Athens Fibercraft Guild welcomes all amateur and professional fiber artists including knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, fabric designers, basket makers, quilters and embroiderers who share their talents. Meetings are held on the second Tuesdays of the months September through June at 12:30 pm at the Lyndon House Arts Center, 211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601 and feature programs about the fiber arts. Everyone is invited and is welcome to bring any fiber craft that you have made for show and tell. There will be an opportunity to join the guild if interested.
The program at the November 12 meeting will be presented by Shirley Chambliss. Shirley is a weaver and will share her expertise on planning & creating the artwork, designing & then hanging an exhibition of one’s art. Shirley’s “One Woman Show” at OCAF last year prompted us to ask her to present a program to our Guild. She will share her handwoven art with us along with how to plan, create, design & hang your own one-person exhibit.
Shirley received her BFA at UGA and worked as an architectural interior designer with large design firms. Three years into this work, she began to consider what her art would be like, personally created from beginning to end, without the collaborations required and enjoyed with owners, architects, etc. Fiber is the tactile medium Shirley had always felt personally connected to when designing. She then returned to UGA and earned her MFA in Fabric Design. Her thesis show combined both her interest in interior design and fiber with an 18’ x 6’ portable environment, which included rugs, room dividers, upholstery wall hangings, etc. Shirley was then offered a job teaching in Maine, where she saw people living intentionally with crafted items. This aspect inspired her to meld her work in contemporary interior design to include the value of the touch of hand.
After working, teaching, and exhibiting in Maine, North Carolina, District of Columbia, Florida and Georgia, Shirley moved home to Athens. For many years she worked from a studio at OCAF. Recently Shirley moved her studio to the Leathers Building at 675 Pulaski Street, Suite 2200, Athens, GA. She has had assistantships at Haystack, Penland, and Haystack-Hinkley Arts Centers. During her 21 years practicing weaving, she has been involved in many exhibits, among her favorites are: Cummer Gallery, Jacksonville, FL; the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; and Renwick Museum, Washington DC.
Currently, Shirley has been working on two harness weaving with an emphasis on a feeling of lineal infinity. She communicates her feelings in her work by using the sensuality of color and texture in fiber while emphasizing her interest in design simplicity.
Everyone is invited and is welcome to bring any fiber craft that you have made for show and tell. There will be an opportunity to join if interested. Go to the Athens Fibercraft Guild website at https://athensfiber.org for more info. Bringing together professional and amateur artists alike, the Athens Fibercraft Guild is home to a network of knitters, weavers, spinners, fabric designers, quilters and other fiber artists. Text inquiries to 678-772-5138.