Meet visiting fiber artist, Dena Gershon

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Contemporary Craft and the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh are excited to welcome co-sponsored artist, Dena Gershon, for a lecture and workshops this weekend! 

Like so many fiber artists, Dena Gershon arrived at her craft sideways. As an undergrad, she majored in phychology and women’s studies, then traveled extensively throughout Africa and the Middle East before heeding the artist’s voice within. “People kept telling me I was meant to work in textiles,” Gershon said, “but I never had the confidence to give myself over to art. Then one day I did." 

Her work in felt celebrates her love of jewelry and body adornment while showcasing felted fiber’s dynamic possibilities for artistic expression. Gershon received her MFA in textiles from Kent State University where she now makes art and teaches felt-making. 

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Gershon will share highlights of her journey and images of her sensuous, playful work during her artist talk on Friday, September 12th. The talk is co-sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, and will take place at the Society for Contemporary Craft at 5:30 pm.

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In Saturday’s workshop, Color to Dye For, students will learn how to create luscious hand-dyed yarn, roving, silk habotai, mawata silk "handkerchiefs,” and much more. 

Sunday’s Artful Entanglements will focus on creating a unique work of wearable art using the ancient technique of laminated felting. 

To register for Gershon’s workshops, call us at 412.261.7003 x25 or online. Space for both workshops is extremely limited, so sign up today! 

Special thanks to the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh.