June Monthly meeting
June 4th - 6:30 PM
Speaker Barbara Riegel Bend - Is That Beading?
Barbara Riegel Bend lives in the St Croix Valley Watershed and spends her time building fiber sculptures and managing small native prairies. During her 30-year career as a teacher she found time to study natural dyes, spinning, weaving, sewing, knitting and taking classes at the Weavers Guild and Textile Center of Minnesota. She has a BA in Applied Arts from Knox College in Galesburg IL and a MA in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Bend says “My intent is to create work that reflects our human ability to connect through whimsy, archetypes, legends, love, raw expression and our relationship to the natural environment.” Her work can be seen at Seasons on St Croix in Hudson WI, Northrup King Building, Minneapolis MN and Carnegie on Main in Zumbrota MN. She has participated for a number of years in the American Craft Council show in St Paul, at the Phipps Center for the Arts, and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago Ill. Bend’s work is part of the permanent collection at Unity Unitarian Church, St. Paul, MN, Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield NJ, House of Hope St. Paul MN, and Anna Marie House, St. Cloud MN. Her work has been recognized through a number of awards for its quality and originality.
The technique she has developed is unique to her work. She forms her sculptures by tightly wrapping knits around welded armatures creating a firm substantial structure. Quality fabrics are selected on their historic, cultural and structural voice. Bend’s work responses to the integrity of the materials which are gleaned from a cultural mix of ethnicity and consumer waste.
To see more of her work go to: www.barbbend.com
UMBS Workshop August 5
Sunday, 1-5:00 p.m. Textile Center, 3000 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
Sami-Inspired Bracelets with Katherine Buenger
These bracelets are based on the designs of the Sami people, who are the native people from the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The bracelets are constructed with traditional materials including reindeer leather, tin thread (4% silver), and reindeer antler buttons. Students will learn to make a four-strand braid using tin thread, and then they will hand sew their piece to reindeer leather to finish an elegant bracelet.
• 4 hours, all skill levels
• $30 Workshop Fee (members)
• $40 Workshop Fee (non-members)
• $22 Materials Fee (includes instructions and all materials to make one bracelet)
• Students should bring small sharp scissors and reading glasses if needed.
Sign up at the June UMBS meeting
Katherine enjoys many fiber-related arts, including weaving, spinning, Kumihimo, ply-split braiding, and braiding with Sami tin thread. Whether it is spinning the yellow pages, computer tape, or adding telephone wire to weavings, she likes finding something different and fun to do with her art. Katherine has taught Sami-inspired bracelets at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Midwest Weavers Conference, MN Federation of Weavers and Spinners, and other venues. After teaching hundreds of students, she is still having fun sharing this Nordic craft with others.
Great way for UMBS to earn income for our Education Fund!!!
And it's FREE for the user!
Have you checked out GOODSEARCH.COM?
Goodsearch.com is an internet search engine, similar to Google. There is one BIG difference. Goodsearch donates one cent, to the group of your choice, for every search! No strings attached.
I know that doesn’t sound like much, but I’ve raised over $15 for UMBS (and I don’t always remember to use it).
UMBS is a registered group on Goodsearch. When you go to the Goodsearch.com website you can register and designate UMBS as your designated organization and start the donations with your first search.
All profits from Goodsearch are put in the Education Fund of UMBS.
If each of our members joined Goodsearch – even part of the time – think about the money we can raise for classes, workshops, etc.!
GIVE IT A TRY!
by Nancy Miller
Note: We have a new link on the website called, "Product Reviews". You can get to the reviews page by clicking on "Product Reviews" on the "LINKS" page or by clicking here.
We have 2 new products reviewed: "The Traveller" by Maggie T Designs (our very own member!) and Hand Crafted Wood Bead Spinners by Jerry Ritter.
Be sure to check out the links tab on our website and click on the Member Pages link. You'll find website business links of current UMBS members for events and class information.