Monday, June 1, 2015

DAFA awards two 2015 Scholarships

University of North Texas undergraduate Laura Tietjen and graduate student Sarah Westrup are DAFA’s 2015 Scholarship winners. The two accepted their $500 scholarships at DAFA’s May meeting from community services chair Brenda McKinney. Laura and Sarah also gave slide presentations showing their extensive fiber art works.

The students’ applications for scholarships came with high recommendations from Amie Adelman and Lesli Robertson, faculty members in the UNT Fibers program. We congratulate these fine young artists! And we are happy to present just a few pictures here of their very impressive work.

Sarah Westrup (left) and Laura Tietjen (right) pose with community services chair Brenda McKinney. Photo on the right shows one of Laura’s works, a multi-layer transperse-dye piece.
Left: Laura’s slide showing her twined wax linen piece “Heart.” Right: Laura’s slide showing her large pieces on linen, “Sirens.”
Left: Laura’s slide showing one of her “Sirens” pieces in progress on the work table. Right: Laura accepting her scholarship from Brenda.
Left: Sarah Westrup’s slide showing her woven linen rock installation with Texas-Mexico Border imagery. Right: Sarah’s woven waxed linen piece with eggs and cactus needles, “Huevos Rancheros.”
Left: Sarah’s slide showing her weaving with cactus pads and waxed linen, “Cactus Corner.” Right: Sarah's slide showing steps in her collaboration with past DAFA scholarship winner Analise Minjarez. They are pictured working along the Rio Grande River and in the gallery on a large installation titled “El Norte.”
Left: Sarah’s slide showing her gallery installation “Citizenship en el Cielo.” Center: Sarah speaking to the DAFA audience. Right:  Another of Sarah’s weavings, this one incorporating ear candles.
The May meeting included the installation of new officers for 2015-16. During the mini-workshop period Beth Swider led members in an Artist Trading Card Exchange. A few of the small works of art are shown here.

Posted by Carolyn Skei