High Fiber Diet is a group of fiber artists committed to advancing their art professionally. HFD actively searches for exhibit venues, and members have the opportunity to submit work for juried group exhibitions. High Fiber Diet members challenge themselves to become more educated about art and design principles and to improve creatively on an individual basis. The group meets 7 times per year (February, April, May, July, August, October, and November) on the third Tuesday from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Venues may change. Meetings usually include a discussion topic, updates on current and upcoming exhibits, and sharing of members' current work. For more information about the group, check the HFD blog at www.hfd-highfiberdiet.blogspot.com or contact Elizabeth Bamberger at elizabethbamberger@gmail.com.

The group is affiliated with Columbia FiberArts Guild of Portland, Oregon

To see information about other exhibits and projects our members are involved with, click on the "Member News" tab below.

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Member Profiles

Mary Arnold was born in Utica, New York and is retired from a 30 year career in education. She did not start out to be a fiber artist. She tried many needle crafts before making her first quilt. Upon making that first quilt, she can remember thinking, “I have found what I want to do for the rest of my life.” And since that pivotal moment, she has continued to create quilts. Each time a quilt or a vessel is completed, she again feels that first sense of wonder in creating something out of a piece of fabric and a bit of thread.

Ms. Arnold’s work has been juried into many national and regional quilt shows. Her work has also been displayed in galleries and has been included in several invitational exhibits in museums and quilt shows. She has written for American Quilter Magazine, and her work has been included in Art Quilting Studio magazine. Her work has also been published in the books 500 Art Quilts and Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World. She continues to use her teaching skills by teaching quilt classes. She is a member of several quilt organizations, including Contemporary QuiltArts Association, Columbia FiberArts Guild and Studio Art Quilt Associates.

Color, texture and an appreciation for the tactile qualities of fabric are integral to Elizabeth Bamberger’s art. She currently finds inspiration both in the natural landscapes of the Oregon High Desert and in gritty modern cityscapes, and she is gradually moving toward more abstract forms of expression. She is active in the High Fiber Diet art quilt group and is presently serving as Oregon co-representative for Studio Art Quilt Associates.

A transplant to Oregon, Diane Born is a fiber artist involved in quilting arts since 2008.  She belongs to both the Columbia FiberArts Guild and Studio Art Quilt Associates.  Ms. Born has accumulated more than ten years as a docent giving art tours to adults and children at both the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon.

Christina Brown was born in Chicago Illinois, and attributes her early interest in art and nature to visits to the Museum of Natural History, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and yearly family road-trip vacations all over the USA. The milder climate of the Northwest and the beauty of its landscape beckoned; she attended the University of Washington in Seattle and obtained a BFA in printmaking, and then a Graphic Design education. The siren call of the corporate world was too strong to ignore, and a career was to be had in technical illustration and design for the regional government in Seattle.

After moving to Eugene, Oregon, she decided life was too short to not follow her desire to become a full-time artist. Currently, she enjoys combining her love of color and nature to create mixed-media fiber art, using digital media along with drawing, painting, printing, dyeing, and needlefelting. Her imagery is primarily drawn from the natural world, finding each season an inspiration of colors and textures in the changing landscapes of the Northwest.

Bonnie M. Bucknam has been sewing since early childhood. In high school she launched a successful mail order business manufacturing fabric purses. Since then she has always made art to enjoy and market. She grew up in Long Beach, California and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a degree in Anthropology and Geology. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Alaska. She worked as an archaeologist and warehouseman building the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. She remained in Alaska for 31 years, spending most of that time working as a legal assistant at the Alaska Attorney General’s Office in Anchorage. She used every “spare” minute to create fiber art. In 1997 she started a business, Handwerk, to market and sell her quilts and hand-dyed fabrics. In 2006, Ms. Bucknam retired from legal work and relocated to Vancouver, Washington, where she now makes art full-time.

