CREATIVE CRAFTS COUNCIL
34th BIENNIAL EXHIBITION
I am delighted and honored to have two of my most recent fiber artworks called, Why Perpetual Foreigners? and We Are Individuals, Not Stereotypes accepted into the Creative Crafts Council's Biennial Exhibition!
This preeminent juried exhibition of fine crafts has been held every two years since 1954. The 34th Biennial Exhibition will be at The Mansion at Strathmore,10701 Rockvile Pike, North Bethesda, Maryland from May 9 through July 29, 2023.
The exhibition features works in nine categories: book arts, ceramics, enamel, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, multi-media, and wood.
Come see the exhibition and please join me at the CCC Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Mansion at Strathmore. I hope to see you there!
For parking during the reception, the Strathmore advises to park in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Garage.
The Mansion is open on Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ; closed on Sundays and Mondays.
FALLS CHURCH ARTS ALL MEMBER SHOW
Every year, Falls Church Arts invites its member artists to participate in an All Member Show at its Gallery in Falls Church, Virgnia.
I am thrilled to have one of my one-of-a-kind artful purses in the All Member Show from May 27 through June 25, 2023.
Come see the show and join me at the opening reception on Saturday, May 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. I hope to see you there.
The Gallery is located in The Kensington Building, 700-B West Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia. It is open on Tuesdays - Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Falls Church Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to "ensure the arts is an essential part of the cultural environment."
INTERACTIVE TEXTILES 101 GALLERY
AT THE TEXTILE MUSEUM
Located in Foggy Bottom of Washington, D.C., The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum opened a permanent interactive gallery called, Textiles 101 on January 27, 2018.
The Textiles 101 Gallery enables visitors to explore how fiber, color and structure influence how textiles are made and allows visitors to enter the mind of designers to discover the creative choices that influence textile design. Visitors can touch different fibers in raw and processed forms, practice various weaving techniques, examine completed fabrics, watch videos of artists at work and digitally design a new textile themselves.
Fiber artist Debra Lee was invited to create an eight-foot by 18-inch banner to illustrate the structure of looped stitches including knitting, crochet, simple looping and macrame for the Textiles 101 Gallery. Watch the video by Pamela Kaplan and Maria Helena Carey to hear about Debra's choices for the banner's design and see the steps involved to create it.
The looped banner hangs in the Textiles 101 Gallery along side of a woven banner created by fiber artist Hillary Steel and a felt banner created by fiber artist Renate Maile-Moskowitz.
TAKING THE STITCH CHALLENGE
In April 2020 Debra and several other hand-stitchers -- some new to stitching and some experienced -- accepted textile artist Julie Booth's stitch challenge to create samples for one or more articles in her four-part series called, Take the Stitch Challenge, for Quilting Arts magazine.
Julie challenged each stitcher to explore the potential of basic embroidery stitches to create interesting marks, textures and layers on fabric. Each challenge had a theme and a set of limitations. The result was a fascinating variety of stitched samples expressing the stitcher's interpretation of the theme created within the given limitations. To whet your appetite, Debra's stitch challenge samples are shown below. Click on the magazine cover to link to the Quilting Arts magazine!