2023 - 2024 Calendar
December 12, 2023
Lecture - "Kimono Trunk Show and Lecture”
As the daughter of a mixed media artist and a costume designer for Opera Colorado, my earliest memories revolve around colors and textures and the interplay between them. I love the warmth of fabric and the richness of its varied textures. Having lived in Israel, Japan, and China, I draw inspiration from multiple aesthetics to create connections between cultures and peoples.
Come see some of the exquisite kimono owned by Darcy Lewis and other NTGM members and learn about the different types of kimonos and the symbolism of Japanese art as used in kimono design. Darcy will also demonstrate the incredible math and engineering that goes into designing and creating kimono fabrics. There will also be a fashion show and opportunities for members to try on some of these gorgeous garments!
January 9, 2024 via Zoom
Lecture - "From Inspiration to Art Process”
Rachel Derstine is an art quilter living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whose works have been featured in invitational and juried gallery shows and fine art/craft shows throughout the country.
Her PowerPoint lecture will discuss the sources of inspiration for her art: other artists, photographs, influences from life experiences. She will also discuss how to make effective quilts using art concepts such as limiting color palette, simplifying the background, and using repetition of line, shapes, values and color throughout the work.
February 13, 2024 via Zoom
Lecture - "On being a Fairytale Maker..."
Corinne Phillips learnt to sew at her grandmother’s knee and often sewed clothes for her teddy bears with her mother. As such the creative urge was borne, and despite a life working behind an office desk, it has never left!
In 2004 she enrolled on a City and Guilds Stitched Textile course and went on to gain the Diploma in 2008. She has since exhibited at galleries and juried craft fairs around the UK. She has also taught workshops in the past and ran a regular after-school project showing the children how to make books on wacky themes.
Having taken a break from textiles when her parents were ill, she now works part time for a local charity and creates her stories, 3 Dimensional assemblages and stitched paper collages from home in a little village in Worcestershire UK.
March 12, 2024 via Zoom
Lecture - "Journey into the Unconventional”
Jessica is a contemporary embroidery artist who works from her home studio just outside of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Her colourful and contemporary work has been exhibited in various galleries across the UK and Europe and she is a member of the Crafts Council’s Makers directory and renowned textiles group – Art Textiles Made in Britain. She was awarded the Embroiderers' Guild Scholar in 2018/19. Jessica also speaks about her creative practice and teaches workshops across the country in schools, universities and for private organisations.
Her sculptural designs are a textural and visual feast, combining bold colour and clusters of embellished treasure that is created from a combination of waste and recycled materials. Jessica uses various processes including printing, foiling, dyeing and melting to transform what others perceive to be rubbish into tactile and creative embellishments. All of her designs are hand stitched; Jessica uses traditional stitches in contemporary colours and patterns, flecking fabrics with bold neon lines and metallic loops.
Colour is an important aspect of her work – her designs are fearless in their use of strong colours, creating a very vivid and saturated colour palette. Jessica’s inspiration is derived from zoomed in views of surface texture details such as peeling paint, barnacles and rusting metal. Her sculptural, framed and 3-D textiles provide a statement in any interior space.
April 9, 2024
Lecture - "Nature in Contemporary Watercolor”
Michelle is a nature inspired watercolor and mixed media artist from Michigan. She works in a variety of media including watercolor, photography, mixed media and collage, with watercolor being her primary medium. Her work offers a contemporary take on watercolor that resists the traditional constraints of the medium. Her work emphasizes fluidity and flow and demonstrates a balance between looseness and control. She likes to use whatever medium best helps channel the story she is trying to tell about the natural world and hopes to inspire people through her art to the see the magic and beauty in nature.
Through a PowerPoint presentation and trunk show, Michelle will share her approach to using watercolor to create contemporary paintings of nature while creating a sustainable art business.
May 14, 2024
Manual and Electronic Cutters
Join us for an overview of many different types of manual and electronic cutters available on the market. Whether you already own one or more of these devices, or are considering purchasing one, come find out more about them and put them to the test to see what they can do for you.
Past 2023 - 2024 Events
September 12, 2023
Debi Vanden Heuvel
Lecture - "How to Stay Inspired – Upcycling Myself and My Art”
Debi will discuss the artistic journey, including techniques designed to provide inspiration and keep us growing as artists. She will present a trunk show of her quilts and other projects. Repurposing a thrift store find or a meaningful garment is her current creative passion!
She is a teacher by education, and she enjoys sharing her love of all things sewing with others through classes and workshops.
Color, pattern, and texture have always been inspiring to her. Creating quilts, garments, bags, or home decor is a way to bring those things together to make personal and unique pieces.
October 10, 2023
Lecture - "Working in a Series: Developing Your Voice”
Jennifer Gould is a textile artist and doll maker, whose artistic endeavors also include tapestries, and fabric painted jackets, free-form crochet, and crazy quilt embroidery work. She has worked in series for years on many different themes and mediums within textiles and now has a large volume and variety of work to explain and illustrate my artist’s voice.
When you begin to work in textiles or any medium, you try all different techniques and styles. Gradually, the longer you practice, you realize that staying within one technique or theme until you have tried every conceivable way to express yourself within that area, gives you the chance to develop your work. When jurying for shows, especially solo shows, jurors look for that thematic series that tells them who you are as an artist.
Jennifer will discuss the elements of developing your artist’s voice in her presentation.
November 14, 2023
Lecture - "A Journey through Needlework”
Nanette Mathe has been involved in the Needlework world for over 50 years, and is a Certified Needlework Teacher and Certified Needlework Judge through the National Academy of Needlearts. Recently she has extended her art with painting and paper manipulation, combining all of her interests into new art. Her lecture contains stories, explanations, and examples of the many artforms Nanette has created with a needle.