Ms. Bucknam’s abstract compositions are inspired by the colors and shapes of the natural world. Her quilt “Crater” won Best of Show at Quilt National 2011. She has also exhibited in Visions San Diego, Quilts=Art=Quilts at the Schweinfurth, and numerous times in the biennial Earth, Fire, and Fibre exhibit at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Ms. Bucknam was part of the solo artist series at the Anchorage Museum in 1995, in Quilts: Stitching a New Tradition. Internationally, Ms. Bucknam’s work has appeared in the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart, Germany, the Museum of Modern Art in Verona, Italy, and other venues in Germany, France, Japan, England, Ireland, Brazil, and the Netherlands. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Tuch + Technik Textile Museum in Newmunster, Germany, the Patchwork Design Collection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the State of Alaska Art Bank.

Sewing has been part of Ms. Christiansen’s life since she was a teenager growing up in Montreal under the tutorship of her mother, an accomplished seamstress and theater costume maker. She made most of her clothing, and went on to tailoring and constructing drapery. It was not until she was almost retired from a rewarding career in ICU nursing that she discovered quilting. She began making traditional quilts but soon turned to art quilting where she found innovation more interesting than matching points.

In the past few years Ms. Christiansen has become skilled in dying fabric and continues to explore surface design. She approaches design in multiple ways, working intuitively, as well as working from photographs. Her current work is an exploration of architectural structures, either from photographs or constructed from elements seen in her travels. She also emphasizes machine quilting as an important part her work. Ms. Christiansen’s work has been seen at numerous venues in Oregon as part of exhibits organized by High Fiber Diet, Studio Art Quilt Associates (Portland group), and the Surface Design Association.

Susan Circone made her first quilts in the early 1980s, then she returned to quilting in the mid-1990s. After learning the fundamental skills in quilt construction and in generating her own cloth designs, she has since continued her education in studio art classes. She has shown her work in group shows on both coasts. She is a recent member of the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild and High Fiber Diet.

Gerrie Congdon is an artist who works with textiles. She transforms white fabric into complex cloth, using dyes and paints and a variety of techniques. The resulting fabric becomes serene landscapes and abstract compositions. Her work has been exhibited in many venues, nationally and internationally, and she is one of the authors of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. She is a member of Columbia FiberArts Guild, High Fiber Diet, Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Surface Design Association.

Originally from San Francisco, Kimberly Connelly has lived in several locations around the United States and is currently residing in Oregon City, Oregon. Prior to entering the world of fiber art, Ms. Connelly’s professional experience involved technical and applied health care fields. She is a self-taught fiber artist presently focused on using fabric piecing and sewn collage techniques to capture concepts and distill them into stylized and abstract images in art quilts. She approaches her designs analytically with a strong emphasis on color usage blended with line and rhythm. Ms. Connelly began exhibiting her work at venues throughout Oregon in 2011.
Having taken on leadership roles throughout her life and career, Sheryl Culver finds joy in the introspective life of an artist. She brings to her art the attention to detail and sharp focus of a scientist and business professional. Keen observation and an interest in people have lead to her portrait making. Ms. Culver has shown her quilts in international and regional shows as well as galleries in Ohio and Oregon.

Jeannette’s journey to fiber art was not a direct path but a twisting route beginning years ago. Although quilting was not a family tradition needlework was. Jeannette’s mother and grandmother were skilled needlewomen and she learned needlecraft including embroidery, crewel, lace making, tatting and sewing at a young age.

While working at the Kentucky Historical Society, she was exposed to the world of quilts. To better understand and care for the quits, she added quilting to her needlecraft skills. As a museum professional and historian, Jeannette has provided textile conservation and curated quilt shows at various museums. She has given lectures on the role of women and textile arts, history of quilts and the raucous history of the sewing machine. She continues her interest in antique quilts as an active member of the Oregon Quilt Project documenting quilts. As well as researching and curating quilt exhibits, Jeannette graduated from the West Coast Quilt Judging Academy to become a qualified quilt show judge.

Recently, Jeannette has turned her attention to contemporary fiber art and is excited to be part of the innovations occurring with art quilts.

Diane English was born in Portland, Oregon, where she lived until she married and moved to Eugene, Oregon. She earned her BS from the University of Oregon with studies in art, weaving, and the sciences. She is an independent artist working with fibers since 1970. She has shown her work in numerous art exhibits. Highlights include Maude Kerns Art Gallery in Eugene, Oregon, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, PUS-6 Gallery in Eugene, Oregon, Durham Arts Council in Durham, North Carolina, Jacobs Gallery in Eugene, Oregon and Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg, Oregon.

