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Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh

Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh has been affiliated with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts since 1963. Over the years, the Guild has evolved with the contemporary craft movement into an organization seeking to build an audience for contemporary fiber art. The Fiberarts Guild provides a support community for artists and others interested in the medium. This community encourages individual artistic growth and brings together a group of people who seek to enrich the culture of the region through their activities.

The Guild offers a yearly program of workshops and lectures given by respected artists, collectors, and curators. Topics include current trends, slide presentations by individual artists, textile history, design, and technique. The Guild is currently developing educational outreach programs for adults and children.

Guild-sponsored exhibitions create opportunities for established and emerging artists to exhibit side by side, introduce new works to curators, galleries and critics and promote the medium to the general public. In recent years, the Guild's outreach has extended beyond the region to national and international artists, curators, collectors, and enthusiasts through sponsorship of the triennial Fiberart International exhibition. Support for artists and development and continuance of the medium are at the core of guild values and activities. For more information, visit


November 19, 2010- January 23, 2011
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Recycling has been an important part of our lives for the past several decades. But is it always ‘waste’ or yet another creative material? In recycling we not only refer to a discarded item reused—the cycle of materials—but to the cycle of the process, the cycle of creating and the cycle of ideas that go into the creative fiber process. There are many techniques that can be re-cycled and applied to new materials in a traditional way.

All artists are welcome to submit.
Juror: Jozef Bajus
Jurying: October 23, 2010 at PCA.
re.CYCLE.fiber prospectus

Upcoming Programs:

November 5th Friday 7-9pm
Lecture, “Spontaneous Printing Methods for Fiber Embellishment”

Sharon McCartney
In addition to showing images of her work, Sharon will share not only gelatin printing, but some transfer methods, sun printing and rust printing, used to create multi-layered surfaces.

November 6 Saturday 9:30am-4:30 pm
Workshop, Gelatin Printing for Embellishment, Sharon McCartney

Sixth Presbyterian Church , Squirrel Hill, FEE: $50 MATERIALS FEE:$15-$20

Spend a day creating a rich variety of surface designs using an innovative low-tech printing method. No presses necessary, you will print with water-soluble inks, using a “plate” made of gelatin. This method yields precise impressions on paper or fabric. Classroom discussion will include instructions for adapting this printing method to the use of acrylics for permanent images on fabric. You’ll leave with a satisfying “stash” of unique collage materials to inspire new work.