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Instructor Bios


Suzie Liles

Suzie Liles

Owner and Instructor

Suzie Liles has taught weaving for 30 years. Suzie is very enthusiastic and loves to share her knowledge. She has taught workshops and seminars for adults and children in the United States and Canada. Suzie has a MFA in Fibers from the University of Oregon. She is a member of the Handweavers Guild of America, Surface Design Association, and Spinning and Weaving Association. She is very active in the fiber arts community. She is the Owner of Eugene Textile Center and Co Owner of Glimakra USA also in Eugene Oregon.


Janis Thompson

Janis Thompson

Instructor

A whirlwind of artistic energy ... Janis is always learning and sharing various media ... mostly fibers, spinning, dyeing, knitting, felting, wire twisting, bead craft and RAKU. Janis is the owner of dyelots fiber studio in Eugene, an instructor at the Eugene Textile Center and the Educational Talks and Demonstrations chairperson for the BSG. She teaches, demonstrates and vends at many shows around the Northwest.


Barbara Pickett

Barbara Pickett

Instructor

Barbara Setsu Pickett and her son Michael create highly textured silk scarves for their Mihara Shibori Studio collections. Barbara is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon. The focus of her teaching and creative practice is velvetweaving, shibori, natural dyeing and artistsí books. Michael specializes in indigo dyeing and shibori and has created unique shibori patterns.


Ariana Schwartz

Ariana Schwartz

Instructor

Ariana Schwartz is a fiber artist and fashion designer from Eugene Oregon. She grew up living in Indonesia part time, where she studied silk batik and other traditional art forms. She went on to study textile, costume and fashion design, receiving an AAS in fashion design from The Fashion Institute of Technology, a BFA in fiber arts from the University of Oregon and an MFA in costume Design from The University of Texas at Austin. Ariana has worked as a fashion designer, costumer, stylist and freelance textile artist in Oregon, Texas, Bali and Paris. Her work focuses on the relationship between two 2D textile surface design and 3D garment design. She also specializes in textile painting, hand printing and dyeing as well as costume dyeing and distressing for theatre. In 2014, Ariana returned to Eugene after living abroad. She currently offers silk painting and block printing workshops through Eugene Textile Center and teaches fashion design to students of all ages through Lane Community College and the Lane Arts Council.


Jason Collingwood

Jason Collingwood

Instructor

Having briefly learnt to weave from his father at the age of 18, Jason returned to the discipline 6 years later and setup his own workshop in 1986, located in Nayland, Suffolk. Over the last 29 years Jason has woven to commission somewhere in the region of 2000+ rugs. Mostly for private clients, though also for some corporate clients, and worked with numerous architects and interior designers. Large commissions include a series of 24 rugs for the Sheraton hotel in Dar-es Salaam, in Tanzania; and a series of rugs for a castle in Switzerland. Exhibitions include a one man show in Amsterdam, and two man shows in Oxford, Connecticut (USA), and Portland (USA). The rugs can be woven to any size and colour way, are strong and durable for use on the floor, but equally can be used as wall-hangings. In addition to designing and weaving, Jason spends 3 - 4 months each year teaching at various art schools in America, Australia, Canada and Europe. This has led to Jason having his own brand of rug wool in America, as well as instructional DVD's and publications.


Marilyn Robert

Marilyn Robert

Instructor

Marilyn Robert has worked in the field of textile design and fiber art since the 1980s. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fibers from the University of Oregon. She has been the recipient of grants and awards, including a Japan Foundation Artist Grant in 1997 to travel in Japan for study of traditional indigo-dyed textiles and contemporary fiber art. Her artwork is exhibited internationally. She is the author of several articles about textiles, and enjoys curatorial work. She taught for thirteen years at Lane Community College as head of the Fibers program, and as an adjunct Fine Arts professor at the University of Oregon, both in Eugene, Oregon. Marilyn is the co-founder of Eugene Textile Center and currently travels, lecturing and teaching workshops. In 2001, she organized a textile tour to Turkey, where she returned in 2012 for the First International Textile Conference in Istanbul. She teaches both surface design techniques, such as dyeing, printing, mechanical and chemical manipulations of cloth, as well as handweaving. Marilyn is passionate about dyeing with botanical dyes and continues to teach and to learn more about this, her favorite subject.