Explore Fiber is a collaborative website showcasing and exploring fiber as a fine art material.
|March 2020 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Melanie Siegel - As a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, with a focus on traditional tapestry weaving I was inspired to explore felt and the stitched textile as a medium to create art. For the past 15 yrs I have been attending conferences and workshops with the Handweaver’s Guild of America, Surface Design Association, and the European Textile Network focusing on felting and stitch.The highlights of these workshops is meeting like minded individuals, learning new techniques, and viewing how others deal with the movement of the textiles. I was awarded teaching grants from the Ontario Arts Council to share my knowledge of felting in both public and private schools.
Artist in Residence 6-12
Melanie Siegel - Fiber Art Educator Highlight
|Link to Melanie's website and more student work examples|
|February 2020 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Jennifer Torres - Having never taken a fiber arts class in college, I entered art education with very little knowledge and zero confidence with fiber art. The most exposure I had to any fiber art was through watching and helping my grandmother sew, and weaving and macrame projects through the Girl Scouts in the 70's. However, I've always been drawn to art that incorporates texture and the kinesthetic nature of creating with fiber. Through lots of art conferences, workshops, and just plain ol' trial and error, I have been able to gradually bring more and more fiber into my elementary classroom and build my skill set and confidence, alongside my students.
University Park Elementary K-4
Jennifer Torres - Fiber Art Educator Highlight
|Link to Jennifer's art studio for adults and children.|
|January 2020 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Leslie McReynolds - Leslie McReynolds received her BA in Art Education at the College of New Jersey and is currently working on her Masters in Clinical Mental Health at Texas Woman’s University. She has taught art in elementary schools in New Jersey and in Lewisville ISD, Texas. This is her 18th year at Donald Elementary, one of the first nationally certified STEM schools in Texas.
Donald STEM Academy K-5
Leslie McReynolds - Fiber Art Educator Highlight
|Link to the classroom blog post about weaving
|December 2019 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Amie Adelman - As an adult, I was re-introduced to fiber techniques when I was an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, where I received a BFA in fibers. The first fiber course that I enrolled in was Introduction to Fibers, Vicki Jensen taught the course. On the first day of class she introduced us to basketry, I was immediately hooked and quickly changed my degree from painting to fibers. I received a solid foundation in fibers at ASU by working with Janet Taylor in weaving and Clare Verstegen in surface design at ASU. I continued working in fibers at the University of Kansas where I received an MFA and had the privilege of working with Mary Anne Jordan in surface design and Cynthia Schira in weaving.
Professor, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Amie Adelman – Fiber Art Educator Highlight
|October 2019 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Amanda Batson Tucker - Amanda Batson Tucker received her BFA from The University of North Texas where she majored in Visual Art Studies, and her MA in Art Education with an emphasis in Museum Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. She worked in the Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art and currently is starting her sixth year at White Rock Elementary in the Richardson Independent School District. She spent time working in Kuwait helping with an interactive weaving exhibition called “Weaving Stories” and teaching art teachers how to incorporate weaving into their curriculum.
White Rock Elementary, Richardson, Texas
Amanda Batson Tucker – Fiber Art Educator Highlight
|September 2019 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
April Dauscha - Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, April Dauscha, received her BFA in fashion design at the International Academy of Design and Technology and her MFA in fiber from Virginia Commonwealth University. April is a member of the Surface Design Association (SDA) and the International Organization of Lace, Inc. (IOLI) an association for lacemakers that promotes the study and preservation of handmade lace. Her work has also been featured on art blogs such as Beautiful Decay, Ignant and Issue No.206. She is currently spearheading a brand-new fiber arts program as instructor and area head at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina.
4 yr. fiber program 9-12
Greenville, South Carolina
April Dauscha – Fiber Art Educator Highlight
Fine Arts Center
|July 2019 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
VET is a fiber artist and community arts educator. Her website Artcycletx is a movement that encourages artists to re-purpose, re-design and re-distribute unused (or gently-used) art related resources and supplies. This can come in many forms...trade, barter, sell, or gifting...
