Meeting Time: 10:00 AM, Monday, August 12, 2019
San Antonio Garden Center 3310 N. New Braunfels Avenue, SATX 78209.
Come at 9:30 for refreshments and creative networking!
Award-winning fiber aritst and FASA member Beth Cunningham will present a Powerpoint presentation based on the much-acclaimed State of the Stitch Show at UTSA. Members still have an opportunity to see the show before it comes down on August 9th from 10-4 is the last day for the show. Beth recommends that the lecture will be more meaningful for the audience if they have seen the show before the presentation.
The State of Hand Stitch” is a survey of eleven women artists in Texas working with thread and needle at a time when embroidery is increasingly recognized as a medium of choice by serious artists.
This exhibit displays a range of subject matter, scale, approach, and materials, demonstrating the many possibilities of contemporary stitch. Artists featured in the exhibition include:
- Debbie Armstrong
- Beth Cunningham
- Jane Dunnewold
- Janis Hooker
- Lucia LaVilla-Havelin
- Barbara Lugge
- Kim Paxson
- Miki Rodriguez
- Mary Ruth Smith
- Pamela Studstill
- Sue Anne Sullivan
For More information about the exhibition at UTSA go to: http://art.utsa.edu/the-state-of-hand-stitch
Beth Cunningham will discuss the artistic/creative process used by the artists in relation to the work exhibited in this show. Insights into inspiration, research, problem solving, and art making practices will be explored.
About her own work, Beth says:
From the age of 5 I knew I would be an artist. My mother was a seamstress, my grandmother a quilter. I was surrounded by fabrics, threads, scissors and needles. The kaleidoscopic spools of thread were as hypnotic as a new box of crayons. The process of stitching by hand, the repetition of stitches, turning edges, selecting threads and fabrics will forever be linked to my past, and solidifies my choice of textiles and stitch as my media.
Hundertwasser’s theory* of “man’s 5 skins” has influenced my series, “Unspoken Thoughts”. My focus is the peeling away of the second skin, the clothing and its public persona. Exploring in text the private, hidden, uncensored and unvoiced thoughts, hopes, dreams, fears, loves, losses, shame, and joys of women via needle and thread. The statements covering the dress image exist as a conveyor of meaning designed to agitate, disturb, and provoke questions.
Following the presentation and lunch, Beth will facilitate a “Make and Take” session, Embroidered Text for the Fiber Artist.
She will be demonstrating her process of transferring words to fabric and her favorite embroidery stitches for the lettering. You will begin a 5” hooped piece which may be finished off and left in the hoop.
Supplies/Materials need for the workshop:
Optional: needle threader, portable battery powered lamp,
embroidery floss, 3-4, in your favorite colors
Kit includes fabric backed by interfacing, embroidery hoop, instructions, full size pattern