• NUMBER 2 •
• VOLUME 53 •
Letter From Our President
Cheri Jolivette

Happy New Year!

There is good news for our Guild. In December I noted that we had a positive financial year last year, and since we have the reserves that we need to keep as a 501c3, the Board decided to spend our surplus on additional education for our members.

To that end, we have scheduled 2 additional Zoom lectures.
Please put these two dates on your calendar:
Feb 9 with Kim Thittichai from Ireland at 10 am
     May 23 with Sue Benner
Kim’s Zoom link is in this newsletter. Sue’s link will show up later.

We have such a great Board! But we did have a resignation of the Publicity Chair.
This is not a difficult job to see that the Guild programs are put out publicly. We would like that position filled. Please let me know if you would consider this position.

Also we need a President Elect ….. I will step down as President at the end of the March meeting, and Susan Allen will take over as President then. But we will need a President Elect by September, if the Guild plans to continue. This job isn’t that onerous…please plan to say yes to that job, when you are asked by a Board member. The membership basically told us at the September meeting that the President need Not stay on as Past President. With that situation, the whole Board will take responsibility for filling the Slate of Officers. So the job will only be 2 years, one as President Elect, and then one as President.

Finally, we plan to meet in person in March. We will have a live, not Zoom, meeting. All members who attend will show their vaccination card and will wear a mask. We will be choosing a meeting space that is a generous size to spread out in. Diane Ericson will be our speaker and she will bring a trunk show of her fashions which we will want to carefully look at!! I will have a chance to see you all in person!

Cheri Jolivette
Reports For Members
Please click on the red boxes below to read these documents
Bonus Zoom lecture for CFG Members!

How to Break Your Creative Block by Kim Thittichai

10am, Wednesday February 9, 2022

However experienced you are, and whatever media you use, there are times when you just can't get started. This has been particularly true during the pandemic. Many of us have lost our confidence at some stage over the past 2 years. The word design tends to get most makers worried. There are ways to help yourself. Whilst we would all love to be able to sit at our workspace and have ideas flowing every time we need them, most of us need some kind of catalyst to create original and exciting work. Kim will take us through a few of the ways that she uses to help her students, and herself, get started on new ideas.

Kim writes about herself: "I have long been fascinated by the seemingly endless variety of textures and colors to be found in textiles and took up the challenge of experimenting with heat, dyes, glues and stitch to create new textured surfaces and three-dimensional forms. I have shared this passion through teaching workshops and writing books and have thoroughly enjoyed the adventure but needed a little more me-time to develop my work. A move from the city of Brighton on England’s south coast to the Loop Head peninsula on the coast of west Clare in Ireland was a big change for me, but one that I was ready to embrace. I left behind the noise and bustle of a busy city for the peace and quiet of a rural landscape and adopted a more mindful lifestyle."

Kim has provided an exercise if any members want to have a go.There are 2 videos on her YouTube channel. This one is the most important - The Journey - Time Lapse
You will need a sheet of cartridge paper, about 24" x 34", torn in half lengthways and taped together in the middle to create a long sheet of paper, 5 different width paintbrushes from 2" down to very fine, and slightly watered down black acrylic paint. The paint needs to flow easily.
Here is a second video to give you an overview - The Journey - Why and How!

And finally....
Here's the Zoom information for Kim's Feb 9, 10am meeting

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Tips from Our Vice President
Susan Allen
iPhone users
How often we attempt to capture the magic of a flower petal, rain drops, or a sunset with our iPhones!!!! As our eyes see art possibilities, what is the best way to capture that, easily?

Discovery of an online product has opened my eyes to so many possibilities with my phone! 
This is a reasonably priced opportunity to learn how to improve your picture taking skills, whether you use an old or new iPhone! 

iphonephotographyschool.com (with Emil Pakarklis)

Check it out! 
The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts

Columbia Fiberarts Guild is a sponsor of the upcoming Maryhill Museum The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts featuring 13 regional fiber artists working with communities along 220 miles of the Columbia River from the Willamette Confluence to the Snake River Confluence.

Each artist will:
  • design an original fiber artwork collaborating with a Community Partner in their assigned section;
  • engage with and draw inspiration from their interactions with the people of the community and with the river;
  • interact with community members and create unique installations, sculpture, and innovative designs attached to that specific site;
  • engage with educational opportunities to inspire and educate about fiber arts.

As the CFG Outreach Project for 2022, we are exploring ways to interact with Amanda Triplett who is working in collaboration with Lewis & Clark University this spring.

Check out the latest update on the Maryhill Museum website www.maryhillmuseum.org
Click on the link to this video: Carolyn Hazel Drake video highlighting one of the artists and provides a live peek into Carolyn's workshop and creative process.

