Creative Entrepreneurship

Poster 2014

March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

4th Annual You’ve Gotta Have Art Festival
Clarence Presbyterian Church
9675 Main Street, Clarence

Clarence Presbyterian Church is located next to Clarence High School on Main Street in Clarence.

Admission to the show is $1 per person and free for children 12 and under.

It’s an impressive juried show throughout the church, and will feature 40 different artists and craft artists from Western New York, including a number of artists from the Roycroft Campus. Items will be for sale and include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography, wood crafts and textile arts. New this year will be a FREE children’s art experience. Food and beverages, including lunch will be available. Area musicians will provide music from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

I apologize for the short notice on this one – this show is new to me! I received a You’ve Gotta Have Art Festival Facebook invitation from fiber artist extraordinaire Anne Fischer.

Anne Fischer's Roark Vest.  Hand dyed silk noil, one button, size medium.

Anne Fischer’s Roark Vest.
Hand dyed silk noil, one button, size medium.

The colors and textures of fabric and yarns have fascinated me since I was a small child watching my mother sew.  I have been sewing and working with fiber in one form or another since I was 12 years old. After many years as a quilter, I was introduced to felting through a friend. Creating one-of-a-kind felted garments is now my creative focus.

Anne Fischer

My line of clothing and accessories starts with natural fiber fabrics, such as silk, cotton, linen or rayon and wool rovings that I hand dye in my home studio. Most of my felted garments are made using the Nuno felt process. Very thin layers of fine wool roving are laid out on top of a fabric base (usually silk). Soap and water in combination with gentle friction result in a fabric that is soft and drapable, with the warmth of wool and the luscious look of silk. Once I have created the fabric, I decide what the garment design will be and I can begin the sewing process. I also make some pieces  using traditional wet felting

Large blue purse - handpainted fabric, glass bead closure. Red purse - hand painted fabric, glass bead closure. Small blue purse - commercial fabric, distressed plastic embellishment.

Large blue purse – handpainted fabric, glass bead closure.
Red purse – hand painted fabric, glass bead closure.
Small blue purse – commercial fabric, distressed plastic embellishment.

Anne Fischer's Indian Summer. Indian Summer 28" x 50" Hand dyed fabrics, thread painted. Private collection.

Anne Fischer’s Indian Summer.
Indian Summer 28″ x 50″
Hand dyed fabrics, thread painted.
Private collection.

But it’s her quilts that first drew my attention to her. I think it was at the Genesee Valley Quilt Club‘s show in 2009. Her prize winning “thread painted” quilts are breathtaking!

I later saw her at a show at Casa Larga and since her quilts were out of my budget, I was happy to see she also made fabric pins. I’m a pin person – perfect! I bought the red & purple one, one of my favorite color combinations.

Anne Fischer Pins

My third year doing the Holiday Bazaar at RMSC, I was moved to the big building in the front, 2nd floor – right across from Anne. She’ll get a kick out of this story. As Steve and I were bringing in my gear, I felt my face flush, “Steve! It’s her! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I have to work up the gumption to talk to her.”

Not many people intimidate me because we’re all just human beings, after all. But there are a few who do – Betty Stephan was another one, because I idolize their work. I make myself get over it and talk to them. Artists are people too.

I got to know Anne over the 2 years or so we were near each other at RMSC. We bartered some – that’s how I acquired the green/yellow pin. I still wear them both a lot because each one goes with so many colors. (I bet people who know me well are amazed that I can joyfully wear something so asymmetrical!)

Wow, did I digress. My point in introducing you to Anne was to say that seeing her work alone, is worth the price of admission to this show on Saturday. I’d say that even if the admission were more than one dollar!

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