and my desire to express this philosophy in my work.
Recent exhibits include:
“Finding Our Voices”, Lenexa Kansas, City Hall Gallery
“Transgressing Traditions International Exhibit”, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY2015 “Digital Alchemy” Special exhibit at International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas.
“Midwest Metaphors: A Regional Studio Art Quilts Association (SAQA) Showcase”, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
You can find my work and writing in the following publications:
An online article, “How I Build Textile Arts Community in Kansas and Missouri” published by Surface Design Association ARTICLE
Contributing artist, “Creative Strength Training” by Jane Dunnewold. Published by North Light Books ORDER
Publication of “Unheard”, Spoonflower Company October BLOG
Art Quilting Studio, Featured artist, “Artist Portfolio – Mary Elmusa”, written by Rice Freeman-Zachery, Winter 2012 edition of Art Quilting Studio, Stampington Publications, pages 48-57 ARTICLE
Publication of my piece “Insight” in Lark Book’s 500 Art Quilts. To order Winter 2012 magazine: ORDER
My website: www.maryelmusa.com
Speaking of Fibers 2017
The reception is over, but you can still see this Fabulous show until December 15!
Speaking of Fibers! 2017 is a Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) members’ biennial; juried exhibit, exploring fiber forms and materials. Our 2017 exhibit theme is “An Altered Environment”.
Exhibit Dates: November 9 thru December 15, 2017
RECEPTION: October 6
Fiber Squared is a Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) members’ only show. This is a juried exhibit, continuing to explore small fiber artworks on a 12 x 12 x ¾ gallery wrapped canvas. Any form of fiber or fiber method may be used. Entries may include 12 x 12’s that were shown in previous shows, and made at any time, using members’ original concept. Details
RECEPTION: October 20
Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) members’ only show. This is a juried exhibit, of “Wearable” Art. Any form of fiber or fiber method may be used. Works shown in any previous show may be entered. Details
MoFA 2018 Statewide Conference
Celebrating Forty Years of Missouri Fiber Artists
When: March 23-25, 2018
Location: St. Charles Community College
Accommodations: Drury Inn, St. Peters
Conference Chairman: Rhonda Schrum
Keynote Speaker: Dawn Edwards–Owner, Felt So Right
Membership Exhibit–Functional Fibers
Fiber Artists got their start by creating functional pieces for use around their homes. They used their creative talents to turn function into beautiful pieces of art. This show will feature useful household items such as baskets, containers, quilts, linens, etc. *Please enter your wearables in the fashion show. More info