Fiber Arts Collective

Our Regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 am-4 pm. The store features fabrics, notions, an artist gallery, and working artist studios.

37 N. Third Street 

Ashland, Oregon 97520

Contact us at 1-541-708-6966 during business hours to enquire about our gallery fabrics and notions.

 

June Featured Artist - Mixed Media Artist Beth Yazhari

Beth Yazhari is a mixed media artist currently living in Portland, OR. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. Initially focused on painting, Yazhari also became interested in fiber arts, not only for their aesthetic but also because they focused on traditionally underappreciated media that were associated with "women's work,” as opposed to the "high art" of painting on canvas. Much of her body of work has sought to challenge this arbitrary distinction of high and low art by rescuing beautiful discarded pieces of lace, doilies, and other fabrics created by anonymous women of the past, and highlighting them in complex layered paintings on canvas that are hung on the wall in a “high art” tradition. Yazhari incorporates fabrics and beads from a wide variety of cultures into much of her work. Her globally inspired pieces, with their richly layered fields of color and intricate symmetry, reference both abstract expressionist paintings and Persian carpets. For the past several years she has also collected pieces of Victorian Era lace for a series of paintings exploring the historical creation and use of veils. Yazhari’s goal is to convey the idea that the veils that obscured the vision of women of the past, both physically and symbolically, should be removed. Delicately wrought lace garments, which both sheltered women in mourning and confined their movement, are painstakingly cut apart, painted into, and reassembled into new patterns. Reconstructing these traditional articles of women’s handiwork symbolizes a release of female energy and capacity from historical constraints. Beth Yazhari's work will be on display at FAC through the end of June. Please stop by to see her original works and her selection of greeting cards and decorative throw-pillows.

With Sallie Ehrman Cut-up Poetry

Would you rather play scrabble than monopoly because you love the surprise of creating words from the letter tiles you choose? Magnify that joy and you'll have the experience of Cut-up Poetry. All participants receive an assortment of pages from a variety of books ranging from how-to manuals to nonfiction about the steam engine. Instead of picking letter tiles, participants pick words or phrases that speak to them from a page of text. Prompts and guidelines are given. The workshop generally starts with folks cutting out nouns for ten minutes, then verbs, adjectives, etc. After enough scraps have been amassed, it is time to see what the words have to say. How will the individual pieces come together to make a whole? Time to share is allotted. Come enjoy this unconventional method of composing that entertains simply by the constraint of limited text. Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2024, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cost: $30 Members / $35 Non-Members, all materials included. Credit card payments add 4%. Class Size: Up to 8 students Registration: Email [email protected] or call 541-708-6966

Sewing Lessons For those of you eager to continue with sewing lessons, instructor Lucy DeFranco has set autumn dates as follows. Mark your calendars: This is a class for those who have wanted to learn how to sew, but may not have had the time or confidence to do so. Instructor Lucy DeFranco will help students learn how to use a sewing machine, choose needles, change tension, and more. Students will receive sewing exercises to learn various skills and will produce a zipper pouch or a simple garment. Sewing machines are available for student use at the Fiber Arts Collective. Alternatively, students may bring their own machines and Lucy will help students become familiar with their operation. Dates: Three Sundays in September and November Sundays: September 1st, 8th, and 15th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm AND Sundays: November 3rd, 10th, and 17th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Cost: $180 for Members / $190 for Non-Members for each 3-Sunday session Register by emailing Lucy at [email protected] or call: 541-613-7924

Embroidery Lessons with Ida Ferdman For those of you eager to advance their embroidery skills, instructor Ida Ferdman will continue offering lessons in the fall. Mark your calendars: Date: Sundays, September 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Additional details coming soon.

Contact us at 1-541-708-6966 during business hours to enquire about our gallery fabrics and notions. 

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