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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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Art Night at SpringHill Suites Marriott Benefits Boys & Girls Club

This is the ultimate expression of art, community based artists, a large corporation, and a local charity coming together.  The Rickie Report loves it!  The Marriott’s SpringHill Suites on Metrocentre Blvd in West Palm Beach is celebrating “Free Expressions Art Night”  Read more here about the event and the Boys & Girls Club.

SpringHill Suites Mariott

Invites You to

Free Expressions

ART NIGHT

Wednesday, June 19th

5:30 – 8:00 pm

2437 Metrocentre Blvd

I-95 and 45 Street

West Palm Beach, FL

From glass sculptures to photography, SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotels nationwide embrace creativity of all types this month with Free Expressions Art Night SpringHill Suites, a brand program that celebrates local art and originality. Partnering with individual community based talent, galleries and schools, ArtNight is a platform for artists to showcase their creativity, to the delight of guests and neighbors. “ArtNight takes the guest travel and discovery experience to another level.” Embracing the local art scene allows us to connect with our communities and helps make hotel stays more inspiring.”

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  Manager, Joe Dunann and Sales Manager, Becky Reincke told The Rickie Report, “We are proud to be owned and operated by OTO Development! They believe in a Commitment to the Community”!  “Actions taken on a daily basis form a sequence of events that define a company. OTO cares passionately about our team members, customers, and the communities in which we operate. Whether designing environmentally friendly new hotels or helping others in our communities, we intend to be an active participant in efforts to make the world a better place.”  Both Joe and Becky serve on the Board of the local Boys and Girls Club.

 

 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 youth development organization serving the County’s most disadvantaged youth.  The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is to inspire and assist all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Ensuring a meaningful education to help every child succeed inAmericahas never been more crucial than it is today.America’s young people are performing poorly in school. Despite decades of reform, the American educational system is struggling to meet the increasing demands placed on it. The 7,500 children served by the Boys & Girls Clubs annually attend, for the most part; the County’s lowest performing schools. The attention they are not receiving in school is multiplied by a lack of supervision at home.

 

 

Customers Looking Through Previous Exhibit

 

 

Living in single parent or nontraditional family situations, at or near the poverty level, our parents and/or guardians are often left with few if any alternative, but to allow their children to go home alone. Consider, 83 percent of the members at the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County are classified as latchkey children, compounding the alarming rates of academic failure among our area’s children.

Artwork on Display at 2012 Event

 

 

Those children who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs are given a safe, secure haven where they can be kids, build friendships, receive academic tools that will promote better achievement, and learn life skills that will enable them to successfully transition from childhood to adulthood, despite economic hardship and their community’s environment.

 

The programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs work.  They provide core programming in six areas that are nationally recognized and outcome-driven, including: education and career development; character and leadership development; sports, fitness and recreation; health and life skills, technology; and cultural arts. Statistically, the majority of  their Club members score higher than their same school peers in reading and math on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, as a direct result of attending the Boys & Girls Clubs.  The guidance shown to Club members help them learn to appreciate the intrinsic feelings of success that come from realizing their potential.

 

 

The Rickie Report urges our readers to contact Deb Warzin to see how you can help with this worthwhile organization.  They will be planning fundraisers and if enough artists and artisans contact them, it could have an art theme!  Deb is Vice President of Marketing & Community Outreach. Office:  561.683.3287 ext. 29 or Cell: 561.846.2881 ,  email her:  dwarzin@bgcpbc.org or see their website: www.bgcpbc.org

 

 

Becky and Joe are looking forward to planning more art-related events in our area. Becky can be reached at:  561-207-3126 or Cell: 561-301-3660 or becky.reincke@otodevelopment.com  .  She and Joe oversee SpringHill Suites By Marriott at 2437 Metrocentre Blvd.  West Palm Beach, FL 33407 and Homewood Suites by Hilton 2455 Metrocentre Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33407

 

 

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

Where to Get Your Work Published

The Rickie Report is waiting to hear from those of you who get the nod to be included in any of these publications!    More publication opportunities will follow, so stayed tuned to The Rickie Report!

Stampington Company

www.stampington.com

Stampington & Company offers anyone the opportunity to get their creations published in our standing or special publications. For all publications, please follow the General Artwork Submission Guidelines as follows:
GENERAL ARTWORK SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All artwork must arrive at our offices on or before the published deadlines.  We prefer submissions of original art.  If original art is not available, our next preference is hi-res digital images (300 dpi at 8½” x 10″).  If hi-res digital images are not available, we will very rarely consider professional-quality transparencies or color slides.  Color-copy submissions are not accepted.

