FASA General Meeting Notes
Monday, November 10, 2014
Phyllis Jordan opened the meeting at 10:02AM. One guest, Lucille Breseno from Green Spring Valley (Uvalde), was introduced. She is interested in learning different fiber art techniques.
Program – Susie Monday introduced today’s guest speaker, Barbara Schneider – My Wabi Sabi World. Barbara originally came to San Antonio to study with Jane Dunawald and her early work was strongly influenced by Jane’s techniques. Over time, Barbara’s talents turned toward more nature inspired work. She discovered the Japanese expression of wabi sabi which is to find beauty in simple details of ordinary objects. Instead of seeing old, mundane, or to ordinary to notice items, she sees something beautiful and transforms that beauty into art. Barbara begins a project with a photograph which she enlarges extensively and then divides the large into many small parts. She auditions fabrics on the smaller parts. When she is satisfied with the fabrics, she stitches them onto her background using “thread painting” techniques to achieve a natural look and feel to the object. To our great delight, at the end of her talk, Barbara invited us to come up and see and feel some examples of her exquisite pieces.
Texas Federation of Fiber Artists (TFFA) – Phyllis said Leila Reynolds had resigned her position as TFFA representative. The nominating committee selected Jean Peffers as a candidate for this vacant position. Phyllis asked for a vote on accepting Jean as our TFFA representative which was unanimously approved by the attending members.
Phyllis brought up as unfinished business our need for a decision on whether or not we want to withdraw from TFFA. Houston has not only withdrawn but has also completely dissolved as a chapter. Dallas has withdrawn from TFFA but is still operating as an independent chapter of Fiber Artists. Both San Antonio and Austin want to withdraw from TFFA but still have active chapters like Dallas. If both San Antonio and Austin now withdraw, it will effectively dissolve TFFA.
Jean Peffers gave a brief history of TFFA as some of the newer members did not know what it was. According to Jean, TFFA was created with two main objectives. It was a way that local fiber artists could easily connect with other Texas artists and, by holding a statewide conference every two years, the members could exchange ideas and techniques with each other. The conferences also provided a forum for members to show and promote their work to the general public. The last conference was held in Kerrville in 2010 sponsered by San Antonio and Austin. It has become increasingly difficult to get chapters to host the conference, and it is why Houston and Dallas have withdrawn their membership. Phyllis then reported that there will be a meeting shortly of TFFA representatives to discuss what the future holds for us as fiber artitist groups. The San Antonio chapter’s Board feels we should withdraw from TFFA and focus on keeping the SA chapter healthy and strong. We can, at some future date, see if we need and/or want to recreate TFFA or some other type of larger statewide organization. There was then much discussion among the membership. Some want TFFA to remain and some want to dissolve it. The FASA Board decided that FASA withdraw from the Texas Federation of Fiber Artists. The TTFA representatives will decide how to disperse funds. It was suggested by member Jean Dahlgen that an attorney be contacted concerning this dissolution of group and funds.
Annual Show – Yvette Little said there is still time to enter a piece in the show. The opening date is November 21st from 5 to 8 pm.
Runway Show – Dian Lamb said she needs glass candle containers for the show. She repeated the dimensions and shape. She also reported that there has been some questions about the definition of what constitutes an entry as “earth,” “water,” “air,” or “fire.” She said it doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation of the term. It can be as simple as the color(s) or texture of a natural item.
Treasurer’s report – Joan Termini said that following last month’s discussion on the use of our money, she will be transferring some funds from the checking account to a money market fund so that we can gain a little more in overall interest. There will be enough funds left in the checking account to cover our annual budget items.
Newsletter – Shirley Bugosh reported that putting out the Newsletter took longer than she had thought it would. She would like for any items we want covered in the Newsletter be sent to her by the 20th of the month rather than the 25th .
Community Outreach – On behalf of the Church’s food pantry ministry, Peggy thanked everyone who brought food items or donated money. The church and the people the food bank helps are very appreciative of our efforts.
Education – The Institute of Texas Cultures is presenting an excellent exhibit of 46 quilts. Jean Peffers said she had concluded one tour for ten people already and is willing to do another. However, there will have to be at least ten people in attendance or we will have to pay a $50 penalty.
Membership – Sue Corbett reported that 142 members have renewed their membership. A member directory will be published shortly.
Meeting adjourned 11:50AM
Anne Winsett, FASA Secretary
November 19, 2014