VET's Freedom Quilt Codes Highlight
Freedom Quilt Codes Project
|May 2019 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Tracy Evans - She has been an art educator at a non-profit organization and in public schools for over 19 years! Tracy teaches in Plano ISD, and has been the Elementary Cluster Leader for 8 years, Plano Art Leaders President and officer for four years, and is currently the State of Texas Elementary Division chair for art teachers.
Tracy Evans Art Educator Highlight
|Evans Art House Website|
|April 2019 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Ashley Manning - LISD elementary students enjoy art within a rotation of specialized class offerings at each elementary campus. Students engage in drawing, painting, and creative expression through a variety of artistic projects and learn the foundations of art literacy and artistic design.
Homestead Elementary, Lewisville, Texas
Ashley Manning Art Educator Highlight
|March 2019 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Matt & Laura Grundler - We are #teamGrundler. Matt and Laura Grundler art educators in the Plano, Texas, more importantly we are parents and family first. It is a crazy wonderful life raising three creative kids, sharing our love of art education with our professional learning network and continuing to grow everyday. Laura enters her fifteenth year and Matt his eleventh year as educators.
Laura (Visual Arts Coordinator Plano ISD) Matt (Middle Schools Plano ISD) Plano, Texas
Team Grundler Art Educator Highlight
|Team Grundler's Website|
|February 2019 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Alison Adame - An art education specialist building a vertical fibers program in the k-5 elementary school.
Brinker Elementary, Plano, Texas
Alison Adame Art Educator Highlight
|January 2019 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Annie Zirin - Annie Zirin received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014) and a Master of Education from Lesley University (1998). Annie is a faculty member at the Evanston Art Center. She is also a special education paraprofessional at Evanston Township High School.
Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Illinois
Annie Zirin Art Educator Highlight
|Annie Zirin's Website|
|November/December 2018 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Stephanie Chambers - In one way or another for 10 years. I’m a high school biology teacher and would crochet science theme items to use as tactile models for my students. Seeing a 3D model of a red blood cell for example and touch it helped them remember it better than if they only saw the 2D image in a book or PowerPoint. I eventually designed a STEAM in Textiles course for high school students.
9th - 12th grade, New York City Department of Education, New York, New York
Stephanie Chambers STEAM Highlight
|October 2018 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Julie Blackstone - After a stint at creating stained glass at the old Glasshaus Studio, I moved to Shawnee, and began working in the Ceramics lab at OBU. I’m now an assistant professor of art, teaching primarily high craft: ceramics, fibers, and stained glass, with color theory and the occasional figure drawing class thrown in for fun.
Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma
Julie Blackstone Assistant Professor Highlight
|Julie Marks Blackstone's Website|
|July 2018 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Christine Miller - Founder, editor & publisher of Explore Fiber, and a life long fiber artist with experience in weaving, sewing, basketry, embroidery, felting, dyeing, knitting, crochet, and fiber sculpture. Christine is a nationally recognized visual arts educator with experience in Advanced Placement, Foundation and 3D art. Christine also has experience with STEAM
applications, Understanding by Design curriculum framework, and Design Thinking curriculum integration.
Retired Art Educator, Dallas, Texas
Christine Miller Art Educator Highlight
|Christine Miller's Website
Christine Miller Explore Fiber Page
|May 2018 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Kim Paser - I grew up in Plano and went through the Plano School Systems. As soon as I knew I wanted to be a teacher I had to teach in Plano. I had such a great experience when I went to school, I wanted to be a part of that experience for another students. I studied Art Education at The University of North Texas and graduated with a BA in Visual Studies. I love teaching in Art and I hope to create a classroom where students look forward to coming to my class.
Shepton High School, Plano, Texas
Kim Paser Art Educator Highlight
|April 2018 Explore Fiber Newsletter|
Katherine Pinkham - This will be my fourth year at Clark, and I'm thrilled to be here! I graduated from the University of North Texas in 2016 with a degree in art education. As an artist myself, I am deeply passionate about this subject, and sharing it with my students. I'm here to spread creativity, self-expression, problem solving skills, and fun to the students of Clark High School. What could be more fun than teaching art?
Clark High School, Plano, Texas
Katherine Pinkham Art Educator Highlight