All artwork must be identified with the artist’s name, address, e-mail and phone number clearly printed on a label attached to each sample.  As artwork often gets separated from instructions during our selection process, we ask that you also inscribe your name and address somewhere on each piece of art.  If you desire acknowledgment of artwork receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

For  collaborative projects, it is the responsibility of the submitting artist to obtain permission from each participant prior to submission.  In addition, each  piece of the collaborative must be labeled with contact information of the artist who created it.  Please be aware that the collaborative project in its entirety will only be returned to the submitting artist and must have sufficient return postage.

If the artwork is three-dimensional, please attach your identification with a removable string, or pack the sample in a plastic bag with your identification. Artwork without proper identification will not be considered

Depending on the publication, concise yet thorough instructions must accompany each art sample. Attach individual sample instructions to each piece of artwork and include credits for art stamp images used, as well as any other products of note. If you are able, please keep an electronic version of your instructions, as you may be requested to send those in if your work is selected for publication.Please send submissions to:   (Name of Magazine Title)             22992 Mill Creek, Suite B             Laguna Hills, CA 92653ARTWORK MANAGEMENT POLICY Sometimes, a piece of artwork submitted for one issue may be better suited for an upcoming issue. Other times, submissions are forwarded for consideration to the editors of our sister publications. For these reasons we may hold your sample for an extended period of time — 9-12 months is common.Rest assured that we will take excellent care of your artwork, but Stampington cannot be held responsible for damage or loss due to circumstances beyond our control. In the meantime, if you move, please send a postcard or e-mail to the editor with your new address.Due to the large volume of artwork we receive, Somerset Studio will return only those submissions accompanied by sufficient postage in the form of cash, check or money order made out to Stampington & Company. We can not offer delivery confirmation; however, we are happy to put insurance on the submission. If you wish to have your artwork insured for the return journey, please include sufficient funds and indicate your preference in a postcard or letter enclosed with your submission. Please do not attach postage to packaging, and do not send loose postage stamps. Contributors from outside the US, please send cash, check, or money order in US funds to Stampington & Company.
For those titles that run feature articles, please see the following Writers’ Submission Guidelines:
WRITERS’ SUBMISSION GUIDELINESIf you have a unique artistic technique you’d like to share with others, please send samples of your artwork accompanied by a query letter outlining your article idea to the respective Managing Editor at:(Name of Magazine Title) 22992 Mill Creek, Suite B   Laguna Hills, CA 92653.  Managing editors also welcome brief e-mail queries. (E-mail address can be found on the masthead of each publication.)  No telephone calls, please.  Please note that the artwork itself often sells the article. Managing editors seek first-rate projects and encourage artists who have not published articles before to submit ideas, as editorial assistance will be provided. Competitive editorial compensation is provided for all published articles.Depending on which magazine you are most interested in submitting artwork to, you are encouraged to review any additional guidelines that are unique to each magazine, which are published in each issue of all standing titles.

Belle Armoire

Inspired Artisan Designers of art-to-wear garments and accessories can find inspiration from almost anywhere. For Susanna Gordon, in our March/April 2008 issue of Belle Armoire, it was the floor-to-ceiling chalkboard menu from French cafés that inspired her handbag design. We challenge you to keep your eyes open to observe things on the ground, in the air, in and around buildings… or any other place you find yourself, to get inspired for your next art-to-wear design.  For your creation to be considered for publication for future installments of The Inspired Artisan, please send a hi-resolution digital image (300 dpi at 8″ x 10″) of the inspiration (either e-mailed to the Editor-in-Chief at beleditor@bellearmoire.com or burned on a CD) along with your actual art-to-wear creation to Belle Armoire by following the Submission Guidelines. Deadline: Ongoing.

 Student Runway Belle Armoire seeks original, handmade artwear by students and working apprentices to present as part of the Student Runway Department. To be considered for publication, please see top of page for details on mailing artwork and ensuring its return. Artwear may include garments, jewelry and accessories, and projects and techniques may encompass sewing; knitting and crochet; mixed-media adornment of clothing, jewelry and accessories; surface embellishment; beading; wirework; glass; and polymer and art metal clay. Submissions should include information on apparel, textiles, jewelry or other classes taken, as well as contact information for an instructor or professor overseeing your studies. The editor welcomes brief e-mail queries at beleditor@bellarmoire.com. Deadline: Ongoing.

On the Surface           You can’t go wrong with playing with surface treatments on a piece of fabric or favorite garment. From dyeing to painting to burning and so much more, surface treatments are an easy way to personalize an artistic garment. Whether you’re a pro at a surface treatment, or have never tried before, we’d like to see what you can do on the surface. Play with one treatment or several, show it off with a jacket, dress, or scarf — however you decide  to do it, we can’t wait to see what you can do with surface treatments! Deadline: Ongoing.

