Shibori Hats by Fine Gelfand
August 4-24, 2021
From the Artist:
A trip to Japan in 2015 with Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, the foremost shibori scholar, author and artist, inspired the series of 24 hats in this show. Yoshiko infused the trip to various textile and cultural centers with her unique brand of enthusiasm and expertise. Her influence and the wealth of impressions from the trip inevitably and immediately manifested themselves in my work upon returning home. It is with great gratitude and humility that I dedicate this exhibit to Yoshiko Wada, founder of World Shibori Network.
As a child in Germany I taught myself to embroider and ever since I have been irretrievably enmeshed in textiles. I was a weaver for a long time but since receiving my certificate in Textile Decoration from the City & Guilds of London program in 2004 I am primarily a surface designer and delight in creating unique garments, millinery, accessories and art for the wall using many aspects of textile craft. I think my talent lies in conjuring new relationships between diverse materials and techniques; perpetually asking: What if…? I created two hats per month for an entire year by asking: What if I used shibori, a Japanese technique, in combination with European millinery ideas?
Why do I make hats?
I like to think of them as my gift to the world! They are random-smile-makers: Stranger looking at stranger, walking towards each other…smiling? And often saying something nice! What could be better?
Beyond hats, I’m Inspired by the thrilling abundance of beauty in nature and I continue to be compelled by a lifelong passion for texture and color in all its forms.
Handweavers Guild of America, Inc
June 30 - August 22, 202
he Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) announces its 2021 annual juried exhibit of small works: Small Expressions. Featuring 36 contemporary small-scale art works by artists from 21 states and 2 countries, Small Expressions will tour galleries in the United States from July 2021 through June 2022 beginning with its debut right here in La Conner!
The show’s juror was Madelyn van der Hoogt, a professional fiber artist and teacher for over 50 years. Madelyn is the founder and principal instructor at the Weavers’ School located on Whidbey Island, Washington. She was the editor of Prairie Wool Companion in 1986, of Weaver's magazine in 1988, and Handwoven magazine in 1999. She is also the author of several books and videos on the basics of weaving and a variety of weave structures. Madelyn has been a widely respected and sought-after teacher for over 25 years throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.
These skilled artists employ a variety of traditional and non-traditional media creating an outstanding presentation.
Darilyn Bennett, Salem, Oregon • Danielle Bodine, Clinton, Washington • Laura Burcin, Lady’s Island, South Carolina • Melissa Campbell, Kent, Ohio • Ying-Hsuan Chou, Taoyuan, Taiwan • Joan Diamond, Maplewood, New Jersey • Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Port Townsend, Washington • Mindy Goodman, Kansas City, Missouri • Sherry Haar, Manhattan, Kansas • Robin Lynne Haller, Olmstead Township, Ohio • Karen Hein, Jacksonville, Vermont • Marilyn Emerson Holtzer, St. Louis, Missouri • Layla Klinger, Brooklyn, New York • Jean Poythress Koon, Morattico, Virginia • Bonnie (Bebe) Kuhr, Novato, California • Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen, Bloomington, Indiana • Sungji Lee, Burlington, Massachusetts • Pamela MacGregor, McClure, Ohio • Kristin Majkrzak, Bemidji, Minnesota • Dorothy M. McGuinness, Everett, Washington • Christine Miller, Dallas, Texas • Teresa Paschke, Ames, Iowa • Margaret Phillips, Cos Cob, Connecticut • Deann Rubin, St. Louis, Missouri • Judith D. Saunders, Norfolk, Virginia • Rebecca Shewmaker, Richardson, Texas • Jeanne Sisson, Northfield, Massachusetts • Kathy Spoering, Grand Junction, Colorado • Virginia M. Summit, Los Altos Hills, California • Nancy Taylor, Richmond, Indiana • Jackie Thomas, Williamsport, Pennsylvania • Kathe Todd-Hooker, Albany, Oregon • Charlene Virts, Bend, Oregon • Barbara J. Walker, Salem, Oregon • Marta G. Williams, Plainwell, Michigan • Nolan L. Wright, Carbondale, Illinois