Rhonda Schrum

PRESIDENT

I am a retired art teacher who currently teaches art classes to adults through St. Charles Community College, Project LEADD and several galleries. I am on the board of the St. Charles County Arts Council where I frequently exhibit stitching, surface design and crochet works at their Lillian Yahn Gallery.

Becky Stevens

VICE PRESIDENT

My fiber art journey started in childhood. My grandmother, a seamstress, encouraged my love of textiles. My mother, a fiber artist and teacher, taught me unconventional approaches to fiber. I learned to crochet by using my hands (she did let me wear gloves) with bailing twine which we used to make large wall hangings. I earned my BFA in sculpture and design but my medium was always fiber. I love weaving, felting, dyeing, stitching, and recently added encaustic to my bag of tricks. I teach and exhibit in the Kansas City area. My community arts activism includes a seat on the board of the Kansas City Weavers Guild from 2006 – 2017, a founding member of the Feltmakers Federation (regional group of felt artists) and the founder of Surface Design Master Classes for the Kansas City Weavers Guild.

Melissa Whitwam

SECRETARY

Kay Erb

TREASURER

Coming Soon

Phyllis Shipman

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

I have always been drawn to fibers since taking sewing in 4-H and then teaching myself to knit at age 12. I realized at a later stage in my life that I wanted to work with fibers in a more artistic way. I accomplished this by receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts and focusing on different fiber media and techniques.

Kacey Cowdery

EXHIBITIONS CO-CHAIR

I earned a BFA from Maryville University, with a major in Interior Design.  Working with architects, I produced interior architectural design, furniture and carpet designs and color schemes. Grids from architecture have crossed over into my fiber art. I have helped to arrange state-wide exhibitions, by taking on the position of co-coordinator of Exhibitions for Missouri Fiber Artists. Currently, I am developing a computer presentation for MoFA.

Candy Grisham

EXHIBITIONS CO-CHAIR

I have been quilting since high school and am self taught. I work with all types of quilting: hand piecing, machine piecing, appliqué and I now do longarm quilting for myself and others. I am currently experimenting with art quilts and fiber manipulation, and basically love anything to do with fabric. my passion is sharing fun and new techniques and aspects of quilting with others and have taught quilting classes for local and state quilds networks and shops in the St. Louis area. In addition I have shown quilts in Paducah and Houston shows along with local and state quilt shows. I lives in Washington, Missouri with my husband, and love to hike, garden, read and travel.

Carol Zeman

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

I am a retired graphic Designer/Art Director who had just been waiting to go back to fine art. Fiber art, papermaking, non-traditional baskets and sculptural forms are what I love, with a little photography and digital art on the side.  I reside in Osage Beach at Lake of the Ozarks.

Deb Lewis

NEWSLETTER CO-EDITOR

I am from St. Louis.  I work in surface design with all types of dyeing.  I also am delving into book making.  I like to use found objects and up-cycled materials.  Hand stitching is playing a big role in my work.

Mary Ehlmann

WEB EDITOR AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Coming from a broad artistic background, I have painted and drawn my whole life, and have dabbled in air-brushing, papermaking, cross-stitch and ceramics. Painting seems to be my medium of choice these days. I graduated from Webster University with a BA in graphic design and fine art, and am currently employed with a career in marketing. In my spare time, I get my camera out and shoot away, bringing my next inspiration to the forefront.

Becky Stevens

PARLIAMENTARIAN

My fiber art journey started in childhood. My grandmother, a seamstress, encouraged my love of textiles. My mother, a fiber artist and teacher, taught me unconventional approaches to fiber. I learned to crochet by using my hands (she did let me wear gloves) with bailing twine which we used to make large wall hangings. I earned my BFA in sculpture and design but my medium was always fiber. I love weaving, felting, dyeing, stitching, and recently added encaustic to my bag of tricks. I teach and exhibit in the Kansas City area. My community arts activism includes a seat on the board of the Kansas City Weavers Guild from 2006 – 2017, a founding member of the Feltmakers Federation (regional group of felt artists) and the founder of Surface Design Master Classes for the Kansas City Weavers Guild.

EXHIBITIONS PUBLICITY CHAIR

After a failed childhood attempt to sew a terrible purple polyester skirt while my grandmother sighed and ripped out my stitches it is a wonder I ever learned to love working with cloth. It was weaving potholders on a frame that first sparked my dedication to working with textiles. As an adult, I bought my first loom and began weaving cloth, eventually specializing in fine lace using silk and linen. Years later quilting hooked me when I first saw batik fabrics. Since then I have fully embraced creating art with cloth. I happily dye, print and paint my own cloth and feel quite happy spending countless hours embroidering or stitching the surface of an art quilt on my machine. I love the process of creating pattern, color and texture with my own hands. It’s been a much loved and colorful road and my profession for the past 25 years resulting in my work traveling to exhibits, numerous awards and being purchased for private collections.

Jennifer Wax

SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR

I enjoy art quilting, book and basket making and am a retired art teacher who loves spending time in my studio.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

I am a Studio Art MFA Candidate with an emphasis in fibers living in Columbia, Missouri.

My initial introduction to fiber art was my grandma trying to teach me crochet when I was 6 years old. I never got past chaining with her. My older brother and I on a whim decided to try picking it up again in college; he figured it out, but I couldn’t get it. By the fourth or fifth attempt at teaching myself, I finally got it. In the meantime, I also created pen and ink drawings that were essentially 2 dimensional crochet – just circles on circles.

My second taste of fiber art was learning papermaking while pursuing my Bachelors of Art at Webster University in St. Louis. My longing for access to a paper studio motivated me to apply to the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Currently, I create experimental weavings on deconstructed found objects – in this case, parts of a piano – and translate these weavings into music.

