Our Joy of Fiber - Anne Bossert

A look at how our collective affinity for texture, pattern, and color, as well as working with our hands can contribute  to joyful experiences in our daily lives.  This aesthetic exploration will include a broad look at the similar interests of fiber-loving people, as well as my own personal experiences with the world of fiber.

BIOGRAPHY

Anne Bossert truly believes that beautiful living environments make life better, and that we need to surround ourselves with interesting things so we stay engaged in life.  Anne is a fiber artist as well as a woodworker.  Since 2001, she has been making colorful furniture and furnishings out of high-end plywood and her own hand-dyed, handwoven textiles.  She loves stripes and uses the laminations of plywood to make her striped creations.

Anne received her BFA in metalwork and jewelry from Northern Illinois University and her MFA in fiber art from Colorado State University.  She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.  She grew up on a farm in Central Illinois, surrounded by the rows of corn and soybeans that inspired her affinity for stripes.  She was the youngest child of very supportive parents, and her four older brothers unknowingly prepared her for a life in the arts by teaching her how to take criticism and how to laugh at herself.

 

Comfort and Joy: Textiles for Troubled Times - Tom Lundberg

Henri Matisse dreamed of an art with "a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue."  Matisse understood fatigue:  his long career was interrupted by illness and dislocation; during World War II, bombing attacks forced him to move.  Yet he continued to create joyous abstractions, and to celebrate fabrics and other decorative arts.  This lecture offers a look at artworks made during times of discord and despite difficult conditions.  The talk also features artists who use the language of textiles to express their perceptions of contemporary life and their place in the world.

BIOGRAPHY

Tom Lundberg coordinates graduate and undergraduate programs in fibers at Colorado State University, and teaches courses in weaving and surface design.  He has lectured and taught workshops in the US, England, Ireland and New Zealand, and teaches in CSU's Italy study-abroad program.

Lundberg began his university studies at Iowa State University.  Following a pottery apprenticeship, he completed his BFA in painting at the University of Iowa and took elective courses in textiles.  Lundberg received his MFA from Indiana University.  His embroidered works are included in the collections of the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; University of Louisville; and Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.