Ms. English’s work is rich in color and she lets the colors speak for her. Her love of color, line and texture can be seen in all her work. Her ideas come from nature and the elements around her, and she is often seen carrying her camera to capture potential lines, colors and patterns to be used in her work.

Georgia French has been making fiber art for more than ten years. She has shown in numerous regional juried shows. She is a past regional representative for Studio Art Quilt Associates and a long time member of Columbia FiberArts Guild and High Fiber Diet. She has curated juried shows and taught. She serves on the Board of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association.

Mary Goodson started drawing as a child and has continued on that path throughout her life. While studying for her BA degree at San Jose State, she was introduced to fabric and dying; it entranced her and she has never let go of its excitement. It has become entwined with her love of nature, passion for gardening and life experiences, all seen in her art. Ms. Goodman’s work has been exhibited throughout the world. She currently is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Columbia FiberArts Guild and High Fiber Diet.

Terry Grant lives just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Ray. She has been sewing, drawing and painting since she was a child. She earned a degree in art and concentrated her energy on painting and printmaking. It wasn't until she saw a group of beautiful quilts that it occurred to her that her love of art and of textiles and sewing could be combined. She has never looked back!

Ms. Grant is mostly retired from her career in Graphic Design and spends most of her days enjoying her family, working in her studio, or writing. She has had several articles published in quilting magazines and is an avid blogger. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has appeared in a number of books. She has been an active member of a variety of online quilting communities since the early '90s, which she feels has opened up a world of possibilities, friendships and opportunities. She is one of the authors of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. Her blog and work can be accessed at www.andsewitgoes.blogspot.com.

Carol Heist has been creating art wear for more than twenty years and fiber art for more than ten years. She has shown in numerous regional juried and judged shows. She is a member of Columbia FiberArts Guild, High Fiber Diet, Surface Design Association and Studio Art Quilt Associates. She has taught art wear and fabric dyeing classes.

Trained as a costume designer and theatre educator, Jill P. Hoddick recently retired from a 35 year career teaching at University of Portland and began her “second act” as a fiber artist. Her camera records natural and architectural forms that provide inspiration for her art quilts. The intuitive process of playing with color, texture, and line to capture “a moment in time” creates a sense of wonder for this artist who is passionate about exploring all aspects of this medium. Ms. Hoddick is President of Columbia FiberArts Guild (2013-14) and is an active member of numerous arts organizations.

Laura Jaszkowski has exhibited her work in numerous galleries nationally and internationally. Her work, which runs the gamut from quilted wall hangings and three-dimensional pieces to quilted and embellished garments, has been featured in fiber-related magazines and books. Ms. Jaszkowski has curated several art quilt exhibits and is one of the founding members of a state-wide fiber art critique group. She has written articles for Threads magazine, teaches sewing and quilting classes on a regional level, and gives presentations to art groups. She previously served as a regional representative for Studio Art Quilt Associates.

A native of Missoula, Montana, Ms. Jaszkowski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon. For more than thirty years, she has expanded and diversified her education by taking a wide variety of art and fiber classes.

Anita Kaplan brings a lifetime of experience as an artist and seamstress to her role as a master quilter. After studying art and education at Brooklyn College, she became an elementary school teacher and, subsequently founded Interiorscapes, a wall graphics business which provided many prominent Silicon Valley companies with unique hand painted wall art. In 1995 she turned her attention back to fiber arts.

Vivid color and texture, dynamic line and contemporary design are hallmarks of Ms. Kaplan’s quilts. She uses her own hand dyed and hand painted fabrics to create work which is pieced, fused and appliqu├ęd, hand and machine quilted and embellished. She has taught many quilting classes at all skill levels.

Ms Kaplan has exhibited at museums and galleries internationally. She is the subject of magazine articles, is published in the book 500 Art Quilts, and has won numerous awards. Her work has been exhibited in the prestigious ArtQuilt Elements show in Philadelphia, and is represented in private and public collections. She is a member of Columbia FiberArts Guild, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Surface Design Association and High Fiber Diet.