I was an artist for the 2016 Tigers on the Prowl, am a member of the Columbia Art League, and have exhibited at Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis, MO.

Katherine Ehlmann

PAST PRESIDENT

I am a Surface Design, Fiber and Mixed Media Artist living in St. Charles County Missouri. My initial work with fabric began in eighth grade where I started sewing as a creative endeavor. I am mostly self-taught and have no actual degree in Art. My art education was acquired by taking painting and design classes at several local Community Colleges, and various hands on workshops. I am a member of Missouri Fiber Artists, Surface Design Association, St. Charles County Arts Council, and a Juried member of Best of Missouri Hands.

REGIONAL REPS

REGIONAL REP - ST. LOUIS

As a St. Louis-based teacher and artist working in theatre, fibers, ceramics, and mixed media, my approach to my work is through mindfulness-based practices, which facilitates a playful, spacious, and compassionate process and environment. My formal education and training is in classical acting, movement, and Buddhist practice. After practicing meditation for a few years, my 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. I have been taking pottery classes at Krueger Pottery since January 2015.

REGIONAL CO-REP - St. Louis

STL born and raised.  I’m constantly expanding my knowledge for new crafts and skills while simultaneously narrowing my focus on fiber processing, spinning, and knitting.  I travel to several fiber festivals a year taking classes and adding to a never ending collection of wool & fiberous friends.
Bonnie Black

REGIONAL REP - SOUTH CENTRAL

I am a retired art education professor who moved back to Missouri and lives in the house my family moved into when I was 10 years old. While i started out as a weaver in college, my fiber art today branches into several different areas, including felting, bookmaking, basketry and beading.

REGIONAL REP - SOUTHEAST

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REGIONAL C0-REP - SOUTHWEST

I have been a weaver for over 30 years. I currently have four floor looms and many Inkle looms and I like to dabble in a variety of fiber techniques, but weaving is my favorite. In addition to MoFA, I am a member of Springfield Fiber Artists and the St. Louis Weaver’s Guild.

REGIONAL REP - SOUTHWEST

I have been fascinated by fiber arts since 1974, enjoying weaving, dyeing, spinning, and learning new techniques.

Jennifer Wax

REGIONAL REP - COLUMBIA

I enjoy art quilting, book and basket making and am a retired art teacher who loves spending time in my studio.

REGIONAL REP - COLUMBIA

I live in Poplar Bluff, MO and retired after 32 years as a licensed Clinical Social worker. My art education consists of informal, autodidactic, workshops focused design.

Selected exhibitions:
Ruth Baggett Gallery, Paducah, KY. , Solo Show
Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Poplar Bluff, MO Solo Show
Tinen Fine Arts Center, Three Rivers College, Poplar Bluff, MO. Solo Show
Springfield-Branson Regional Airport exhibit
Art St. Louis, Juried exhibit, Award of Excellence
International Invitational Exhibit, Taiwan
Whistler House Art Museum, Lowell, MA., juried exhibit, Best of Show.
Regional Arts Council, Cape Girardeau, Solo Show
National Park Service, invitational exhibit, Baker City, OR
Cordova Art Museum, Cordova, AK. Best of Show
Sacred Threads, juried exhibit, selected for promotional material
MOAK 4 State Regional, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO.
Riffe Art Gallery, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, Ohio
Craft National, Zoller Gallery, PA.
International Quilt Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Collected Works:
U.S. State Department, Art in Embassies Program
4 pieces in the DRC, Africa
Other works in Pakistan, Chad, Brazzaville, and Djubuti.

Publications:
The Natural World, art quilt book
Art Quilt Collector
Portfolio, an annual book published by SAQA
Cover of Portfolio 23, 2017, and 2018
Art Quilt magazine, 2 articles
Missouri Conservationist magazine, Cover

REGIONAL REP - OUT-OF-STATE

After graduating from Michigan State University, Newport News University and Rio Grand University, I became an educator, spanning 40 years, and recently an experimental artist upon retiring. My painting mediums include watercolor, fluid acrylics and a variety of polymer mediums, and my forms include mixed media, digital prints, collage, fiber, handmade books, eco dyeing and quilts. The themes I choose often evolve around organic shapes and nature. Some of my work can be found in The New Creative Collage Techniques by Nita Leland, 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? You can find work composed of both black and white photos and poetry in a published book entitled God Around Us. I continue to explore and experiment in surface design on paper and cloth discovering a variety of mixed media and collage techniques. My work can be found at the Pumphouse Art Gallery and Picture This Art Gallery in Chillicothe, Ohio. I am 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.

Dora Agbas

REGIONAL REP - GREATER KANSAS CITY

I grew up in Hungary, where I studied to be a research biologist. Settling in
Kansas, I continued working as a neuroscientist, but creative self-expression through art making became more important to me in the last decade. As in my day job, experimentation is an important part of my artistic process. My favorite techniques include drawing, collage, screen printing, free motion machine stitching and modern hand embroidery as expression of line and texture.

Besides MoFA, I am a member of the exhibiting art quilt group, Edge, since 2012
and the Surface Design Association since 2016.

Robin Wingo

REGIONAL REP - OUTSTATE

My first memory of working with fabric and thread is making clothes for my Midge doll, Barbie’s best friend, on a red plastic toy crank sewing machine. My mother taught me those skills plus embroidery, knitting, and stenciling.  For 20+ years as a fiber artist, I have focused primarily on hand and machine stitching mostly on my own dyed fabrics. I am also keen to keep textiles out of landfills so much of my recent work incorporates up-cycled and vintage textiles. I am a member of MoFA, the Minneapolis Textile Center, Minnesota Contemporary Quilters, and am currently the textile shop lead for the Mankato (MN) Makerspace.

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