Fuzzy Mall

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada – Applique portrait

Written by Karen Womack

Fuzzy Mall transitioned from a self taught painter to a self taught textile artist.    He grew up in Pittsburgh and credits his upbringing for his strong work ethic.  For many years he worked a full time job and then put in hours in his studio creating art.

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Lia Porto

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Painter Mixed Media

Written by Karen Womack

Lia Porto explored textile art when she realized that many of her paintings were inspired by textiles.
Her theme is hybridization – the intersection of painting, textiles, ornaments and other art mediums.

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Jacobo Alonso

Mexico City, Mexico – Paper & mixed media

Written by Karen Womack

Jacobo Alonso’s is inspired by the human body – how it moves, how it is seen, and how it functions over time.

His first theme was body in constant movement and he began by making paper impressions of his own body.  The paper was treated with fire to make the impressions. One day he filmed himself and realized he was making performance art. 

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Fiberart International 2022

Written by Karen Womack

Welcome to the Fiberart International 2022 (FI2022) new series of blog posts. Fiberart International 2022 is our juried exhibition that seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art and will be held June 3rd to August 20th at the Brew House Association and Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA. Expect to see a wide range of works related to the fiber medium that were created by artists worldwide. We’ve posted a sneak peek of the entries on Facebook, Instagram and our website Fiberart International 2022.

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Lecture with Nnenna Okore

January 18, 2022 – 11 AM EST
Free program for members – $5 for non-members.
Please register on the Registration Form.
Part of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh‘s lecture series.

Nnenna Okore (born in Australia, 1975) is an artist who works both in Nigeria and the United States. Her largely abstract sculptures and installations have been shown in galleries and museums in and outside of the United States. She has won several international awards, including a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2012. Okore is currently a Professor of Art at North Park University in Chicago. The daughter of a professor and a librarian, she often examines her American identity versus her Nigerian identity and the contrasts between her homeland with that of the States. https://nnennaokore.com

Nnenna is one of Fiberart International 2022 jurors.

Lecture with Chiachio & Giannone

November 17, 2021 – 1 PM EST
Please register on the Registration Form.
Free program for members – $5.- for non-members.

Chiachio & Giannone

Working and living together as partners in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chiachio & Giannone create hand embroidered textile mosaics that reference LGBTQ artists and their legacy in Latin America. Chiachio & Giannone recently completed a residency at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA and Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, CA.
They have shown at De Buck Gallery, New York, NY; Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL; Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte, Argentina, School Gallery, Paris, France, the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, Museum of Art and Design MAD, NY, USA.

Chiachio & Giannone are Fiberart International 2022 jurors.

Chiachio & Giannone


The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh is excited to announce that Fiberart International 2022 has been selected!
Jurors Jessica Hemmings, Nnenna Okore, and Chiachio and Giannone evaluated almost 1,300 works of art by 545 artists from 30 countries.The outstanding quality of submissions along with exhibition space constraints were considered and after careful deliberation, the jurors chose 45 pieces that they felt would collectively represent the broad range of contemporary fiber art and make the most dynamic exhibition.

We want to thank all the applicants from around the world, your work is critical to the ongoing vitality of this medium and made the jurors work a very hard one.

Congratulations to the selected artists!

Selected Artists

Jacobo Alonso, Liz Alpert Fay, David Andree, Cassie Arnold, Arda Asena

Linda Belden, Emily Bellinger, Robin Bernstein, George-Ann Bowers, Elizabeth Brandt

Kerstin Bruchhaeuser, Ann Coddington, Kevin Dotson, Patricia Downs, Jennifer Flores

Shelly Goldsmith, Milady Hartmann, Ann Harwell, Sharon Havelka, Catherine Hicks

Faith Humphrey Hill, Joyce Watkins King, Akiko Kotani, Alicja Kozłowska, Kiyomi Kudo

Bernie Leahy, Krista Leesi, Fuzzy Mall, Michelle Montjoy, Suzan Ann Morgan

Sarah Nance, Kate Nartker and Megan Jefferson, Camilla Brent Pearce, Maria Lia Porto, Nirmal Raja

CLaire Renaut, Elizabeth Runyon, Sophia Ruppert, Jennifer Sargent, Adrienne Sloane

Katharina Sommer, Hannah Streefkerk, Gea van Eck, Yoon Ji Seon, Stefanie Zito