Regional Reps

Natalie Turner-Jones
REGIONAL REP - ST. LOUIS
Natalie is a St. Louis-based teacher and artist working in theatre, fibers, ceramics, and mixed media. She approaches her work through mindfulness-based practices, which facilitates a playful, spacious, and compassionate process and environment. Her formal education and training is in classical acting, movement, and Buddhist practice. After practicing meditation for a few years, her creative work began to expand in scope to include quilting, embroidery, surface design, brush work, wet and needle felting, weaving, clothing design, and jewelry making – all of which are self-taught. She has been taking pottery classes at Krueger Pottery since January 2015.
Becky Stevens
REGIONAL REP — KANSAS CITY

Becky Stevens is a fiber artist in the Greater Kansas City area. She’s a lifelong fiber artist from a multi-generational line of fiber artists. Her mother recognized her affinity for all things fiber and made sure she had ample supplies growing up. While getting her BFA she managed to get fiber work in every medium. After college she moved outside of Kansas City and got a couple of sheep and a goat. Her art moved heavily into working with wool, mostly weaving and felt. She likes to combine stitch with both.

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Bonnie Black
REGIONAL REP — SOUTH CENTRAL

Bonnie Black is a retired art education professor who moved back to Missouri and lives in the house her family moved into when she was 10 years old. She is a fiber artist and works in several different areas. She started out as a weaver in college and now works with felting, bookmaking, basketry, beading, and several other areas.

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Suzanne Thompson
REGIONAL REP— SOUTHEAST

Suzanne Thompson is a fiber collagist and iconographer who asks a lot of questions, and so does her artwork. She presents simple images, vibrant with color, that are made with fabric, wood, rope, metal, and whatever she feels is “right.” She graduated from Berea College with a foundation in traditional art and moved on to Florida State University to study sculpture. The juxtaposition of the two schools seems perfectly natural when she reminds you she wants to know everything.

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Sharon Eley
REGIONAL REP— OUT-OF-STATE

Sharon Eley is a graduate of Michigan State University, Newport News University and Rio Grand University. She has been an educator for 40 years and recently an experimental artist upon retiring from teaching. Sharon is a member of the Missouri Fiber Artists, International Society of Experimental Artists, Society of Layerists in Mixed Media, National Watercolor Society, Ohio Watercolor Society and the Chillicothe Art League. Her painting mediums include watercolor, fluid acrylics and a variety of polymer mediums. Her art form includes mixed media, digital prints, collage, fiber, handmade books, eco dyeing and quilts. Her themes often evolve around organic shapes and nature. Sharon’s work can be found in The New Creative Collage Techniques by Nita Leland. Her work is also found in There’s No Place Like Home published by the Society of Layerists in Mixed Media through Blurb and in Susan St. Johns A Walk Into Abstracts: How Did They Do That? Sharon has also published a book entitled God Around Us, which is composed of both her black and white photos and poetry. Sharon continues to explore and experiment in surface design on paper and cloth discovering a variety of mixed media and collage techniques. Her work can be found at the Pumphouse Art Gallery and Picture This Art Gallery in Chillicothe, Ohio.

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Anita Grant
REGIONAL CO-REP - SOUTHWEST
Anita Grant has been a weaver for over 30 years. She has four floor looms and many Inkle looms and likes to dabble in a variety of fiber techniques, but weaving is her favorite. In addition to MoFA, Anita is a member of Springfield Fiber Artists and the St. Louis Weaver's Guild.
Marty Corcoran
REGIONAL CO-REP - SOUTHWEST
Marty Corcoran has been fascinated by fiber arts since 1974. She enjoys weaving, dyeing, spinning, and learning new techniques.
Pam Gainor
REGIONAL CO-REP - COLUMBIA
I’ve been garment sewing since seventh grade. I enjoy all things fiber related from dyeing, rusting, quilting to knitting. I also am learning encaustic, watercolor and oil painting and really liking the idea of combining these with fibers.
Jan Swaney
REGIONAL CO-REP - COLUMBIA
I learned to sew on my mom's treadle Singer sewing machine as soon as I could reach the pedal, but left it all behind for several decades until I chanced to wander into Britex Fabrics in San Francisco and couldn't pull myself away until I'd fingered almost everything throughout the four floors. That experience helped awaken me to the fact that I love the the tactile nature of all things fiber, and am now exploring modern forms and themes with cloth, paper, thread, rust, dye, paint, ink, found objects and encaustic wax.

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