Mingle

Unique gatherings take center stage with our newest publication, Mingle! From unique theme ideas to unexpected exchanges to artistic retreats and adventures, Mingle will provide the alluring tales and extraordinary techniques of hosting exceptional gatherings with an artistic flair. For this new publication, we are looking for photos and stories from unique gatherings, inventive invitations, party planning tips, table setting designs, and any other details from get-togethers with friends and fellow artists — both large and small! Submissions can be emailed to the editor at mingle@stampington.com, or saved on a disc and sent to our physical mailing address. If selected, we will need hi-res versions of your photographs. Deadline for artwork to be received: Semiannually every May 15th and November 15th.

Somerset Studio

     It’s nearly impossible to hear Edgar Allan Poe’s name without thoughts  of ravens and ghosts coming to mind. From “The Tell-Tale Heart” to “The  Fall of the House of Usher” to “The Raven” we’re all familiar with his  bone-chilling work.
For our next Halloween issue of Somerset Studio, we thought that Edgar  Allan Poe’s great work would be the perfect inspiration. It’s time to  brush the dust off his books and find a story to inspire your  Halloween-themed inspirations. His work is also readily available  online. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Deadline for artwork to be received: October 15, 2012.

A Somerset Summer To me, there is no season more inspirational than summer. Nights spent outdoors, fireflies flickering in the sky, running barefoot through the grass – there’s nothing better. For the July/August 2012 issue, we’re asking for you to look past the sometimes oppressive summer heat to the beauty found only in summertime. Are you moved by the cool blues of the ocean, or do you love the look of your July garden? Whatever it is – journals, assemblages, altered books – we want to see artwork inspired by summer.  Deadline for artwork to be received: February 15, 2012.

 Cards Thank you to all artists who continue to submit dimensional works for Somerset Studio. Please also note that we have an on-going need for cards and other smaller flat works of art. This is an on-going call for each theme as outlined above. Deadline: Ongoing.

Stamper's Sampler

Put a Cork on It! Corkboard has so many crafting possibilities and creative uses. We challenge you to come up with a unique and interesting way to incorporate corkboard with stamping. Purchase thin sheets and die-cut it, cut out cute shapes, add a corkboard border to a card like Amanda B. Jones in the card pictured below, stamp onto it, use it as a panel, paint it, tear it, shred it and sprinkle it, or find another original way to add it as an embellishment. We can’t wait to see what you come with it for the July/August/September issue! Absolute Deadline — January 15, 2012

Skipping Stone Gray  Last year, we wanted to see the brightest and boldest stamped artwork you could create with sunshine yellow, and we received such an amazing assortment of cards and projects. Our annual color challenge is back, and time around, we want to tone it down a tad with the refreshing shade of skipping stone gray. Due to a printing error, the color shown in the December/January Issue doesn’t match the title. But, as it turns out, we do like the color. Moving forward, incorporate the shade of blue shown or a pale (skipping stone) gray into your cards for this challenge. The choice is up to you. Absolute Deadline is January 15, 2012

Themeless Artwork   As part of our shift to quarterly and the new and larger size of The Stampers’ Sampler, we would love to make our Feeling Themeless a recurring department! So, create to your heart’s content, free of any restraints, and remember to share the results with us. Absolute Deadline — Ongoing

A Call for Articles   We are always looking for new and innovative stamping articles. If you’re interested in submitting an idea for an upcoming issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, we would love to see it. Just send us 5–10 cards that demonstrate the same theme, a new stamping technique, a unique usage of an unexpected or interesting material, or an exciting project. Just make sure it has stamping on it! Absolute Deadline — Ongoing

Art Doll

Shelf Sitter Challenge    We love Amy Fowler-Farrell’s darling felted Knee Hugger dolls that are in our Winter issue. These cute little dolls with bendable knees are often called shelf sitters. They perch on mantles, shelves, a stack of books or wherever they can find a place to land. Shelf sitters can be created out of felt, cloth,  clay, wood, and more. So here’s our challenge to you: create a shelf sitter doll out of your preferred medium making sure it can stably sit with bended knees.  Send your doll to us at Art Doll Quarterly, Shelf Sitter Challenge, 22992 Mill Creek, Suite B, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 or email a hi-res image to artdollquarterly@stampington.com for publication consideration in the Autumn 2012 issue. For complete guidelines, visit www.stampington.com. Deadline: March 15, 2012.

Paper Personas  Inspired by Judith Thibaut’s doll “George in Drag” (Spring 2010) and in the spirit of Lynne Perrella’s book Beyond Paper Dolls, we’ve created a new department in Art Doll Quarterly that will feature one fabulous, artistic and beautifully executed paper doll in each issue. We’re looking for expressive paper personas crafted with innovative techniques and art mediums — over-the-top imaginative interpretations of the human form. Send us your thought-provoking and innovative paper personas for publication consideration. Please note “Paper Personas” on your submission. Deadline: Ongoing.

More publication opportunities to come.  Stay tuned to The Rickie Report!

For coverage of your events, listing of announcements in our events section, 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