Sunday, December 2, 2007
The art show is divided into two areas: the work of seventeen invited, international fiber artists and hundreds of fiber cards traded with other textile enthusiasts from over twenty-six countries and 46 states.
The invitational art show will include art quilts by Jacqueline de Jong of the Netherlands and Dijanne Cevaal of Australia as well as wall pieces by the internationally recognized author Maggie Grey of Great Britain. Most of the work is quite contemporary, including embellished or machine felted work by Beate Knappe of Germany; fiber paper quilts by Nikki Wheeler of Washington; beading by Veleta Staffney of Oregon; and experimental techniques by Lynda Monk of England. Susan Lenz, a Columbia based fiber artist whose work will also be included in the exhibition, selected the international roster carefully. Each invited artist represents a unique benefit of Internet communication within in the global community of likeminded fiber artists.
Arlee Barr of Canada was selected for her remote, Canadian location. Arlee’s connection to the larger art world is completely on-line. Susan Lenz also selected her sister Wanda Lenz who lives in Munich, Germany. They are able to share their embroideries through blogging. Internet exposure broadens any artist’s experiences and ideas. For that reason, Jill Rumoshosky Werner’s three dimensional art quilts were selected. Susan Lenz explains, “Jill’s approach to artmaking is so unlike mine that I am always inspired. Her blog and website challenge my way of viewing fiber arts. Jill is exceptionally strong on art concepts and she has influenced me by her willingness to share her experiences on-line.”
Educational opportunities foster interconnectivity in the fiber arts world. Sharon Boggon of Australia has initiated several free on-line fiber challenges including “Take a Stitch Tuesday”. Each week a stitch was introduced and hundreds of artists participated in the lessons, including Emmy Schoonbeek of the Netherlands. Emmy turned her year of stitches into a one-of-a-kind fiber book. This book and work by Sharon Boggan will be included in CYBER FYBER.
Susan Sorrell of Greenville will also have works in the show. She teaches on-line classes. Dale Rollerson of Perth, Australia teaches on-line too. The work she is sending for the January show also represents some of the contemporary materials available through Internet shopping. Dale and her husband Ian own and operate The Thread Studio, an international supplier for today’s contemporary fiber artists.
Penny Sisto, who was born on the Orkney Islands but now lives in Indiana, stays in communication with other fiber artists through her website and is sending two art quilts from her Slavery Series including “Flying In A Pink Dress” and “Strange Fruit VI”. Connie Stubison of Oregon works primarily in paper but incorporates textiles and has created a unique artist book, Flower Child, for this exhibition. Annica Lindsten represents another wonderful aspect to Internet communication. Her blog promoted last August’s Swedish Embroidery Symposium. Susan Lenz accepted her invitation to attend and brought an on-line relationship into a real, international fiber experience. Annica is unable to come to the USA but her work is!
Doreen Grey and her granddaughter Ebony of Australia will have work at CYBER FYBER, including Ebony’s first quilt. The eleven-year-old represents the future of contemporary textiles. She is being taught at her grandmother’s side, which is also in front of a computer screen.
In order to include as many fiber artists as possible in the exhibition, Susan Lenz created hundreds of fiber cards, which were traded internationally. Postcards and small, Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) came from all over the United States, England, Scotland, Wales, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Cyprus, India, Japan, South Africa, Israel, Malawi, Romania, Canada, and the Netherlands. CYBER FYBER will have Internet access in order for viewers to leave comments for each of these talented fiber artists.
On Saturday, January 10 CYBER FYBER is partnering with Creative Sewing of West Columbia for “Fiber Day”. From 10 – 4 there will be on going sewing and embellishing demonstrations, guest speakers, and show-and-tell opportunities. On Saturday, January 17 from 1 – 4 CYBER FYBER is holding ATC Day. For more information, please contact Susan Lenz at (803) 254-0842 or http://cyberfyberexhibition.blogspot.com.
Contact: Susan Lenz
CYBER FYBER EXHIBITION AT GALLERY 80808, Jan. 8 - 20, 2009
CYBER FYBER, an international exhibition of fiber arts created by Internet connected textile artists, opens at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios on Thursday, January 8, 2009 and runs through January 20th. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 9 from 5 – 9 PM. The gallery is located at 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.