Shirley MacGregor creates fiber art because she truly enjoys working with fabrics and color. The colors and textures captivate her, especially when she can change the way they look and feel. She keeps challenging herself to explore and go beyond what she has done in the past.

While living in Japan, she discovered the beautiful manhole covers that adorn the streets of most cities and towns. This inspired two books, Quilting with Manhole Covers and Treasures Underfoot. A move to Seoul, Korea, provided a venue for publishing, and the inspiration for a third book with a Korean theme, Quilting in the Morning Calm.

Ms. MacGregor’s work has been shown and juried into exhibits nationally and internationally, and it is the recipient of numerous awards.

Mary Ann McCammon’s grandmothers made both beautiful and practical bed quilts and her mother taught her how to embroider. After an academic career in nursing that focused on the health of marginalized women, she began using fiber to tell a story. A current series of her work focuses on the experiences of women with obstetrical fistulas. She hopes to engage the viewer in what is being told in fabric and stitches, which always includes some hand work. She teaches quilting to women incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville Oregon.

Annette Mcfarlane has been involved in quilting for over 25 years, and recently has been exploring fiber art. She’s a member of Columbia FiberArts guild, High Fiber Diet, SAQA and MIX.

Karen Miller was born in Oakland, CA. She was a marine biologist before becoming an expert on katazome, the art of Japanese stencil dyeing. Using her own hand cut stencils to apply a resist paste she produces fabric for art quilts, as well as silk garments, linen hangings and indigo dyed cottons.

Her work has been exhibited twice in Japan. She has shown her work in numerous juried and group shows. Her work was accepted to Visions 2002, From 2009 to 2012 she has had Oregon solo shows at the Newport Visual Arts Center, Benton County Historical Society, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center in Portland, the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook and the Corvallis Arts Center. She shows regularly at the Japanese Garden in Portland, the Albany Arts Gallery in California, and Kobo in Seattle. Her work is in numerous private collections and hangs in the Washington D.C. office of Jane Lubchenco, the head of NOAA.

She has taught katazome nationally and internationally and published several articles on katazome. She was an invited lecturer at the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe New Mexico. She was accepted to Visions 2002. She was featured on Oregon Art Beat, OPB TV in October 2007.

Sara has been working with fibers for over 60 years, learning to hand sew and knit before the age of five. It was inevitable. Her mother was a professional knitter and seamstress.

As a young adult, the homemade clothing she created began to evolve from craft to art. She began creating her own patterns and combining unusual fabrics. It was at this time that she made her first quilt. Initially she created traditional quilts.

By the end of the twentieth century, she independently studied art and confidently referred to herself as an art quilter. She joined the Studio Art Quilt Associates and met locally with other fiber artists. In the early years of the 21st century, she began showing her art at various venues and continues to this day. The legacy of her mother lives on.

Sharron Olmstead lives in Ridgefield, WA on her family homestead. She started quilting in 1990 and discovered her love for fiber art and mixed media in 2002. She works in a number of media, including water color, acrylics and oil paints. Her work has been recognized in Quilting Arts magazine, and she has been an exhibiting member of Featured Artist groups in multiple exhibits sponsored by Clark County Quilters. In addition to exhibiting her work, she has sold her work at quilt shows and museums.

Ms. Olmstead is a graduate of the West Coast Quilt Judging Academy for traditional and art quilting and wearable arts. She expands her skills and knowledge by attending art and fiber art workshops. She has taught classes based on her original designs regionally and at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. She works to promote fiber arts through active participation in a number of fiber arts groups. Ms. Olmstead has served as President for Columbia FiberArts Guild and Clark County Quilters, and she is currently the Exhibit Chairman for Columbia FiberArts Guild. In addition, she is a member of High Fiber Diet, Studio Art Quilt Associates, National Quilting Association, and Association of Pacific West Quilters

Maarja Paris is a felt and fiber artist with a Master of Arts degree in French language and literature. Her work is influenced by her Estonian heritage with its love of vivid and unexpected use of color and intricately decorated textiles.

