Fiber Artists of San Antonio has a long and rich history!
This is what some of our longest standing members have to say about FASA.
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A FASA honor was to have Lucia chair one of the annual shows in the distant past, when it was held at the Witte Museum. Lucia has many Fiber Arts connections, one of them being Patrica Malarcher, the recently retired editor of the Surface Design Journal. Patricia was juror one year. Lucia also invited JoAnn C. Stabb to be juror in 2001. The show was held at the Witte that year, also. Stabb was head of Textiles/Fibers Dept at UCDavis.
For more information on Lucia LaVilla-Havelin, visit the website: http://www.lucialavillahavelin.com/cv.html
The Fiber Arts of San Antonio (FASA) organization was first started by Mary Heickman. She was originally from Houston and taught in the Houston school system from 1932 to 1964. According to her biography, she was one of the first “fiber artists” who began teaching fiber techniques at the request of wives of the astronauts who were living in Houston. She originally organized a group with the name of “Creative Sewers” and also taught throughout the state, including Dallas. In 1971, she moved to San Antonio whereupon she was contacted by the daughter of a woman who had attended classes given by Mary while living in Houston. That started her instructing in San Antonio, beginning at the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts. Dallas then started their organization and, at that time, a state group was formed. The original San Antonio group began with 11 members, one of whom is Jean Peffers, who is still an active member.
The organization had the name of “Creative Stitchers” in San Antonio, but in the mid-1980’s the name was changed to more accurately reflect the group – Fiber Artists of San Antonio. The organization continued to flourish.
The first FASA Runway Show was held in 1995. A few members (Jean Peffers, Kathleen Lindermann, and others) attended a Houston Fiber Arts runway show. After that show, the members decided they could do one, also, in San Antonio; and proceeded to organize their first show. That show was held at the Bright Shawl facility. Subsequent shows were held at hotels, and the attendance grew. The beginning shows were initially to provide a venue for the FASA members to show what they could do with fiber – the garments were not for sale. The next shows became larger, with garments for sale, and eventually for the purpose of raising funds for scholarships for students in the fiber arts.
A FASA Annual Exhibition has been held since 1995 to fulfill the organization’s purpose “to promote appreciation and encourage support of fiber as an art form by the public through exhibitions and educational opportunities.
According to chapter bylaws:
1. The annual exhibition shall be juried by a qualified juror/jury, to be selected by the Second Vice President, with approval of the Board.
2. All work entered in the chapter’s exhibitions must be original, executed entirely by the artist, and completed within the last two years. Pieces started in a workshop are not eligible for entry.
3. Rules pertaining to each exhibition shall be established by the Exhibition Committee and approved by the Board.
Benefits provided as part of FASA membership have included nationally renown fiber artists, providing programs and workshops; challenges for members within the organization; and member-presented programs to share their unique art work.As part of our mission, individual art work has been donated to help raise funds for local charitable organizations. Charitable organizations as beneficiaries of FASA have included: New Life for Girls and Say Si, a year-round, long-term, multidisciplinary arts program for students from high and middle schools.