Aya Fiber Studio Brings Indigo And Other Dye Techniques To Southeast Florida

In the fashion magazines and furnishings catalogs, indigo is all the rage. It is no surprise, as people worldwide have been using indigo dye from the beginning of time.  If you are looking for hand dyed indigo clothing, pillows or fabric to create what you want, Suzanne Connor’s Aya Fiber Studio is THE place to be!  Located within Port Salerno’s Fish House Art Center, it is in the hub of other artists’ studios and good dining options.  The Rickie Report shares details about the DYEHOUSE and STUDIO space and encourages individuals and groups to try any of the WORKSHOPS.  Stop by on Friday, June 12th for the official GRAND Opening RECEPTION!

 

 

 

Aya Fiber Studio

 

 

Aya Fiber Studio

Fish House Art Center

4745 SE Desoto Ave

Port Salerno, Florida 34997

 

 

STUDIO GRAND OPENING RECEPTION:

FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015

6:00 PM

 

 

STUDIO and BOUTIQUE OPEN: Tuesday- Saturday

and by appointment: 336-693-4606

 

Pillows, Bed Covers

Pillows, Bed Covers

 

The excitement is building as more people hear about and take classes at Aya Fiber Studio!  Weekly and monthly WORKSHOPS are available for all ages and all levels from absolute beginners to experienced craftspeople looking to hone their skills. Teachers and speakers include local artists as well as experienced “visiting artists” from the Fiber world!

 

Using Beet Juice and Onion Skins To Dye Fabric

Using Red Beets and Onion Skins To Dye Fabric

 

 

 

Rent studio space by the hour, day, week or month to practice your new skills.  It is a great opportunity to create in an intimate fully furnished waterfront studio environment in South Florida! Use onion skins and beets for natural dyes!

 

Over-sized scarves

Over-sized scarves

 

WORKSHOPS

  • Indigo Workshops: June 8, July 13, Aug 3
  • Intro to Stitching 2 day workshops: June 14-15, July 19-20, Aug 9-10
  • Thursday Mornings @ Aya Fiber Studio- Suzanne will lead an Open Studio Session presenting different techniques.

 

REGISTER TODAY: http://www.ayafiberstudio.com/indigo-workshops/

 

 

Batik Cotton Canvas Tote with Leather Handles

Batik Cotton Canvas Tote with Leather Handles

 

Many fabrics to choose from
Many hand dyed fabrics to choose from

 

Studio equipped with:

sewing machines
serger
large cutting and work tables
irons/ironing boards
dress forms
wet area with sinks
dye equipment
drying rack and indoor lines
silk and batik frames
steamer
4 harness Leclerc floor loom
Tapestry Loom
Marbling equipment
Reference library
Computer and printer
Wi-fi also available

 

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE TODAY?

Shibori dyed Napkin Sets

Shibori dyed Napkin Sets

 

 

Suzanne tells us, “What I love about fiber art is the surprise element – the mixture of the fabric, the dye and the resist create different combinations of results that are only revealed at the final step…the magic when the freshly dyed indigo comes out of the vat and turns from green to blue right before your eyes! It is always a surprise when I unwrap a freshly dyed piece of fabric! I currently specialize in Shibori and Batik. For me, these art forms are an excuse to use vibrant colors and simple shapes to produce designs, without having to worry too much about the details –just as in life, there are no “mistakes” with fiber, and everything is always subject to change. The imperfections are all part of the creative process.  I’m always learning new techniques and experimenting so I can share them with my students. Every piece created is a unique one of a kind original!”

 

Results from a Workshop at Aya Fiber Studio

Results from a Workshop at Aya Fiber Studio

 

 

For more information please contact Suzanne Connors at:(336) 693-4606 or visit www.ayafiberstudio.com

 

or visit:

www.facebook.com/ayafiberstudio?fref=ts

 

 

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World Quilt Show Features International Competition and Local Creators, “Sisters of the Cloth”

The Mancuso Show Management’s World Quilt Show – FLORIDA, returns in early January! Hosting the World Quilt Competition Tour, it is one of the most internationally diverse exhibitions in the world of quilting and the textile arts.  The show also boasts a Merchants Mall with exhibitors offering everything needed to start those creative projects swimming in the heads of every quilt and textile artist. For inspiration or simply eye candy, attendees won’t want to miss the stunning collections of quilt, wearable, fiber and textile art. Workshops and lectures will be offered to round out this spectacular event.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share some sneak peeks from local creators, Trina Slade Burks, Barbara Cheives and Kianga Jinaki, known as “Sisters of the Cloth”. See you at the Quilt Show!

 

 

QUILT SHOW

 

World Quilt Show – Florida VI

January 8-10, 2015

 

QUILT SHOW & MERCHANTS MALL

 

The Merchants Mall and Quilt Show will be open:

Thursday, January 8   10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday, January 9         10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 10   10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

Featuring the World Quilt Competition XVIII: On Tour

 

Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Boulevard     W. Palm Beach, Florida

 

 

 

Barbara Cheives, Pillows and Scarf

Barbara Cheives, Pillows and Scarf

The World Quilt Show – Florida features an exciting Merchants Mall offering the best in fabrics, notions, machines, contemporary and antique quilts, textiles, quilting supplies, books, sewing related craft items, kits, clothing and much, much more.