Mark you calendar for August 6, 2022 for the CFG road trip to Maryhill Museum to view the completed project.
Any membership related questions, please contact:
Carolyn Walwyn, Membership Chair, at: Carolyn.walwyn@gmail.com

News From
Our Program Chairperson Karen Miller
Great news for this year's upcoming workshops

Pandemic not withstanding, all of the scheduled classes are filled or filling. This is a tribute to the continuing enthusiasm of this great guild. 

We are committing to a second session for Susan Brandeis. I will be sending an email to everyone in the class and on the waiting list soon to get enrollment sorted between the two sessions, Sept 8-10 and Sept 15-17. 

Diane Ericson’s wonderful garment designing class has a few more spots left and needs to fill soon so we can finalize the class list for her. 
Diane's workshop: March 10-11, $250, 'Garment Design and Draping'

Both these classes will be held in the very large classroom at the Beaverton Mill End Store, where we can spread out well and where supplies we may need can easily be purchased. 

Kerr Grabowski’s first online class is full June 9-11 and we are starting a waiting list for a second possible session on June 13-15, $160, 'Deconstructed Screen Printing'.

See our website: https://www.columbiafiberartsguild.org/ for further details.
Online Exhibit
Dream in Color Online Exhibit Submissions Now Open

Four Square in Pink
by Jill Hoddick
Photo credit: Hoddick Photography
Do you ever dream in color? Are there favorite colors that stand out and those that disappear? Can you feel colors? Is that a pleasant experience? Do you remember the hues you have experienced in your dreams? Were they the colors of reality or made up just for the dream? These may be some of the questions you ask yourself as you think about this quarter’s online exhibition theme.

Dream in Color is the theme of the fourth CFG website exhibit. Submissions close on January 31, 2022. On the submission form you will be asked to write a 250 character artist statement highlighting the connection to our theme, and the materials/techniques used. You also must provide a professional quality photograph of the piece. Click on the button below to go to the online submission form:
The Committee encourages participation from all our members. We are interested in seeing the artwork you are producing including wearables, quilts, felted objects, embroidery or beaded projects, 3 D fiber and the like. Each artist may submit up to 3 pieces.

If you have questions, please contact Jill Hoddick at  hoddick@up.edu
Members' Work

Pam Pilcher's quilt, Mad as a Wet Hen, has been selected for the show Birds of a Fiber at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner, WA. It will be on display there from January 26 - February 27, 2022.

Mad as a Wet Hen
 27" x 23”
Photo credit:
Rebecca Pilcher-Cleland
Kathie Kerler's wallhanging, P is for Poppy and Periwinkle, has been juried into the Road to California show, which takes place from January 19-22, 2022.

P is for Poppy and Periwinkle
67" x 39.5”
Photo credit: Kayley Hoddick

Lifeline by Noelle Evans has been curated into the Chehalem Cultural Center’s Global Warning exhibit. The exhibit will be open from February 4, 2022 to April 1, 2022. An artist reception will be held on February 4th from 5pm – 7pm at the Chehalem Cultural Center, located at 415 E Sheridan, Newberg OR. Phone: 503-487-6883.

34" x 23"
Photo credit: Noelle Evans
(whole quilt above, detail to right)

Carla Osterby's Mr. Woolrich was selected to be included in Martha Sielman’s upcoming book about fiber artists who are inspired by birds. Publication date is early 2023.

Technique: Needle felting

Wool; up-cycled Woolrich sweater; natural elements; mixed media materials (pipe cleaners, tape and paint).

Size: 11" x 4" x 1.5"

Photos by artist
(close up left)

Completed in 2021.

High Fiber Diet Group
Upcoming Tightwire Challenge

From Leotie Richards, exhibit committee for Tightwire
Here is a short related video called Lady Dancing Above New York, 300ft high in 1931:

Click on the button below for the challenge prospectus:
Wearables Group

January 17th Wearables Group Zoom Meeting

Want to clean up some of the scraps in your stash? "Turning remnants into wearable art: how to incorporate scraps into garment design”. Portland artist Amy Daileda of Vivid Element will share some ways she uses zero waste ideas for clothing design and makes her tiny remnants the star of the show. She will offer a brief tutorial for incorporating a collage of scraps into your next project. Find inspiration to use what you already have for your next garment design.

Meetings will again be held virtually at Zoom café. Call in on January 17th at 9:45-10:00 am and be ready to share the projects you've been working on for the last few months. Reminders with the address will be sent out the weekend before (same address as last month).
If you aren't already on the mailing list, contact Jane Wolfe at: jwolfe@quantumleaders.com

As of January 1, Jane will no longer be president of the Wearables Group. Joyce Kelly will be sending you the news so please change your announcements for the newsletter to her name and email: joycekellydesigns@gmail.com

Everyone is invited to stay in touch and share projects on our Facebook page at Creative Wearables Group.
Surface Design Group
A Message from Karin Graves, Previous Surface Design Group Facilitator

Dear CFG members,

I am the past facilitator for Surface Design. It was a fun monthly meeting held at Mill Ends in Beaverton before Covid. SD has been happening for several years. We've met in the back room and enjoyed many speakers and show and tell. Sharing our ideas, successes, failures and experiments. I no longer want to be the facilitator and would like to pass the needle!