The art exhibit will feature hundreds of fiber cards from over twenty-six countries and 46 states. The work of nineteen internationally known fiber artists will also be on display. These invited artists include: Dijanne Cevaal, Sharon Boggon, Dale Rollerson, and Doreen Grey and her granddaughter Ebony of Australia; Beate Knappe and Wanda Lenz of Germany; Emmy Schoonbeek and Jacqueline de Jong of the Netherlands; Arlee Barr of Canada; Lynda Monk and Maggie Grey of Great Britain; Annica Lindsten of Sweden; Nikki Wheeler of Washington; Veleta Staffney and Corinne Stubson of Oregon; Penny Sisto of Indiana; Jill Rumoshosky Werner of Kansas; and Susan Sorrell and Susan Lenz of South Carolina.
Postcards and small, Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) came from all over the United States, England, Scotland, Spain, Belgium, Wales, Norway, New Zealand, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Cyprus, India, Japan, South Africa, Israel, Malawi, Romania, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. CYBER FYBER will have Internet access in order for viewers to leave comments for each of these talented fiber artists.
On Saturday, January 10 CYBER FYBER is partnering with Creative Sewing of West Columbia for “Fiber Day”. From 10 – 4 there will be on going sewing and embellishing demonstrations, guest speakers, and show-and-tell opportunities. On Saturday, January 17 from 1 – 4 CYBER FYBER is holding ATC Day. For more information, please contact Susan Lenz at (803) 254-0842 or (803) 252-6134.
Cyber Fyber Comes to Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina – Cyber Fyber, an exhibit of international fiber arts, is coming to Columbia, South Carolina’s Gallery 80808 at 808 Lady Street in the city’s historic Vista arts district on January 8th, 2009.
Local contemporary fiber artist, Susan Lenz devoted most of 2008 to the acquisition of fiber post cards and ATCs – artist trading cards – by coordinating the trading of cards, which are actual miniature works of art, via the Internet and her blogs Cyber Fyber Exhibition (http://cyberfyber exhibition.blogspot.com/) and Art in Stitches (http://artbysusanlenz.blogspot.com/). With 27 countries and 46 states represented in the ATC and fiber post card division of the show, Cyber Fyber will also feature an invitational art exhibit displaying the work of such noted textile artists as Maggie Grey of the UK, Emmy Schoonbeek and Jacqueline de Jong of The Netherlands, Dijanne Cevaal of Australia, Annica Lindsten of Sweden and more. January 10th has been designated Fiber Day, during which patrons may participate in demonstrations and hands-on activities from 10am until 4 pm. On Saturday January 17th from 1 – 4 pm, the exhibit and Gallery 80808 will sponsor an open trading day during which local artists of all ages, levels and media are invited to participate in an exchange of their own ATCs with both area and international artists alike.
The show will run from January 8th through the 20th with an opening night reception on January 9th from 5 – 9 pm. Gallery 80808/Vista Studios is located at 808 Lady Street in Columbia’s historic Vista.
This project is funded by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
January 10, 2008
Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(Click on image to enlarge. Interior of Creative Sewing Center of West Columbia....CYBER FYBER's partner for Fiber Day!)
Schedule of Events:
9:30 AM Set up (Coffee will be available)
10:30 AM Orientation: “Pandora’s Box”, opening
remarks by Peggy Ledford, owner of
Creative Sewing, 519 12th Street,
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-1251 or (803) 936-1624
Throughout the day there will be on-going demonstrations on the new Bernina 830 with Juanita Hayden (See biography at the end of this post) and also on the Babylock Embellisher with Jackie Price. (See images and additional information below. “Make-it-and-Take-it” bookmarks for children will also be on-going.
The morning will begin at 10:30 with Peggy Ledford, owner of Creative Sewing Center, with a brief introduction called "Pandora's Box". This is Peggy's biography:
Peggy Ledford is the proud owner of Creative Sewing Machine Center. She was born in Missouri (one of five girls). It was there, where she was first introduced to sewing in a home economics class. She moved to South Carolina in the early 70’s and she continued her interest in sewing, making many polyester pantsuits! Her sewing interest shifted towards children’s items. She gradually shifted away from sewing during some busy years. As retirement grew closer she knew she wanted a great hobby. She found that great hobby one day when going in a store for a vacuum belt and coming home with an embroidery machine. Her love for sewing and embroidery continued to grow and her need for quality sewing supplies increased. This led to the opening of Creative Sewing Machine Center on March 13, 2001. Her great hobby turned into a great sewing resource for Columbia!
11:00 AM Heirloom Stitching with Susan Sease (See images and additional information below)
Demonstration and Sharing
Noon “Threadplay” with Jo Park (See images and additional information below)
Conversation and Sharing
1:00 PM “The Four Family of Stitches” with
A lively demonstration of hand stitches
Appropriate for all age levels, especially
2:00 PM Show and Tell with the staff of Creative
Sharing, questions and answers
Guests and attendees will be invited to
join with their own work!