 

Admission:
Admission for the Merchants Mall and Quilt Show is $12 and includes re-admission. Accompanied children under the age of 16 are admitted free. Show admission for all three days is included with pre-registration. Discounts for groups of 20 or more can be arranged; please contact our office at (215) 862-5828 for details. PLEASE: no pull-along carts allowed on show floor.

 

Parking:
There is a $5 charge for parking at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (subject to change). Additional parking is available across the street in the parking garage at CityPlace which charges $1/hour with the first hour free and a maximum of $5 (subject to change).

 

"Audience" by Kianga Jinaka

“Audience” by Kianga Jinaki

 

Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce the return of the World Quilt Show – FLORIDA! This show will play host to the World Quilt Competition Tour, one of the most internationally diverse exhibitions in the world of quilting and the textile arts. Join us for a magnificent quilt and textile art experience. This spectacular site is the perfect location at the perfect time of year for this new and exciting venue. The show will boast a Merchants Mall with exhibitors offering everything needed to start those creative projects swimming in the heads of every quilt and textile artist. Also, for inspiration or simply eye candy, attendees won’t want to miss the stunning collection of quilt, wearable, fiber and textile art. Workshops and lectures will also be offered up to round out this spectacular event.

 

 

Trim Basket from Trina Slade-Burk

Trim Basket from Trina Slade-Burks

 

 

Sisters in the Cloth at the World Quilt Show

 

 

Friends, colleagues, and fellow fiber artists Kianga Jinaki, Trina Slade-Burks and Barbara Cheives are coming together for a first-of-its-kind booth at the World Quilt Show.

 

The Sisters in the Cloth booth will feature authentic African textiles, vintage Japanese kimono and obi fabrics. Select imported and domestic contemporary fabrics along with ribbons, beads and hand made trims and embellishments will round out their offerings. One of a kind wearable and decorative items designed by these visionary fabric artists will be available at their booth.

 

In addition to the opportunity to purchase unique items, this fun and interactive booth will feature ongoing mini-workshops, demos and educational sessions. Learn about the history of kimono, African weaving techniques, textiles as art, and ‘how to’ lessons for your own fabric creations.

"Bride and Groom" by Barbara Cheives

“Bride and Groom” by Barbara Cheives

Trina Slade-Burks

“Sewing and working with fabric was always something that I was fascinated with since I was a little girl. My mother would create fabulous outfits using patterns and designs either store-bought or from her own artistic creations. I personally did not have an interest in using the sewing machine, however, I did learn how to do basic hand sewing.  I was always intrigued by lace and other types of trim and I temporarily considered fashion design as a career path.”

 

 

"Doll Baby" by Trina Slade-Burks

“Doll Baby” by Trina Slade-Burks

Trina tells The Rickie Report, ” When I moved to south Florida, my pen pal from New York encouraged me to work for a company called Brooklyn Bow and Ribbon. It was an 80-year hat bow company that moved from Long Island New York to Riviera Beach. They produced bows for clothing and packaging. I started in their factory and ended up being a designer for their sales department. I would turn blasé sales boards into trendy works of art. It got to the point that the sales people were spoiled by the visual intensity of the work I would produce with basic fabric and bows. Hence, my love of playing with fabrications began! 

 I continue to incorporate fabric into a lot of my artwork stemming from what I used to do for BBR.  I realized that fashion design did not need to be my path, for me to pursue my love of working with fabrications and textiles”.  To reach Trina, please email: trinasb@atbfineartists.com

Barbara Cheives

“Over the years I have developed an appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan. I also have a natural affinity for the African culture.  “Afrasia” was born as a unique marriage of cultures that preserves vintage Japanese Kimono and Obi blended with modern African fabric, African inspired trims, beads, and “found” items.”

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “I spend my days as a consultant working to bridge the gap between cultures and I continue that work through my art. As a Fiber Artist, my one of a kind wearable and decorative art represents a harmonious blend of cultures”.  Contact her at afrasia1@bellsouth.net  or https://www.facebook.com/barbara.cheives

 

Handmade dolls by Kianga Jinaki

Handmade Dolls by Kianga Jinaki

Close-Up of Embellishments, Kianga Jinaki

Close-Up of Embellishments, Kianga Jinaki

Kianga Jinaki

 

 

Kianga Jinaki is a Contemporary Folk Artist. She creates dolls, quilts, and mix-media collages using traditional African textiles, beads and cultural references. Kianga’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Currently, her work can be found at CGMS Gallery  15 South J Street in Lake Worth, Florida and on her website: www.kiangajinaki.com As a part of the quilt show Ms. Jinaki will offer an assortment of African textiles, African glass and metal beads for sale along with her original artworks.

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Quilt Show please contact:

Mancuso Show Management     PO Box 667  New Hope, PA 18938

215-862-5828     Fax 215-862-9753     mancuso@quiltfest.com

 http://www.quiltfest.com/activities.asp?id=36 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291