About Us


MIX is a Portland, Oregon based group of artists dedicated to the creation of fiber art. Members of this group create bodies of work for exhibit venues and display.  The group meets once a month to critique, challenge and encourage one another, while exploring the design principles of their craft and other art media.

Members have used a wide range of techniques in their art including surface design (such as dyeing, printing, painting, screen printing, embroidery, etc.), piecing and appliqué (including fusing), quilting (machine and by hand), and several others. 

All designs are original and the group often works on an agreed-upon theme such as “Extreme” (extreme color, extreme shape, etc.) or our current project, “A Sense of Place”, for which we are creating works based on a specific place we have all visited.  

Members bring various backgrounds and life experiences to the group and discussions at the monthly meetings are lively.  These subjects can range from fiber works to art exhibits of other media to themes in art and can include even world news, all of which provide the basis for provocative and interesting designs by our members. 



LYNN ANDERSON
I began sewing at age 12, when our father bought a sewing machine for my sister and me. My project for the included classes went on to win at the local county fair for style and fabric choice, setting me on a course of lifelong sewing and learning. Like many other art quilters, I began quilting with traditional blocks. As I gained experience mixing blocks and breaking some of the rules, I discovered I like to innovate, combining elements and patterns, which ultimately has led me to free form quilting...creating from ideas or inspirations rather than from a pattern. I am attracted to the use of one dominating color or an almost completely neutral palette, aiming to draw the viewer's eye around the piece. I often include surface texture, i.e., raw edges, selvages, found objects, in addition to threads. And I favor simplicity over more details. Working  collaboratively is my preferred venue, as I almost always find feedback useful. Frequently, someone's summary of what they see leads me to an "aha moment" and serves to improve my piece.



KATHY BLONDELL
Sewing has been a great influence since I was very young. As an artist I've decided to work with fiber as textiles are the fabric of my life.  They are tactile and can be manipulated in a variety of ways, dyeing, discharging color, overprinting, surface design, piecing, raw edge. The possibilities seem endless.  In a visual world, I have always been inspired by the color, pattern and textures found in nature, and my immediate surroundings.  Working in a spontaneous and intuitive way, I would describe my work as bold and playful.  Always stimulating the visual with balance, carefully chosen color and texture for what I am trying to convey. Ideas are often inspired by a shape, a line or emotion.  Sometimes a crack in the sidewalk can be an interesting shape.  I like to look at that shape and imagine what I could do to manipulate it and bring it to life in another medium.  Sewing small mosaic pieces together to create something whole.




VALRI CHIAPPETTA
Growing up in an artful household with a print maker father and his wide-ranging art collections has made my own art more aesthetic-driven than message based.  Working with fiber, I can incorporate printing, dyeing, drawing, stitchery and the use of many materials.  My traditional art and fibers training provide a wonderful springboard for experimentation in the use of these tools.  Living abroad and curiosity about the world in general has been a tremendous source of inspiration for my subject matter, and I definitely favor the “Renaissance” approach over the hyper-specialization so prevalent today.





BETTY DAGGETT
Cloth is my vehicle of expression. With cloth I can express what I see around me. Nature inspires with endless color palettes and variety of texture and line. Nature has no limits opening countless paths for creativity. Beyond nature, my travels have taken to many modern cities as well as places of antiquity. Man-made structures both ancient and modern fascinate me. My camera has been my constant companion giving me smaller frames of what I see; enabling me to edit my visual world. Fiber allows me express both the beauty and the raw edges of the past and the present.  I am now exploring beyond fiber to add more depth to my work; experimenting other mediums of art. Workshops, classes and conversations with my peers and mentors give me as sense of confirmation that cloth is my vehicle of expression.  Cloth comforts my soul.



MELANIE GRANT
Creating with color has been a lifelong love affair that I have had since I can remember.  My current muse is creating with fiber, fabric and thread.  Intuitive and improvisational are words that come to mind to describe my work.  I am fascinated with the play of color and the fluidity of shapes and line.  The pieces that I create are inspired by structural and natural elements  found in my environment.  The construction and method I use consists of 3 to 4 layers of fabrics and fibers stitched together to create the final pieces.  I have a formal education in design from Washington State University. For more information please visit my WEBSITE




DIANE LOSLI-BRITT
Every artist has a voice. Is it consistent or ever-changing? I pursue my artistic voice through fabric now; through color, shape, construction. I want to create pieces that make me say . . . "That's my voice. I like that!"













ANNETTE McFARLANE

My love for fabric is genetic. My paternal grandmother worked in a coat factory as a young woman in England, and I started sewing a wool coat in high school home economics class. My first quilt was created from squares my maternal grandmother made from fabric she used to make my mother’s toddler dresses. The Sun Bonnet Sue and Overall Jim squares were perfect for my girl/boy twins. I ventured from traditional to fabric art quilts because of the freedom it allows an artist; no rules, just be creative using a multitude of techniques. The beautiful Northwest I call home offers daily lessons in natures colors and textures. My challenge is to use those     lessons to inspire my creativity, finding nature’s essence in fabrics and materials using my genetic code for inspiration.



ELAINE MILLAR
I am a fiber artist with a propensity for strong line and color. This is evidenced in my work. Inspiration stems from the world around me, whether it is natural or man-made. Either architecture or a rain forest can equally enthuse me.  In order to make sense of an idea, I often first develop it digitally within the confines of Photoshop or Illustrator, working through focus and balance issues and then trying on various colorings. This provides me with a strong beginning from which to choose the materials I will ultimately use. I work in fiber because I am totally tactile and love the various textures that fiber produces. I use a combination of materials, preferring hand dyed cloth and almost always include elements of screen printing.



HILDE MORIN
I look for drama in the creation of art quilts. Drama in the form of color and texture. I find inspiration in both natural and architectural scenes, having a particular fascination with weathered landscapes and structures. My technique includes the creation of a first layer of improvised pieced fabric with the addition of a second layer of texture through extensive thread work and some surface design. In addition to creating, I enjoy teaching free form techniques in the construction of art quilts. For more information, please visit my WEBSITE


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