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

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

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

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

I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Kansas in Design, Lawrence; and hold two-year certificates in Computer Design and Illustration from Collin County Community College, Plano, Texas. My work experience includes working as a graphic designer and illustrator for a fashion shoe company, a novelty and tourist item company, and a lighting fixture company. I apprenticed with tapestry artist Muriel Nezhnie Helfman for a year and six months. I am a past president of MOFA and Tapestry Weavers West. I was editor of ITNET, an international tapestry organization, for two years. My handwoven tapestries have been shown nationally in ATA and ITNET tapestry exhibitions, in Russia and Australia, and locally at Craft Alliance Gallery, the University City Public Library, the Missouri History Museum, the Foundry Art Centre and Art St. Louis. My work is included in the Martin Wice collection. My tapestries have been seen in Fiberarts Design Books and Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot Magazine. I am a native St. Louisian and presently live in the Central West End area of St. Louis.   

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 C0-REP - SOUTHWEST

REGIONAL REP - SOUTHWEST

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

REGIONAL REP - COLUMBIA

REGIONAL REP - COLUMBIA

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.

REGIONAL REP - GREATER KANSAS CITY

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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