A series of Process Projects by a Chicago based group of women artists
working in fiber.
Jan Gerber, coordinator and curator
Chicago Botanic Garden - November 7-10, 2013
What is a Process Project?
A group of Artists aware of the problem solving process, solving the same problem. They meet regularly to present & discuss their preconceived ideas - tests, trials & changes in course that lead to the AHAA! moment - when each artist sees clearly what she will produce.
The Artists Statement
Most contain something personal, a connection to the inspiration: a memory, a life changing event, humor, or a desire to experiment with a new technique. Many share frustrations, process, materials, and "that moment of knowing often referred to as the AHAA moment", when thinking motivates doing.
Who We Are
Members of the Weavers Guild of the North Shore, The North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, and the Illinois Quilters Inc.
How did we come together?
The Fine Art of Fiber brought the three groups together at The Chicago Botanic Garden in 1997. The weavers were taking a workshop with Anita Mayer, who had created six wearable garments she called mantles. Each of her mantles represents a woman’s rite of passage. In 1998 Jan Gerber convinced Anita to conduct a mantle workshop with members from all three groups. "Mantles" was the first project. Our second project, "Circles & Cycles", was also mentored by Anita Mayer. "Blooming Botanicals", the third project, had a botanical theme honoring The Chicago Botanic Garden and was mentored by a local artist. The group self-mentored a fourth project titled "Purse-n-alities"; a fifth project titled "Robes"'; a sixth project titled "10 Easy Pieces"; a seventh project, Ten Easy Pieces: Reflections of Life; an eighth project Aprons: Myth Memory Fantasy, and our ninth project, Footwear: Women's Stories.
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Last Updated November 7, 2013