Fiber Arts Collective


Artist Studios - If you are interested in studio or business space contact us for space availability.

Re-Covery Upholstery Shop

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Farrah Southam’s upholstery services combines her love of problem solving with her love of repurposing/refurbishing items. She learned to pattern and sew in college and honed her puzzle solving techniques at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she worked as their Costume Craft Artisan for several years.

Recently, Farrah has been focusing on upholstery work, having learned some of the tricks of the trade at Rose City Upholstery in Portland. Farrah is truly gifted at transforming “old” furniture into pieces that you will be proud to place in your home.

To plan your transformation, Farrah can be reached at:

reupshop1@gmail.com

https://www.instagram.com/recovery.upholstery.shop/

Jzionna Gonzales - Fiber Artist

I’ve had an ongoing love affair my whole life with plants and nature. Whether I am growing, arranging flowers, making botanical prints onto fabrics and paper, or taking photographs, I am always creating from natural elements. There is such an abundance of natural materials around us, how can we not be inspired and encouraged by the beauty we see every day, that which ignites our artistic endeavors. I share a workspace in the Fiber Arts Collective with so many other inspirational women, all well immersed in talent. What a pleasure it is to be doing what I love and sharing the joy.

Jenet Johnsen - Textile Artist and Weaver

I joined the Fiber Arts Collective to pursue weaving and textile projects. Little did I know that sewing would reign over weaving—making new clothes and restoring a precious 150 old Tibetan Buddhist thangka. I have now embarked on making new Sámi traditional clothing for myself and my son. Our Sámi clothes were destroyed in the Almeda Fire. Why re-create these garments? It takes cultural knowledge to create a traditional garment—how it is made, how it is worn, and the values it expresses. Traditional clothing is an expression of cultural continuity, minority identity, and resistance to colonial hegemony. I want to acknowledge my indigenous identity. My weaving work will continue in a lesser role.

Sylvie Baroux - Quilter

Sylvie was introduced to quilting by a close friend to celebrate their friendship. She enjoys the art as a meditation playing with design, color, comfort and beauty. When these qualities are present in an object, we care for it. When we care, we create a sustainable environment around us. 

Quilting is also sharing joy with a creative community of art lovers. The practice expresses warmth, comfort and beauty whether the quilt be placed on a bed or decorates a table or wall.

A quilt whispers a story of love in which we can delight. 

Darlene Southworth - Assemblage Artist

I create artwork in the style of assemblage, grouping found or unrelated objects into compositions including representational images such as landscapes, plants and animals, and people; abstractions; and riffs on other artists such as Calvino, Kandinsky and Picasso. My ideas come from observed images or from the found objects themselves. I arrange rusted pieces on canvas or wood and attach them by hand-stitching with diverse fibers—cotton, hemp, linen, silk, or metal. Linear pieces replace one-dimensional lines and two-dimensional flat fragments create shapes or color blocks. Because the rusted objects are somewhat familiar, the interpretation of a piece flickers between the parts and the whole.