Please join us to explore the wide world of fiber arts with four talented artists who employ needle felting, tapestry weaving, knitting, silk dye painting and other techniques in their work.
Rene Shoemaker is intrigued by the ways spaces work together and people live in those spaces. She paints with dye on silk to abstract images and shapes from the physical world, melding concepts of space with personal experience. The simplicity of her shapes and the complexity of her colors embody her personal values shared with the world. Inspired by her love for travel, Shoemaker finds that art is the perfect way to explore a sense of place. Rene has a BFA with a focus in Fabric Design from UGA, an MLIS from USC, and has studied at the Penland School of Crafts. She has exhibited in NYC, Paris, and at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Ga. and teaches silk painting at universities, museums, art collectives, and privately.
Jenifer Borg's needle felted birds are the latest expression of her overarching interest in pattern and color and her desire to express a sense of narrative and transformation in her art. Whether she is felting, stitching, collaging, quilting, silk screening or bookmaking, exquisite detail and a variety of surfaces are hallmarks of her work. Jen received her BFA in Crafts from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA in Fabric Design from the University of Georgia. She currently teaches Art Appreciation and Textiles for Interiors at Athens Technical College and has taught studio art classes and workshops throughout her career.
Molly Elkind uses simple mechanical looms to create woven artworks and is currently working on a series inspired by illuminated manuscripts and medieval books of hours. Through tapestry, she is exploring the composition of those densely decorated pages, the contrast between areas of empty space and intricate lettering and patterns, and the sense that they contain sacred but almost unintelligible meanings. Molly has an MA in Art with a focus in fiber from the University of Louisville and has taught fiber techniques, art, and design to students of all ages for nearly 20 years.
Johanna Norry employs the traditional techniques of weaving, knitting, coiling, embroidery and stitching. Her work explores metaphysical ideas and their metaphorical relationship with the physical realities of a body's openings and closings, often combining comforting materials with discomforting images and ideas. Johanna has a BFA in Textiles and a BA in Anthropology and Writing and is currently pursuing her MFA in Fabric Design at UGA.
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