The Guild funds our speakers so if there is no interest there will be NO Surface Design PAID speakers.

I will help and support whomever takes over. Speak up if you want the guild to save Surface Design.

Please contact Linda Hansen asap  lindap_hansen@yahoo.com if you have interest in being the facilitator or are just plain interested in getting together once a month in Beaverton to be inspired by other members’ ideas.

Surface Design needs a facilitator to exist.

Thank you all,
Karin Graves
Announcements of Local Fiber Events
Mending the Social Fabric

Please go see this incredibly creative and timely fiber installation by our good friend fiber artist Bonnie Meltzer. And take the opportunity to participate yourself in "mending the social fabric."

Click the link at the end of the paragraph to read a good article explaining the inception, process, and experience Bonnie had in producing this work of art. "A sewing bee that can help mend our society". You will also see photos of textile artist Bonnie Meltzer and a lot of helpers transform a giant parachute into a symbol of hope at the Jewish Museum: Mending the Social Fabric
Tikkun Olam: Mending the Social Fabric is on view at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education through January 29, 2022. Museum admission is $8 adults, $5 students & seniors, free for members & children younger than 12; there is no extra charge to see the installation.
The museum, at 724 NW Davis Street, on Portland’s North Park Blocks, is open from 11-4, Wed-Sat. Masks are required.

MENDING BEE DAYS: Jan 6, 13, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, no appointment necessary.  
VISIBLE MENDING WORKSHOP: Saturday Jan 15, 12-3pm. $8 Members, $10 Non-Members
SPECIAL CLOSING CEREMONY: Saturday Jan 29 at 2pm.

Make an appointment for up to 5 people with Bonnie, any Wed - Sat 11:30am, 1 or 2:30pm via:  bonnieemeltzer@gmail.com, or 503-285-3131 (no text).
Worth the Drive!

Fri-Sun: Jan 21-23 and Feb 4-6, 9am-2pm

Peninsula Senior Activity Center,
21603 O Lane, Ocean Park, WA

Hundreds, maybe thousands, of yards of excellent quality cotton fabric @ $5/yard
prints, batiks, solids, orientals, etc

From Billie Warrick blwarrick@charter.net
Help CFG free when you shop!
Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. The donation will be made at no extra cost to you and you can choose Columbia Fiberarts Guild as your charitable organization.

It’s a win-win, and it’s simple:
  • Log onto Amazon’s non-profit site at smile.amazon.com;
  • Do your shopping;
  • When asked, designate Columbia Fiberarts Guild as the charity of your choice;
  • Check out as you normally would on Amazon;
  • Amazon does the rest. They will donate a percentage of their profits to Columbia Fiberarts at no extra cost to you!
Free/For Sale by Members
Bernina 7 & 8 Series FREE Embroidery Module

FREE when you pick it up!

This unit is still in its original packaging and has never been used.

I bought a Bernina B770 in November 2020 and now realize I’m just not going to use the embroidery module, which was a free add-on.

I would love for someone to love it and use it.

Contact me for my address. Please leave a message if I don’t answer.

Laurie Gunn (CFG member)
503 333 9764
The Fine Print
Please send items for publication in the newsletter to:
The Columbia FiberArts Guild meets quarterly in March, June, September and December. No newsletter is published in those months. The newsletter is published eight times a year: October, November, January, February, April, May, July, August. Deadline for articles is around the 10th of the month of publication and will be detailed in the email reminder for articles.
2021-2022 Executive Board & Committee Chairs
President:  Cheri Jolivette
President Elect: Susan Allen
Secretary: Lottie Smith
Treasurer: Beth Wells 
Online Exhibits: Jill Hoddick
Membership: Carolyn Walwyn
Newsletter: Sue Redhead 
Outreach: Katie Walwyn
Program: Karen Miller
Program Elect:  Peggy Ellis, Lottie Smith, Emily Stevens
Webmaster: Doug Garnett &
Judith Quinn Garnett
CFG Board Meetings 
Meetings are held monthly on the first Monday when there is no quarterly meeting and are open to the membership to attend. Contact the President for more information.
Committees are: Exhibits, Membership, Newsletter, Outreach, Programs, Publicity and Webmaster
Minutes of meetings are posted in the CFG Newsletter.

Creating with FiberArts together for over 50 years . . .