3:00 PM “Heat Activated Processes for the Creative
Embroider” with Susan Lenz
4:00 PM General Show-and-Tell
Creative Sewing will be open at their West Columbia location from 9 – 3 with sale items throughout the store, including special prices on selected machines and fabric. Thread will be BUY TWO, GET ONE FREE, mix and match!
Above: This image is of Mr. Creative Sewing Center himself....co-owner with his wonderful wife Peggy, Russ repairs and services machines in his own, separate studio in the shop.
Above: Photo of the newest Babylock embellisher at Creative Sewing Center
Above: One of the areas of Creative Sewing Center where various machines are on display and available for demonstration.
Above: Another shot of Creative Sewing Center...including a fantastic machine for quilting!
Everything is available at Creative Sewing Center....a place definitely in touch with the most modern technology available for today's textile artists!
More than just machines, the selection of fabric is incredible! There's books, trim, threads for both hand and all kinds of machine stitching in addition to all the needs for quilters, heirloom stitchers, embroiderers....professional level to beginners!
The staff is friendly and totally knowledgeable! Peggy is on the left!
Above is an amazing work by Jo Parks who will be conducting "Threadplay" at Noon during Fiber Day, Saturday, Jan. 10 at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street.
Above is a photo of Jo Parks.
I have always liked the look of embroidered pictures, but didn’t have the patience for hand work. In 1978 while living in Winston-Salem, NC, I passed a small shop advertising a workshop on Free Motion Machine Embroidery and signed up immediately. That week of classes had me hooked! I made pictures and sewed designs on pocketbooks, made placemats, etc. for friends and family for years.
In 1991, I took classes from author and teacher Patricia Merrill and became certified to teach Machine Embroidery and became a member of NMEIA, National Machine Embellishment Instructors & Artists. Any zig-zag machine can be used to do free motion machine embroidery, my instructors used Berninas and their work was amazing. I was determined to have my own Bernina and have been using one ever since.
I have taught Free Motion Machine Embroidery in Columbia and Oklahoma.
Above and below: Additional fiber arts by Jo Parks.
Above: Yet another wonderful piece by Jo Parks.
Throughout Fiber Day, Saturday, Jan. 10 at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in Columbia, Jackie Price will be conducting demonstrations on the EMBELLISHER! For those unfamiliar with this amazing dry-felting machine, be warned! IT IS TOTALLY ADDICTIVE! Using the embellisher is so much fun. Jackie will show everyone the creative possibilities with this wonderful, affordable machine.
Below is a purse Jackie embellished.
Jackie's biography reads:
Jacqueline Vining-Price a native of Columbia, SC, has lived in NC and VA.She now resides in Lexington. Wife, Mother and Grandmother she expresses beauty in pursuit of various art forms: photography, watercolor, oil, porcelain doll making and sewing.
After seeing the computer sewing machine, this was it. She could combine all the arts. Fabrics are her canvas to embroider and embellish, from wearable art to note cards.
Below is a beautiful jacket embellished by Jackie.
At 11 AM Susan Sease will be leading a demonstration on heirloom stitching. This will be held at Fiber Day, Saturday, Jan. 10 at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in Columbia. Below are several images of Susan's amazing talent. Her biography includes: Susan Sease was born and raised in Gilbert, SC. Her Mother taught her to sew when she was a teenager during the summer. She started sewing clothing for herself and later expanded into home decor when she was expecting her first child. When her daughter Mary Beth was born a very special friend from church taught her to smock which she has been doing for over 17 years. She currently teaches smocking and heirloom sewing at Creative Sewing Machine Center and spreads her love of this art to many others. She has been working at CSMS for 7 years and heads up our different clubs with creative ideas.
Juanita Hayden's biography is: Juanita Hayden was born in Kyoto , Japan and lived there until she was 13 at which time her family moved to Texas . Her love of sewing started in Japan and she continued learning in Texas . She took an extensive class in 1989 from The Martha Pullen School, which reinforced her love of sewing. Her work experience includes 5 years in Radio broadcasting in both Texas and Columbia . Through Friendship International she taught sewing at her church to internationals for a year. She is the mother of 4 children. Her special interest besides sewing includes singing in her church choir. She has been with Creative Sewing Machine Center for 2 1/2 years as a valued staff member and instructor.