JUNE 2024 MEETING

Meetings will be held at
Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church

TUESDAY, JUNE 11TH
1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Michèle Dowdell

Michèle Dowdell is a fiber artist inspired by nature and realistic images. Her background in finance led her to find an outlet with no rules – fiber art! She strives to create texture and dimension in her pieces by using a variety of materials and incorporating them by, free motion quilting, raw edge fusing, reverse applique, piecing, embroidery and adding beading for a visual and tactile experience. She is a self-taught sewer, and her quilt making journey began in the mid-1990s when a family friend passed on a few quilting magazines, and she was hooked! She had not taken any quilting classes, nor had any quilting friends so the practice of trial and error began. After many years of practice, she joined a traditional guild in 2014 and then a modern guild in 2016, and both provided a great deal of insight, but she realized that following a pattern was never going to be in the cards since it did not bring her joy. In 2018 she joined Studio Art Quilt Associates (“SAQA”) and a local fiber art group called Creative Cloth where the encouragement and wealth of knowledge from the members from both groups allowed her to experiment and receive advice as a beginner fiber artist. She continues to attend meetings and is inspired and encouraged by the members of both groups as she enhances her skills as a fiber artist. In 2021 she contributed 5 textile squares to Ann Morton’s Violet Protest Project which is a “nation-wide” public art project that stands up for core values and protests against political divisiveness, that ultimately made its way to every member of the 117th U.S. Congress”. As a result of her textile contributions, she was interviewed and included in the PBS documentary that aired 3/11/2024. Violet Protest | PBS In 2023 she became the Rep for the SAQA Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma Region. SAQA has provided her with additional resources that led a path for her to feel prepared to show her pieces in local and regional exhibits and won Best of Show at the HeART of Lenexa Art Show in 2023. She continues to enjoy making clothes, quilts, and fiber art. In addition to sewing, her interests include knitting, drawing, gardening and is an avid music lover. Creating fiber art is where Michèle feels grounded, and the process allows her feelings and emotions to speak through her pieces.

 

 

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