She learned to sew at an early age and garment making was a primary activity until 2004. At that time, after 27 years of teaching French language and culture, Maarja attended a workshop in felting which fortuitously brought a new dimension to her artistic endeavors, that of wet felting.

She has studied with various textile and felt artists in the United States, Canada and in Europe. Returning frequently to Estonia and to France gives her the opportunity to research new fiber techniques and genres among these the use of plants for natural dyes which she incorporates in her felt work.

Working with textiles has been a passion of Ms. Pilcher since her earliest memories. Her mother taught her to sew at a young age. She has scraps of silk and lace that her great-great grandmother brought from New York to Iowa. She wants to keep this needlework heritage alive as she passes her works on to younger generations. From doll clothes to garments for college friends, wedding gowns to weaving, knitting and wearable art to period clothing, millinery and art quilts, she has always been dabbling in some form of fiber. The color, texture and feel of fabric and yarns talk to her. She usually has to listen.

Ms. Pilcher spent her professional life as an educator, working as a public and high school librarian, academic coach, and sponsor of student organizations in her native Iowa. As a retiree she is excited to finally be taking the time to discover her path and define her vision as an artist. She is drawn to themes of history, family roots, literature and gardens. She loves trying different combinations of color and texture to create a pleasing and meaningful arrangement.

Ms. Pilcher has exhibited traditional and art quilts in a variety of shows including Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA; Pointless Sisters exhibitions in Occidental, Santa Rosa, and Sebastopol, CA; Des Moines Quilt Show, Des Moines, IA; Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA. She is a member of Columbia Fiber Arts Guild, and the sub-groups Fiber in Motion and High Fiber Diet, the Columbia River chapter of American Sewing Guild, Santa Rosa Quilt Guild and the Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Group, SAQA, and Surface Design Association.

Ms. Ruch discovered the weaving loom in college and has been weaving since. She worked in the textile industry for 18 years as a sample weaver and a jacquard designer for interiors, menswear, womenswear and contract furniture. Now she is back to creating her own work and selling it.

Ms. Ruch has taught at various colleges and schools in the Portland, Oregon area and is currently giving workshops around the west coast. She runs a custom dyeing and weaving business along with creating her own work

The work of Emily Mae Stevens springs from a lifelong passion for art and the creative process. She has focused her career on fiber and mixed media for more than a decade, and she has studied art at the Portland Art Institute and Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Prior to giving her life to art, Ms. Stevens was an elementary teacher for 27 years. Art was the inspiration for her teaching, and she received educational grants for art-related projects in Oregon schools.

Ms. Stevens’ work has been exhibited in numerous regional and national shows, including the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California and Houston, Texas. She participated in an award winning group exhibit at the American Quilter’s Society Show in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her work is consistently being shown throughout the nation. She is a member of Columbia FiberArts Guild, High Fiber Diet, and Studio Art Quilt Associates.

Gerrie L. Thompson grew up sewing clothes but found her real passion was quilting. Always looking for innovative ways to create, she has focused on art quilting and has successfully completed related courses from many nationally known instructors .Her award-winning work has been selected for local and regional exhibits.

As an active member of many local and regional quilt and fiber arts organizations, Ms. Thompson has chaired and organized many guild shows and activities. She has been judging quilt shows since 2008 and is a Trained Judge of Quilts and Wearable Art, from the West Coast Judging Academy.

Beverly Woodard lives in Tigard, Oregon. Her work has been exhibited in regional shows, as well as in galleries and museums. She has written for Quilting Arts magazine in addition to having her work recognized in the magazine. She has been an exhibiting member of Featured Artist groups in multiple exhibits sponsored by Clark County Quilters. Ms. Woodard loves sharing her designs and techniques with quilters; she believes that is how the hand arts are kept alive. She has taught techniques classes and workshops based on her original designs regionally, at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, and at the American Quilter’s Society Shows in Paducah, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Woodard is a past president of Columbia FiberArts Guild and is a member of High Fiber Diet, Association of Pacific West Quilters, and Clark County Quilters Art Quilt Group.


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