Kim Kaelin—(Rug, etc.) hooking—there are still traces of Kim’s southern drawl even though she has survived more than ten winters in the upper Midwest. Kim teaches workshops and sells her pieces at local art galleries. Kim lives near Stillwater, Minnesota. Kim’s work is included in the 2014 Fiber Art Almanac.
Known as the Quilt Capitol of Iowa, Kalona is the home of the Quilt & Textile Museum located in the Kalona Historical Village Welcome Center. The museum features galleries for both Amish and English quilts, showcasing quilt history of the midwest and beyond. The collection was begun in 2000 by Marilyn Woodin, avid quilt collector, and present curator of the museum. Since that time, the collection has expanded and is kept in humidity & light controlled rooms. Many exhibitions also require the loan of quilts from other collections. New exhibits are created every three months with a variety of themes in each gallery, so if you have visited the museum in the past, chances are you will discover something new with each visit.
Jamie Lyn Kara was born in the beautiful Hudson Valley, 75 miles north of New York City where she grew up making mud-pies and leaf-burritos. She traveled with her family throughout the Northeast, developing a love for new places and experiences. This led her to pursue a BFA in Fibers from Savannah College of Art and Design where she could express her excitement for the world in a hands-on and visual way. While studying at SCAD, Jamie traveled coast-to-coast absorbing inspiration, collecting materials, and digging in the dirt while working on a few organic farms. This experience helped strengthen her sense of place and shape her work, which includes lots of stitching and the use of many repurposed materials. Jamie also enjoys working collaboratively, dreaming up new ideas and designs.
“I believe the act of making art can be an act of self-determination and empowerment. My paintings examine how in re-claiming, re-visioning, and re-membering ourselves as whole people, we bring our art, our action, and our voices to the world. We have to be able to imagine the world we want in order to achieve it. In our creative work, it is important that we notice and examine how awareness occurs on the path to finding a creative and critical voice. When we recognize that our place in the world is a part of larger social patterns, we can start to change those patterns to create the world we want to live in.” — Helen Klebesadel.
Helen Klebesadel is an artist, an educator, and an activist. Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, her art has become the place where she explores how we learn our deepest values. Best known for her environmental and women centered watercolors, she is particularly interested in how myths and stories socialize us to have different expectations for some people than from others. She uses the creative process to re-examine and re-present narratives that resist and contest existing power structures by revealing they exist.
Knitcircus works with a family-run woolen mill in Maine to create luxury wool-based handknitting yarns. Using innovative techniques, we dye self-striping, gradient and speckled yarn at our Madison Studio with love. Gorgeous hand-dyed luxury yarns slowly change color as you knit. Dyer Jaala is known for creating new dyeing techniques like Impressionist Gradients and Extreme Striped Matching Socks Sets. We sell both online and in our brick-and-mortar store.
Dawn Standera says she was never interested in craft of any form until she saw her first Cavandoli-style macrame bracelet while walking through a street fair in Mexico. She says it was if time stopped and since then she’s been devoted to learning as much as possible about making knotted pieces and promoting the art of knotting. She likes discovery in her knotting. She’s more interested in what is possible in knotting than the product that is made. Once she’s figured out if it’s possible, she’s quickly onto the next idea and challenge. She approaches her work without any concepts and preferences so she has a better creative experience.
Paula Knutzen—Knitting—Paula is drawn to ocean themes in her knitting. She seeks out anything that is sand, shore, sea or water related. Paula is a prolific knitter and very generous with her gifts—I have been the recipient of such a wonderful treasure! Paula hangs out in St. Paula! Paula’s knitting is in the 2014 Fiber Art Almanac.
Alyssa Krakowski Knitter/Spinner: Relatively new to spinning and knitting, Alyssa has mastered lace knitting. And, a Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon winner with the shawl in this book. Alyssa’s work appeared in the 2013 Fiber Art Almanac.
Kari Kruempel—Hardcover-book Journal—Kari’s art has grown out of childhood of doodling, scrap booking, making instead of buying presents and daydreaming. Kari is also an award winning author with a novel, short stories and poetry to her credit. Kari creates and journals in Eagan, Minnesota. Kari’s books are featured in the 2014 Fiber Art Almanac.
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The mission of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists.