Becky Stevens

PRESIDENT

I am an artist that uses textile influenced techniques in order to show my reverence and love of nature to help others connect and develop their love of nature.

I have been in numerous juried shows receiving awards for my work, have done numerous commissions, and have also lectured on natural dyes and textile practices. My work combines modern art thinking with centuries-old textile techniques. Currently, I am working on the forefront of marrying ancient fiber art practices with modern technologies; combining photography, digital printing, embroidery, encaustic, felting, and dye work on cloth.

Linda Jurkiewicz

VICE PRESIDENT

I have been working with fibers since 2005 exploring many mediums, weaving, bead-weaving, embroidery, quilting, and mixed media. I like to use text, rhythm, and repetition as a strong element in my work.

My upbringing in a first-generation family influenced by Eastern European values has influenced me to create a “make-do” attitude. Much of my fiber work consists of using repurposed fiber, dish towels, sheets, and clothing.

My interest in the history of women’s work, as well as what I personally experienced as “women’s work” growing up, is very present in my art. I like to explore women’s life events while pairing them with fiber work.

Jackie Kiernan Hale

SECRETARY

I am an artist who makes landscape and seascape art out of fabric, beads, ribbon, and embroidery. My use of these tactile materials in a painterly manner allows me to create impressionistic art quilts based on nature. I received my B.F.A. in graphic design from Kansas City Art Institute located in Kansas City, Mo.

Jane Gilbreath

TREASURER

I have always made art. Whether it was a pretty dinner table,  a cushion for my house, or what I chose to wear. 15 years ago I made a crazy quilt, then another!  Now I create small art quilts using fabric collage, crazy quilt techniques, and raw edge appliqué tying it all together with embellishments and freehand stitching. My artist’s goal is to create something that expresses the joy I experience in life.

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

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.

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Julie Reed is a versatile graphic and surface designer, craftsman, and collector who lives and works in Kansas City. Inspired by the natural world, Victorian crafts, textiles, and the vintage objects and ephemera she collects, Julie incorporates these passions into her refined and elegant jewelry and artwork.

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.

WEB EDITOR AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Julie Reed is a versatile graphic and surface designer, craftsman, and collector who lives and works in Kansas City. Inspired by the natural world, Victorian crafts, textiles, and the vintage objects and ephemera she collects, Julie incorporates these passions into her refined and elegant jewelry and artwork.

PARLIAMENTARIAN

Katherine Ehlmann is a Surface Design, Fiber, and Mixed Media Artist living In St. Charles County Missouri. Her initial work with fabric began in eighth grade where she started sewing a creative endeavor. Mostly self-taught and having no actual degree in Art, her art education was acquired by taking painting and design classes at several local Community Colleges, and various hands-on workshops including Surface Design Association and Missouri Fiber Artists.

Katherine is a member of the International Surface Design Association, Missouri Fiber Artists, St.Charles County Arts Council, and a Juried Member of Best of Missouri Hands.

Her work has been displayed at various Missouri Fiber Artists Member Shows, Bluestem Missouri Crafts, Framations Art Gallery, Clayton Fine Arts Gallery, Lillian Yahn Gallery, Capitol Arts Gallery, St.Charles Community College, Mildred M. Cox Gallery, Lambert-St Louis International Airport, St Louis Artist Guild, and Albrecht-Kemper Gallery.

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

PAST PRESIDENT

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.

Amber Clifford

REGIONAL REP - COLUMBIA

I am a professor of Anthropology and Director of the McClure Archives and University Museum at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. I specialize in textiles and material culture and am one of the very few active textile conservators in Missouri. As a lifelong stitcher, I quilt, weave, hook, mend and stitch textiles of all types, from clothing to non-Western basketry. My wife, Tara and I live on a farm with our menagerie of dogs, cats, goats, and chickens.

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.

Liz Halstead

REGIONAL REP - GREATER KANSAS CITY

I am a  physics major turned computer engineer, non-profit executive/board member, owner of a knitwear design firm, jewelry maker and fiber artist.  I’ve done many things in my life, but textiles have been a constant for as long as I can remember.

I am a methodical and results oriented person, but also one who loves color, texture, and  design. Weaving satisfies both. The warping and planning is methodical and mathematical. The weaving is meditative and spontaneous. I lay out my colorway on my work table using hundreds of pieces of yarn  in the form of cones, skeins, and scraps. I adjust until it feels good. Then I start weaving. When I sit at my loom and weave these tapestries, I don’t think too much about the end result. It’s all about the colors and textures unfolding in  my hands.

Using watercolor, oil paint, oil pastel, and cold wax medium, silk threads and fabrics, I explore the interactions between the shapes and colors of my textiles while attempting to bring the  illusion of the depth and the texture of fiber to a flat surface.

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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